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Israel Potter's story has been told four times, the last by the current authors, David Chacko and Alexander Kulcsar, in two well-received novels--Gone Over and The Brimstone Papers. Beggarman, Spy, the third installment, is "nonfiction" and equally impressive.

Beggarman, Spy retells the facts of "one of the strangest stories ever made known." Though Herman Melville, as well as Chacko and Kulcsar, made the story a basis for fiction, no one ever examined the biography to verify its sensational claims. That mistake has now been corrected.

The authors turn a hard eye on Potter's words from the first sentence of his book, which states three lies as facts. This is "forensic" history, and it includes looking at everyone around Potter. His biographer Henry Trumbull, for example, was a man as much at home churning out pornography as sermons.

Not our idea of a founding father? They're here, too, from Washington to Franklin, from sex-addled Quakers to money-driven Pilgrims. All had a part in making Potter's life less a mad-cap adventure than a weird tragedy. As these characters turn the wheel of Potter's fate, we gain a view of the times that has seldom been shown.

Did the captain of Potter's ship make his bones as a slave trader? Did Trumbull burn down the home of one of his subjects to create a bestseller? Did the most incredible of Potter's adventures--his mission to Franklin in Paris--actually take place?

Yes, but how it happened is where Beggarman, Spy excels. The authors rarely trust accepted accounts. By digging deeper, they produce many surprises. When surprise turns to coincidence, they explore those, too.

The book closes with a look at Melville set against the homecoming of Potter. It's the tale of an exile--or two--and the blood ties that define their lives. The way blood ties intertwine are the most important theme in the book.

What happened when the wife of Benedict Arnold took a strapping young stone mason into the house? Did the richest man in America really begin his fortune by drowning a slave?

See Beggarman, Spy for the answers.

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This is the final installment in the Israel Potter cycle. The first two books were novels--GONE OVER and THE BRIMSTONE PAPERS. Now BEGGARMAN, SPY caps the series with the truth that is almost as strange as the fictions. You will never read another book about American history like it because there has never been a story like it.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Foremost Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936154447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936154449
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,317,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Chacko has written twenty-some acclaimed novels. Many are in the espionage and mystery genres with occasional outbreaks into common sense. Those outbreaks are his historical novels. They are finely tuned tales of various eras and wide ranging places.

David can usually be found in Istanbul or New York. The consistent factor is that both places have good food, beautiful women, and memorable views of the sea. His novels have much the same range as his life, moving between the Americas and Europe to the Middle East with stops at points between.

Espionage Novels -- Less than a Shadow, The Peacock Angel, Echo Five (the Jason Ender series), The Black Chamber, White Gamma, Red Bishop One (the Stephen Warfield series), and Gage.

Crime Novels -- Graveyard Eyes, Devil's Feathers, (the Inspector Levent series), The God App, A Long Way from Eden, Brick Alley

Historical Novels -- Gone Over, The Brimstone Papers (the Israel Potter series), The Severan Prophecies, The Byzantium Stone, Like A Man, The Satan Machine

Miscellaneous -- The Shadow Master, Martyr's Creek, Price

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffry Muthersbaugh on March 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Beggarman, Spy" is a tremendous read on its own but even moreso if you're fortunate enough to have read Chacko & Kulcsar's earlier two Israel Potter books, "Gone Over" and "The Brimstone Papers".

I had the same feeling after reading each book..."I'm sorry to leave this character and his amazing life."

The books are well researched and very well written. I've been an enthusiast of colonial/revolutionary history for most of my life and have read volumes but there were details in these books that really help the reader understand what it was like to be an "ordinary" soldier or sailor in America's fight for Independence. It's a view of history one rarely gets.

The first two books, "Gone Over" and "The Brimstone Papers" are works of fiction that I found riveting. "Beggarman, Spy" is an excellent historical narrative that separates fact from fiction and gives one an in-depth understanding of the "real" Israel Potter.

I highly recommend all three of these books and my suggestion would be to read them in the order they were written. They will provide a great deal of enjoyment, adventure and excellent historical perspective on many of the people who sacrificed so much to win our Independence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pyron on June 30, 2011
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"Beggarman, Spy" is the biography of Israel Potter. ("Who?") Potter was a young Rhode Islander who, according to his memoirs, had a very adventurous career during the Revolutionary War. Chacko and Kulcsar have written two novels based on the memoirs, "Gone Over," which covers Potter's days as a spy; and "The Brimstone Papers, which tells his story leading up to his spying days. (I heartily recommend both, probably in that order.)

"Beggarman, Spy" is the product of impressive literary detective work to uncover the real Israel Potter. Did he really fight at Bunker Hill? Did he really talk with George III in his garden at Kew? with Benjamin Franklin in Paris? "Beggarman, Spy" has the answers.

The book is subtitled "The Secret Life and Times of Israel Potter," and it leans heavily on the times and on the various nefarious characters who affected Potter's life. It does damage to some legends in the process. It took the Rhode Island "Minutemen" a month, we learn, to stash their tools in the barn, find their muskets and join the troops at the siege of Boston. Some "patriots" were driven less by patriotism than by good, old-fashioned self-interest.

But this is not revisionist history. The facts uncovered are presented in a generally good-natured, sometimes humorous, tone. And there's no question Israel Potter was an interesting and likeable character. Like the authors' two novels on Potter, "Beggarman, Spy" makes thoroughly enjoyable reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Miller on April 12, 2011
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Having thoroughly enjoyed "Beggarman, Spy", I've just placed an order for the authors' two companion books ("Gone Over" and "The Brimstone Papers").

Combining a breezy, discursive style and an enthusiasm for primary sources that reminded me of Sarah Vowell's "Wordy Shipmates" with a sophisticated skepticism about the accuracy of facts in those sources that reminded me of Umberto Eco's "Baudolino", the book is both a detective story and a travelogue of revolutionary and post-revolutionary New England.

Be sure to read the notes and appendices. Appendix C, the divorce petition of Benedict Arnold III (the traitor's grandfather) could easily become the basis for an HBO miniseries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2014
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This story of Israel Potter of Cranston is great for research. The authors have dug deep into facts to come up with historical facts that are lost to time. I have been researching John Burlingame of Cranston for a long long time and come to find out I had most of the information I needed in another book at the all. This Beggarman, Spy lead me there. I am researching the sailors/soldiers of the ill-fated Brig Washington and this story was a great help. I read it in two days. Thanks to the authors for doing this research.
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