George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Based on previously unpublished research, George Washington's Secret Six is a gripping history of these amazing, anonymous Patriots who risked their lives for our freedom.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 54 minutes|
|Author||Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 05, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#5,518 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#13 in US Revolution & Founding History (Audible Books & Originals)
#17 in US State & Local History
#60 in U.S. Revolution & Founding History
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I honestly had no idea just how important espionage was during the Revolutionary War. When I thought of this topic, I thought of what I learned in school: founding fathers, minutemen, Paul Revere, etc. But now I know it's so much more than that, and there was so much more going on in the background. They don't teach this in schools, but they should, maybe kids would pay attention.
Never boring or dry, this book really pulls you into the spy ring and let's you get to know each individual involved. At the end, it also explores who female agent 355 might have been. Sometimes, it's so juicy, I can't believe it really happened. It was interesting to compare and contrast it with the show too, which did add some fictional elements and make some changes, but not so much that it draws away from the real history, which makes me love the show even more.
This is precisely the kind of history book I would recommend to people who (wrongly) think history is boring, but it's also thrilling for those who already appreciate history. I don't think I've ever blown through non-fiction this fast.
However, if you're looking for a book with a historical backdrop and some interesting characters that's short on scholarship and accuracy then you might like this book.
Therein lies the rub. A handful of footnotes and references does not make this a history book. This is a work of historical fiction and should be classified as such. You might enjoy reading it, but I have always believed that real history in and of itself is by far more interesting than anything any author could conjure up in the comfort of their 21st century office.
But we’re dealing with FOX here so facts are simply whatever you choose to believe, like FOX is “the most patriotic company in America” and Roger Ailes “deserves thanks” for hiring him. That’s where I made my mistake: I didn’t know the “author” was just a lesser expresser on FOX and Friends, using other people’s research and a real writer to produce something patrio-nifty with his name on it. It’s ironic that the “like new” copy I bought is so warped it wobbles on the table like a potato chip. Seriously. I’d make a joke about “Fair and Balanced” but for some it wouldn’t be patriotic. Instead buy a real history book on Washington’s spy ring.