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Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring | [Alexander Rose]

Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring

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.
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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.

©2006 Alexander Rose (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Richard J. Peach Boston 05-03-14
    Richard J. Peach Boston 05-03-14 Member Since 2013

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    What did you love best about Washington's Spies?

    It was a brief only about six hour so quick and to the point


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just hearing about the backgrounds of the spies and how they never wanted any credit or recognition. Just impressed with their patriotism


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator seemed like a kid reading a book report. Just wasn't my favorite narrator


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yeah it was certainly short enough but not on your edge type of story.


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    I just got finished reading a longer more detailed account about Washington's spies so this was a quick read and recap. Also I am watching the TV series "Turn" and it makes the tv show much more enjoyable

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