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Publisher's Summary

Students and enthusiasts of American history are familiar with the Revolutionary War spies Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold, but few studies have closely examined the wider intelligence efforts that enabled the colonies to gain their independence. Spies, Patriots, and Traitors provides readers with a fascinating, well-documented, and highly readable account of American intelligence activities during the era of the Revolutionary War, from 1765 to 1783, while describing the intelligence sources and methods used and how our Founding Fathers learned and practiced their intelligence role.

The author, a retired CIA officer, provides insights into these events from an intelligence professional's perspective, highlighting the tradecraft of intelligence collection, counterintelligence, and covert actions and relating how many of the principles of the era's intelligence practice are still relevant today. Daigler reveals the intelligence activities of famous personalities such as Samuel Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Nathan Hale, John Jay, and Benedict Arnold, as well as many less well-known figures.

The book is published by Georgetown University Press.

©2014 Georgetown University Press (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

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Great content, had a hard time with the narrator

What would have made Spies, Patriots, and Traitors better?

Honestly, the narrator sounds like he's narrating an industrial safety video (of which, I have seen many). Very limited range. Also, there was some excess breathing noise and other distracting sounds.

Would you be willing to try another one of James McSorley’s performances?

Only if I proof-listened first. I should have done that this time.

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I was excited to hear from an actual CIA clandestine operative, but was disappointed by the narrator. Hard to follow. I plodded my way through it because Audible wouldn't let me do a return.

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Poor reader

Was very hopeful about listening to this book. Returning the book due to the reader. Very unentertaining.

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Interesting book

very well writen and reached. Excellent back stories and personal histories on all people mentioned.

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Very well researched, but a bit dry.

I appreciated the perspective of a former CIA agent. It is well researched; but, at times reads like a fact sheet. The performance reads like an AM radio news cast.