I am a huge history buff! I love reading it, learning it and teaching it. When Family Christian Bookstores asked me to review George Washington’s Secret Six, I was thrilled!
What is the book about?
*Now with a new afterword containing never-before-seen research on the identity of the spy ring’s most secret member, Agent 355
“This is my kind of history book. Get ready. Here’s the action.” —BRAD MELTZER, bestselling author of The Fifth Assassin and host of Decoded
When 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. He realized that he couldn’t defeat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York.
Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have offered fascinating portraits of these spies: a reserved Quaker merchant, a tavern keeper, a brash young longshoreman, a curmudgeonly Long Island bachelor, a coffeehouse owner, and a mysterious woman. Long unrecognized, the secret six are finally receiving their due among the pantheon of American heroes.
George Washington’s Secret Six is a book that is about six relatively unknown heroes of the American Revolution. I think that Brian Kilmeade did a wonderful job researching and compiling his efforts for this book. The research is surrounding the events that took place in August of 1776 when George Washington had to retreat from New York City. Six brave secret men who called themselves the Culper Spy Ring helped him to recover. I think what seeps out of this book is Kilmeade’s love and passion for this subject. You can feel it throughout the book.
The six brave men were Robert Townsend, a newspaper editor whose identity was even secret for Washington; Austin Roe, a bartender who put both his job and life at stake; Caleb Brewster, a longshoreman who carried messages between Connecticut and New York; Abraham Woodhull who had the 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, but not least, a femme fatale called Agent 355, whose identity still remains unknown and who used her woman abilities to deceive men and learn useful information.
I am not sure if you would classify this book as historical fiction or historical fact told as a historical narrative! It was very well researched, packed full of facts and useful information, yet it was told in a story that drew me in and kept me turning the pages. I absolutely love how Kilmeade pays honor and respect to these brave heroes.
It is interesting that in our homeschool we have been studying the American Revolution and then this book comes up for review. It is funny how God works! 🙂 I recommend this book to anyone who has a love for history and loves learning about the forgotten heroes that seemed to have lost in the pages of history. I give it a 5/5!