Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 384 pages
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Soon to be a series on AMC

Based on remarkable new research, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose brings to life the true story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time, Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and deep into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses, covert operations and code breaking, and unmasks the courageous, flawed men who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors—including the spymaster at the heart of it all.

In the summer of 1778, with the war poised to turn in his favor, General George Washington desperately needed to know where the British would strike next. To that end, he unleashed his secret weapon: an unlikely ring of spies in New York charged with discovering the enemy’s battle plans and military strategy.

Washington’s small band included a young Quaker torn between political principle and family loyalty, a swashbuckling sailor addicted to the perils of espionage, a hard-drinking barkeep, a Yale-educated cavalryman and friend of the doomed Nathan Hale, and a peaceful, sickly farmer who begged Washington to let him retire but who always came through in the end. Personally guiding these imperfect everyday heroes was Washington himself. In an era when officers were gentlemen, and gentlemen didn’ t spy, he possessed an extraordinary talent for deception—and proved an adept spymaster.

The men he mentored were dubbed the Culper Ring. The British secret service tried to hunt them down, but they escaped by the closest of shaves thanks to their ciphers, dead drops, and invisible ink. Rose’s thrilling narrative tells the unknown story of the Revolution–the murderous intelligence war, gunrunning and kidnapping, defectors and executioners—that has never appeared in the history books. But Washington’s Spies is also a spirited, touching account of friendship and trust, fear and betrayal, amid the dark and silent world of the spy.

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User Review  - Shirley Brown - Goodreads

This was an interesting story about the spies that General Washington used to aid him in his role as "America's General. It was mostly a factual story and one that I knew very little about. What was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wes - Goodreads

Today, it is difficult for us to imagine the fear of living in a world where your neighbors cannot be trusted because they be Rebel or Loyalist. Read full review


Title Page
CHAPTER TWO The Year of the Hangman
CHAPTER THREE Genesis of the Culper Ring
CHAPTER FOUR 711 and the Sympathetic Stain
CHAPTER FIVE The Man of Parts and Halves
CHAPTER SIX The Adventures of the Culper Ring
CHAPTER SEVEN On His Majestys Secret Service
CHAPTER EIGHT Spyhunters and Whaleboatmen
CHAPTER NINE The Wilderness of Mirrors
Lord Now Lettest Thou Thy Servants Depart in Peace

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About the author (2007)

Alexander Rose earned his doctorate from Cambridge University, where his prizewinning research focused on political and scientific history. He is the author of Kings in the North: The House of Percy in British History and American Rifle: A Biography, and his writing has appeared in The New York Observer, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

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