Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution
During the American Revolution, espionage was critical to the successes and failures of both Continental and British efforts, and those employed in cloakand- dagger operations always risked death. While the most notorious episode of spying during the war-the Benedict Arnold affair-was a failure, most intelligence operations succeeded. Spycraft was no more wholly embraced than by the American commander-in-chief, George Washington. Washington relied on a vast spy network and personally designed sophisticated battle plan deceptions and counterintelligence efforts, some surprisingly modern in form. In Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution, award-winning author John A. Nagy briefly traces the history of spy techniques from ancient China through Elizabethan England before embarking on the various techniques used by spies on both sides of the war to exchange secret information. These methods included dictionary codes, diplomatic ciphers, dead drops, hidden compartments (such as a hollowed-out bullet or a woman's garter), and even musical notation, as well as efforts of counterintelligence, including "Black Chambers," where postal correspondence was read by cryptologists. Throughout, the author provides examples of the various codes and ciphers employed, many of which have not been previously described. In addition, the author analyzes some of the key spy rings operating during the war, most notably the Culper ring that provided information to Washington from inside British-controlled New York City. Based on nearly two decades of primary research, including the author's discovery of previously unrecognized spies and methods, Invisible Inkis a major contribution to the history of conflict and technology.
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This book is an interesting book. It gives many ways that spycraft, deception, and subterfuge were used during the Revolutionary War. It provides lots of information. It is a topic that is not much focused on, and therefore, provides information that will be new to almost everyone. The book itself is not exceptionally weel written. There are many mistakes (e.g. missing words, wrong tense usage, etc.). The book is not written as a story highlighting spycraft. Instead it is organized by category. I found this to be somewhat disjointed, but interesting nonetheless. However, it is still worth reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Revolutionary War, or spycraft.
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I couldn't get into this one, and I'm pretty bummed about it. I usually devour real life espionage/spycraft books, but this one was much too choppy. I should've listened to some reviewers who warned ...
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