George Washington’s Secret Secret Six
By Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
An intimate window into the clandestine world of our nation’s first spy ring, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger is delectably informative and tantalizingly educational. Full of suspense, of intrigue and of interesting facts, as well as excerpts for the spy ring’s actual correspondence, this book is well worth triple it’s listed price. The book sheds light on a little illuminated part of a history which we thought we knew so well. We have studied the American Revolution, or at least its events that took place on the battlefields, in the ballrooms, business and homes, but not what happened in the dark, corners of the sound or in the dense protection of the forests. We thought we knew the character and nature of the men at the foremost edge of the battle, yet now find that they were willing to do what was necessary for the good of the cause. For instance, in the book you will read about how the man who could tell no lies, actually lied and planted false information to help ensure our victory and the safe landing of our allies, the French.
Kilmeade and Yaeger have gifted us with an extremely well written and comprehensive look into the life of our first spy ring and the lives and livelihoods of its members. Would that we have been blessed that such a small number took on immeasurable risk not only to their lives but those of their families as well, so that we might live in a free nation. Though their battles were not fought in the open fields, these spies were very much a part of the fight for our independence, freedom to live as we see fit, freedom from tyranny and subjugation from a foreign crown. We owe so much to these men, their mysterious female counterpart for their bravery, hard work and ingenuity. This is a book that you really should pick up this summer. Its perfect for traveling, or reading at home as you drink in the summer sun.
This book was riveting, captivating and inspiring. I am very thankful to Brian Kilmeade for sending me a copy and will cherish and treasure, with a special place on my bookshelves. From his work I learned so much and I am sure that I will return to visit the information between its covers again and again. There is so much to learn in this book, no matter how much of an American history scholar you might fancy yourself to be. If you have any interest in history, government, politics, intrigue, the world of espionage or secretive plots then George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution is a must read. The popularity and sensationalism of this book and its contents has already inspired a mini-series on AMC called TURN and I am sure there will be more to follow. Already I have a line of people asking me to borrow the book, but this is one I mightn’t risk losing.