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George Washington's Secret Six

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George Washington's Secret Six

The Spy Ring That Saved America
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From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War

Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British...before they, or anyone else, could discover their names.

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger finally give Townsend and his fellow spies their proper due, telling the fascinating story of how they passed information to George Washington that turned the tide of the war. Using a network of citizen operatives that included a longshoreman, bartender, newspaper editor, housewife, tailor, and femme fatale, and employing a series of complex codes, the so-called Culper Spy Ring used sophisticated tactics to subvert the British.

Based on previously unpublished research, George Washington's Secret Six is a gripping history of these amazing, anonymous Patriots who risked their lives for our freedom.

From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War

Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British...before they, or anyone else, could discover their names.

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger finally give Townsend and his fellow spies their proper due, telling the fascinating story of how they passed information to George Washington that turned the tide of the war. Using a network of citizen operatives that included a longshoreman, bartender, newspaper editor, housewife, tailor, and femme fatale, and employing a series of complex codes, the so-called Culper Spy Ring used sophisticated tactics to subvert the British.

Based on previously unpublished research, George Washington's Secret Six is a gripping history of these amazing, anonymous Patriots who risked their lives for our freedom.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Brian Kilmeade clearly is excited by his subject, and the story of George Washington's spy ring during the American Revolution is indeed an exciting story. But in his narration of the book he cowrote, he needs to dial back some of that enthusiasm. He adds emphasis to passages and even words that don't warrant it. He also pauses at awkward and even unexpected points in sentences. In remarks at a book signing this would be acceptable, but in a book-length reading it becomes distracting. A more studied reading of the book, adding emphasis more judiciously, would have done the subject greater justice. To make the book longer, the authors include basic information about the American Revolution, which nearly all listeners will already know. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
  • Library Journal

    March 1, 2014

    This history of six of George Washington's spies in New York during the American Revolution covers fascinating material but does so with a flawed execution. Kilmeade (It's How You Play the Game) and Yaeger (Greatness) tell the story of five men and one woman, whose identity is still unknown, in British-occupied New York, who were working to pass military secrets to Washington in the time between the invasion of New York and the British withdrawal at the end of the war. Washington himself plays a relatively minor role here as the instigator of the enterprise and the recipient of the spies' work. The book's climax is the thwarting of Benedict Arnold's plot to surrender West Point. The authors are fond of hyperbole and superlatives, even when subtlety or complexity are called for. They also made the questionable choice to include fictionalized conversations, which are quite stilted. Kilmeade narrates, and his vocal style is to speak as though every sentence is the most important. VERDICT Only for fans of Kilmeade.--Tristan M. Boyd, Westbank Community Lib., Austin, TX

    Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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