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George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution [Kindle Edition]

Brian Kilmeade , Don Yaeger
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“As a Long Islander endlessly fascinated by events that happened in a place I call home, I hope with this book to give the secret six the credit they didn’t get in life. The Culper spies represent all the patriotic Americans who give so much for their country but, because of the nature of their work, will not or cannot take a bow or even talk about their missions.”

—Brian Kilmeade

When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring.

Washington realized that he couldn’t beat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were the members’ identities that one spy’s name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and one remains unknown today. But by now, historians have discovered enough information about the ring’s activities to piece together evidence that these six individuals turned the tide of the war.

Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have painted compelling portraits of George Washington’s secret six:

Robert Townsend, the reserved Quaker merchant and reporter who headed the Culper Ring, keeping his identity secret even from Washington;

Austin Roe, the tavern keeper who risked his employment and his life in order to protect the mission;

Caleb Brewster, the brash young longshoreman who loved baiting the British and agreed to ferry messages between Connecticut and New York;

Abraham Woodhull, the curmudgeonly (and surprisingly nervous) Long Island bachelor with business and family excuses for traveling to Manhattan;

James Rivington, the owner of a posh coffeehouse and print shop where high-ranking British officers gossiped about secret operations;

Agent 355, a woman whose identity remains unknown but who seems to have used her wit and charm to coax officers to share vital secrets.

In George Washington’s Secret Six, Townsend and his fellow spies finally receive their due, taking their place among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution.

Editorial Reviews


“James Bond is a rank amateur compared to the heroic efforts of the Culper Ring. Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger’s work demonstrates why the story of the secret six should be anything but a secret in American history.”
HARVEY MACKAY, author of Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

“A rollicking read by Kilmeade and Yaeger, acknowledging a long overdue debt to six American heroes.”

“We would not have won the Revolution and secured our freedom, were it not for the leadership of George Washington and the courage of the spies he set in motion. George Washington’s Secret Six is a gripping and informative read.”
CONGRESSMAN PETE KING, chairman of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security

“It would have been an honor to have served with Robert Townsend and the rest of the Culper spies in any of the deep-cover
intelligence operations I spearheaded over twenty-seven years.”
WAYNE SIMMONS, coauthor of The Natanz Directive; CIA–Outside Paramilitary Special Operations

“Freedom is not free, never has been, and never will be. Kilmeade and Yaeger have done a wonderful job in reminding us all of the cost. Great read.”

“A historical gem. I loved it.”

About the Author

Brian Kilmeade cohosts Fox News Channel’s morning show Fox & Friends and hosts the nationally syndicated radio show Kilmeade & Friends. The author of two previous books about sports, he lives on Long Island.
Don Yaeger has written twenty-three books, including seven New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7390 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 159523103X
  • Publisher: Sentinel (November 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5R7FP4
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227 of 244 people found the following review helpful
"George Washington's Secret Six" by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger is an interesting story about six almost or completely unknown names of the American Revolution heroes.

The authors conducted an extensive research about events that took place when General Washington had to retreat from New York City in August 1776 when due to the six brave men of secret agents which called themselves Culper Spy Ring, he was able to recover.

Washington correctly judged that he cannot adequately respond to strong British army power, and instead he conceived a plan to form secret group of people whose task will be to sneak into New York.

Given that the importance of the operation was enormous, and its secrecy of the first priority the group members' identities were hidden for almost 200 years and in this novel they finally receive the necessary attention due to the importance of what they did.

These six brave people were Robert Townsend newspaper editor whose identity was even secret for Washington, Austin Roe, bartender who put both his job and life on stake, Caleb Brewster longshoreman who carried messages between Connecticut and New York, Abraham Woodhull who had perfect family excuse for New York traveling, James Rivington who was responsible for collecting information from British officers in his shop and coffeehouse and last person, a f femme fatale called Agent 355, whose identity still remains unknown and who used her woman woman's abilities to deceive men and learn many useful information.

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger did an excellent job both in collecting all these long hidden information and conveying portraits of six brave people who changed the tide of American Revolution.
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372 of 404 people found the following review helpful
All I can say is - wow. Kilmeade has taken disparate chunks of history and woven them into an intriguing historical narrative. To call this book historical fiction is to underrate it. It is historical fact told as a story. And what, after all, is history? It is the story of humanity's triumphs and failures; the story of good and evil; the story of those who are complacent and those who risk it all. Kilmeade's story gives honor to these anonymous heroes, the silent few, who dared to act greatly and did not seek recognition for it. This is more than a good read; it is a testament to the goodness of honest men. I plan to assign it to my American History 101 class this spring.
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read December 18, 2013
By Douglas
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First I would like to say that I started reading this book Saturday morning and finished it Sunday night. It was really fun to read. The reason I give it only a three star review is that is not exactly a scholarly work (no footnotes, for example) so I was left with a sense of wondering about the veracity of everything in the book. I imagine there are other books about the Washington spies and this book has made me curious enough to read another account. I have to chuckle at all the 1 star reviews. Virtually all of them protest to the book because of the author, Brian Kilmeade. I did not know the author was a commentator for Fox News until I read those reviews. Impugning a history book simply because of the political views of the author is inane. George Washington's Secret Six is not a book espousing a political agenda of some sort, as these reviewers would have one believe. Another reason for the 3 star is that it was a rather bit over-priced given content. In any event, if you know little about the spy ring, this is as good a place to start as any.
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139 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JO ANNE IN OK November 5, 2013
With all the mystery of an Agatha Christie novel, the intrigue of a Sherlock Holmes adventure, and the plot twist of Mission Impossible, Mr.Kilmeade has written a mini novel that finally pays homage to six revolutionaries who forfeited their personal comfort and safety to aid and abet the birth of a fledgling nation struggling for independence. Brian has taken a slice of American history and thru historical detail,personal correspondence,and the addition of crisp dialogue made the secret six come to life in a way that makes for compelling reading. This book belongs in your library and should be wrapped with paper and ribbon for Christmas but the first thing to do is get a cup of coffee and turn to chapter one! Nice work, Mr. K!
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133 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History Comes Alive: Who Knew? November 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Brian's enthusiasm for the historical background of this book is obvious, as is his knowledge of the persons and events. His passion for this topic goes back 15 years. His children are lucky to have a such an enthusiastic historian in the family! Story is very readable and the reader quickly discovers who the real heroes of the Revolutionary War were.
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65 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Washingtons Secret Six November 8, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is absolutely wonderful. Informative and full of information I did not know, and I am a student of history. While informative it is also entertaining and I read it in one sitting all day long. It was that interesting.
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61 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This History Buff LOVES this book! November 8, 2013
By John
I had a direct flight from LA to NYC recently and I read this entire book during the flight! I couldn't put it down. Such a great story and I learned so much. Thanks, Kilmeade!
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63 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, couldn't put it down November 8, 2013
This book is absolutely incredible. The details are outstanding, and I learned so much that I read the book in less than a day. It's so well-written that I will giving this to everyone I know this Christmas! I'm especially excited to give this to my cousin, who teaches high school history. This book is a must read to understanding American history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good storytellers, but bad history
This book argues unconvincingly that these six spies saved the American revolution.

The small spy network described in this book did not even come into existence until... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by 2bluesky2
4.0 out of 5 stars History lesson
, I found this story very interesting since I was born in Yonkers and then lived on Long Island. Places were familar and I could visualize locations.
Published 4 hours ago by Trudysue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
I enjoyed reading this book. I learned a part of history that I didn't know and it was written nicely.
Beverly Redd
Published 6 hours ago by Beverly C Redd
5.0 out of 5 stars Humbled
I found it Truly amazing the information gathered and presented in this book. I literally read this book in two days unable to put it down. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Christopher Todd Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
The Culper Ring of six individuals in essence won the war for the Colonists. As one of the leaders of the British intelligence during the war said; "Washington did not out... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Bill Fullilove
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look at unheralded history.
Who knew that our nation may not have come to be but for the selfless bravery of six unsung individuals. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
This is a story that should be known by all that value the freedoms enjoyed in the USA! Great read.
Published 1 day ago by Lori Draper
5.0 out of 5 stars Strengh and courage of The Spy Ring has made our freedoms in this...
I highly recommend this book for it's content. It was extremely well written and I enjoyed how quotes of these famous people were intertwined within the content. Read more
Published 1 day ago by SANDRA KINIRY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I found this book so interesting, one wonders if the war could have been won, with out the knowledge these brave folks contributed. The Wolff
Published 1 day ago by thewolff
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for fans of American history
This book gives a new insight into the history of the Revolutionary War. A fascinating tale of bravery and espionage.
Published 2 days ago by Scott Girouard
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