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

ISBN-10: 0553383299

ISBN-13: 9780553383294

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Authors: Alexander Rose
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Description: 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. "From the Hardcover edition."

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Alexander Rose is an American author and historian. He was born in the United States in 1971, and raised in Australia and Britain. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he was awarded a doctorate for his thesis, Radar Strategy: The Air Dilemma and British Politics, 1932-1937. As a journalist, Rose's writing has appeared in, among other places, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the CIA journal Studies in Intelligence. He is a member of the United States Commission on Military History, the Society for Military History, and the Royal Historical Society. He has authored several historical works, including Washington's Spies (which is the basis for AMC series Turn) American Rifle and Kings in the North.

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