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Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Rose
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Basing his tale on remarkable original research, historian Alexander Rose reveals the unforgettable story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time, Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses, covert operations and code breaking, and unmasks the courageous, flawed individuals who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors—including the spymaster at the heart of it all, George Washington.
 
Previously published as Washington’s Spies
 
“Alexander Rose tells this important story with style and wit.”—Pulitzer Prize–winning author Joseph J. Ellis
 
“Fascinating . . . Spies proved to be the tipping point in the summer of 1778, helping Washington begin breaking the stalemate with the British. . . . [Alexander] Rose’s book brings to light their crucial help in winning American independence.”Chicago Tribune
 
“[Rose] captures the human dimension of spying, war and leadership . . . from the naive twenty-one-year-old Nathan Hale, who was captured and executed, to the quietly cunning Benjamin Tallmadge, who organized the ring in 1778, to the traitorous Benedict Arnold.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Rose gives us intrigue, crossed signals, derring-do, and a priceless slice of eighteenth-century life. Think of Alan Furst with muskets.”—Richard Brookhiser, author of Founding Father
 
“A compelling portrait of [a] rogues’ gallery of barkeeps, misfits, hypochondriacs, part-time smugglers, and full-time neurotics that will remind every reader of the cast of a John le Carré novel.”—Arthur Herman, National Review


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“Alexander Rose tells this important story with style and wit.”—Pulitzer Prize–winning author Joseph J. Ellis
 
“Fascinating . . . Spies proved to be the tipping point in the summer of 1778, helping Washington begin breaking the stalemate with the British. . . . [Alexander] Rose’s book brings to light their crucial help in winning American independence.”Chicago Tribune
 
“[Rose] captures the human dimension of spying, war and leadership . . . from the naive twenty-one-year-old Nathan Hale, who was captured and executed, to the quietly cunning Benjamin Tallmadge, who organized the ring in 1778, to the traitorous Benedict Arnold.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Rose gives us intrigue, crossed signals, derring-do, and a priceless slice of eighteenth-century life. Think of Alan Furst with muskets.”—Richard Brookhiser, author of Founding Father
 
“A compelling portrait of [a] rogues’ gallery of barkeeps, misfits, hypochondriacs, part-time smugglers, and full-time neurotics that will remind every reader of the cast of a John le Carré novel.”—Arthur Herman, National Review

About the Author

Alexander Rose earned his doctorate from Cambridge University, where his prizewinning research focused on political and scientific history. He is the author of Kings in the North: The House of Percy in British History and American Rifle: A Biography, and his writing has appeared in The New York Observer, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! June 26, 2014
By EmmaMom
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Well written and easy to follow, this engrossing book follows the story of the Culper Ring, its development and how important their contributions were to Washington's ultimate victory in the American Revolution. I bought this as research after watching the AMC TV series "Turn" Season 1 and frankly, didn't expect to find this book as engrossing as I have, as I rarely read historical non-fiction. This book isn't your typical dry-as-dust historical non-fiction - it's just fascinating. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Writing a book is a love affair and nowhere is that more evident than in the book “Washington’s Spies” by Alexander Rose. In responding to his extensive research and writing while constructing the story of the Culper Spy Ring, Rose referred to them as “my spies.”

This personal approach is evident in the meticulous detail and wide-ranging research Rose undertook in his effort to uncover both the hidden personalities of the Culper Spies and the large clandestine cast of characters that surrounded and assisted them.

The fact that he accomplished both of these goals is evident in his 2006 book (updated in 2014 with some additional material and a Kindle edition). The wonderful spy craft undertaken by the Culper Spy Ring is central to the book. Rose has given readers a fresh look into the spy craft and methodology of General Washington’s Long Island-based Culper Spy Ring.

What is clear in the book and from the wealth of primary documents that still exist concerning the Culper Spy Ring, is that the conditions that existed on Long Island and especially in Setauket were so unique that this highly accurate and credible intelligence activity could not have occurred anywhere else. True, there were many spies that operated during the Revolutionary War, on both sides, but there was only one known spy ring, the Culpers.

As detailed by Rose, General George Washington, credited by even British intelligence sources as the 18th century’s ultimate spymaster, changed forever the standard military method of gathering and interpreting spy data. Washington, following the ideas suggested to him by Nathaniel Sackett, his civilian intelligence chief, wanted to insert a spy into the very center of the British military encampment in New York City.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story of civilians helping the American cause June 27, 2014
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Great true story of civilians risking their lives for the American cause and for friendship. It is the story of these individuals living secret lives in the midst of a war that is so fascinating! The author throws a lot of good and interesting information at you. He also makes that information connect to well known facts and events, making it all come together for history lovers. I did however, find myself having to backtrack to keep up with the names and tangents the author would throw at you in the middle of the main story.

If you enjoyed the book, AMC also made a show based off of it called TURN, which I highly recommend! It is historical fiction, but many aspects of the show will be familiar to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating June 5, 2014
By rckrr
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I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the American Revolutionary War or anyone interested in espionage in general. It is an easy read and I found myself captivated from the beginning as I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I am amazed at how dedicated and brave these patriotic spies were. They literally put their neck on the line as they worked behind enemy lines to get Washington the information he needed to prevent being completely out maneuvered by the British. There are many reasons why America won the war and gained independence from England, and It is good to see that the Culper Spy Ring is being acknowledged over two hundred years later for their efforts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book June 16, 2014
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My husband, for whom I ordered it, enjoyed reading it and kept it nearby as he watched the TV series "Turn." The series caused him to ask for the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Very informative about a little known piece of U.S. history. The writing is a little heavy and slow at times but in some places really reads like a modern-day spy thriller. Is especially fun when read in conjunction with the viewing of "Turn," the new serial on AMC. I should think all history buffs, students of codes and codebreaking, and residents of the New York/Long Island area would especially enjoy this work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars America's FIRST spy ring September 23, 2014
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I love the history-based novels. They can be a little dry at times, but are usually fascinating. I watched the TV series "Turn" and became quite interested in this part of American history. These are REAL people doing dangerous things all for a cause they believed in! I wonder if I could have been so brave?! Interesting read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading. September 4, 2014
By Dr. Wu
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Fascinating follow up reading after watching Season 1 of AMC's "Turn", which was great, and good to know they'll be a season two. Where was I in high school when they taught the history of the Revolution?
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More About the Author

A little about myself. I was born in the United States, grew up in Australia, and educated (to the best of my modest abilities) in Britain. After that, I moved to Canada, became what was known in the pre-Internet era -- it seems a long time ago now -- as a "newspaperman," and eventually transferred to Washington, D.C. These days, I just write books here in New York. One of them, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, is the basis for a forthcoming AMC television series.

My writing has appeared in, among other places, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Observer, the CIA journal Studies in Intelligence, MHQ: The Quarterly of Military History, Invention & Technology, Intelligence & National Security, The National Interest, the Daily Telegraph, and the English Historical Review.

I'm a member of the United States Commission on Military History, the Society for Military History, and the Royal Historical Society, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. I've worked as a consultant on several television series (including America: The History of Us, Gun Stories, and Discovery Channel's How We Invented The World) and magazine projects (U.S. News & World Report's special issues on the American Revolution and Espionage, for instance), and serve as a contributor to the Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence.

At the moment, I'm a Writer-in-Residence at the Allen Room of the New York Public Library, where I am striving to write a book about soldiers' experiences of battle since the War of Independence. If I can get my act together, it's scheduled for publication in Fall 2014.

I have a particular interest in military and intelligence history, but I write also on technology and, occasionally, firearms (a mix of military and technology, I guess). I review the odd book for the newspapers and write the occasional article for various magazines; I'll add links to these on my website as, when, or if they appear.

I always like to hear from readers, so if you have any questions or comments or requests (or insults), please feel free to contact me. You can also find me on Facebook. Anyway, come and browse over at www.alexrose.com, where you'll find excerpts, videos, a wide selection of articles, a contact page, and a link to Facebook.

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