Synopses & Reviews
and#147;As a Long Islander endlessly fascinated by eventsand#160;that happened in a place I call home, I hope withand#160;this book to give the secret six the credit they didnand#8217;tand#160;get in life. The Culper spies represent all the patrioticand#160;Americans who give so much for their country but,and#160;because of the nature of their work, will not or cannotand#160;take a bow or even talk about their missions.and#8221; and#151;Brian Kilmeade
When General George Washington beat a hastyand#160;retreat from New York City in August 1776, manyand#160;thought the American Revolution might soon beand#160;over. Instead, Washington ralliedand#151;thanks in largeand#160;part to a little-known, top-secret group called theand#160;Culper Spy Ring.
Washington realized that he couldnand#8217;t beat theand#160;British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticatedand#160;and deeply secretive intelligence network toand#160;infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were theand#160;membersand#8217; identities that one spyand#8217;s name was notand#160;uncovered until the twentieth century, and oneand#160;remains unknown today. But by now, historiansand#160;have discovered enough information about the ringand#8217;sand#160;activities to piece together evidence that these sixand#160;individuals turned the tide of the war.
Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeadeand#160;and Don Yaeger have painted compelling portraits ofand#160;George Washingtonand#8217;s secret six: and#160;
- Robert Townsend, the reserved Quaker merchantand#160;and reporter who headed the Culper Ring, keepingand#160;his identity secret even from Washington;
- Austin Roe, the tavern keeper who risked hisand#160;employment and his life in order to protect theand#160;mission;
- Caleb Brewster, the brash young longshoremanand#160;who loved baiting the British and agreed to ferryand#160;messages between Connecticut and New York;
- Abraham Woodhull, the curmudgeonly (andand#160;surprisingly nervous) Long Island bachelorand#160;with business and family excuses for travelingand#160;to Manhattan;
- James Rivington, the owner of a posh coffeehouseand#160;and print shop where high-ranking British officersand#160;gossiped about secret operations;
- Agent 355, a woman whose identity remainsand#160;unknown but who seems to have used her wit andand#160;charm to coax officers to share vital secrets.
In George Washingtonand#8217;s Secret Six, Townsend andand#160;his fellow spies finally receive their due, takingand#160;their place among theand#160;pantheon of heroes of theand#160;American Revolution.
The runaway New York Times bestseller about six unlikely spies who helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War
When the Continental Army beat a hasty retreat from New York in August 1776, many thought the Revolution was doomed. Instead, General Washington rallied, thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. This surprisingly sophisticated team spied on the British leaders while also spreading misinformation about Washingtons plans. Their spycraft was centuries ahead of its time.
Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have written a fascinating book about the six civilians who turned the tide of the war, among them a Quaker merchant, a tavern keeper, a brash young longshoreman, the owner of a posh coffeehouse, and a woman who used her wit and charm to coax British officers to share vital secrets. This gripping true story finally elevates the secret six to their rightful place among the pantheon of American heroes.
*Now with a new afterword containing never-before-seen research on the identity of the spy rings most secret member, Agent 355
This is my kind of history book. Get ready. Heres the action.” BRAD MELTZER, bestselling author of The Fifth Assassin and host of Decoded
When George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington ralliedthanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. He realized that he couldnt defeat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York.
Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have offered fascinating portraits of these spies: a reserved Quaker merchant, a tavern keeper, a brash young longshoreman, a curmudgeonly Long Island bachelor, a coffeehouse owner, and a mysterious woman. Long unrecognized, the secret six are finally receiving their due among the pantheon of American heroes.
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About the Author
cohosts Fox News Channels morning show Fox and Friends” and also hosts the nationally syndicated radio show Kilmeade and Friends.” He lives on Long Island.
Don Yaeger has written or co-written twenty-three books, and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.