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George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  16,432 ratings  ·  1,984 reviews
As a Long Islander endlessly fascinated by eventsthat happened in a place I call home, I hope withthis book to give the secret six the credit they didn tget in life. The Culper spies represent all the patrioticAmericans who give so much for their country but, because of the nature of their work, will not or cannottake a bow or even talk about their missions. Brian Kilmeade ...more
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Published November 5th 2013 by Sentinel
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Kyle I've only gotten a few chapters in however it exaggerates the narrative and elevates the founders of the US to Heroic stature. It also take a very sim…moreI've only gotten a few chapters in however it exaggerates the narrative and elevates the founders of the US to Heroic stature. It also take a very simple view as to what many of the catalyst of the Revolutionary war.(less)
Michael Sypes No, don't waste your time beyond checking out the references in the back to perhaps find books worth reading…moreNo, don't waste your time beyond checking out the references in the back to perhaps find books worth reading(less)

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Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, the title and the subject are much more exciting than this sometimes sophomoric telling of the Culper Ring's story. To say it is dumbed down is an under statement. I read on, even after encountering: "But as the sky began to lighten, there were still men to move -- and it was then that Washington's prayers proved effective. A thick fog began to roll in, like the benevolent breath of God, providing cover and protection until every last soldier and piece of equipment reached safety ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I wish I'd paid attention to who the author was before deciding to listen to this in audiobook form. Brian Kilmeade is from Fox & Friends, notorious for his idiot taco comment to a co-anchor. Once I discovered this, I became more skeptical of the book. I'm not perfect. I just don't like that guy.

The topic interests me, the spy ring formed by Washington that successfully obtained important information during the Revolutionary War, not the least being the entire British naval code. The mystery of
Jason Koivu
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, war
"I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." - Nathan Hale, American Revolution Spy.

"I only regret that I have but one life in which to read I am DONE with this muthafucker." - Jason Koivu, American Reader.

American Revolution history? Insights into early intelligence agents? "I like those things!" I would've shouted had I not been in the middle of the library when I found this on the shelves and did a little dance.

Brian Kilmeade's George Washington's Secret Six rea
Brandon Yoder
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I try not to review books too often on here because I just don't think I'm that good at it, but this book I had to say a few words about. I love history and was even a history major in college, but had never heard of the Culper spy ring before. I can't stop wondering why I haven't? This group of six people were clearly important to General Washington and crucial in stopping many of the things that could have cost America the war. The sad part is what they have done or that they even existed seem ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
I love reading about the Revolutionary War and was excited to learn something new.

This is a very, very dumbed down account of history, featuring fictional conversations and lines that go something like: no one knows which prayers George Washington said that day, but then the fog rolled in like the breath of God (I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea). I kept wanting to throw this book across the room and, as I considered it, saw Brian Kilmeade's photo and bio on the back flap.

OH. This awful, t
Helena Paris
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though this was a requirement for uni, it was surprisingly enjoyable to read. I most likely shan’t read it again, but I had the opportunity to learn about Revolutionary-era American espionage tactics, which were fascinating, as I normally focus on Europe.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Don't bother reading this. If you want a "story" version of the Culper Spy Ring, watch AMC's series, Spin. If you want the historical facts, use the references from this book. The writing is terrible. A swing at trying to make history into a story, but a total miss. I think your average high school student could write a report on the whole event and make it more compelling than this book. ...more
I think one of the things that makes this book great is its length. Making history interesting but also accessible to people today is important and I think this book does both.
I think I will never forget agent 355. It's hard to believe they couldn't find out more about her. What a lady and what a sacrifice. She was by far one of the most interesting characters of the book. It's like I always say: Women are essential to any war and gossip is more important than we realize, especially in war. That
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
George Washington’s Secret Six is an incredible story of six spy’s who helped win the American Revolution. Benjamin Tallmadge was in charge of forming the spy ring because of his vast knowledge of English held Long island territory. He formed an expert spy ring with the following people:
Abraham Woodhull had business dealings throughout Manhattan which allowed him unmolested British passage and unsuspected message delivery to the Americans.
Robert Townsend owned Templeton and Stewart, a business
David Dowdy
While searching for books on American General Nathaniel Greene, who’s responsible for weakening British General Charles Cornwallis’s forces prior to the catastrophe for the redcoats at Yorktown, I discovered George Washington’s Secret Six. I started reading it immediately and I can hardly believe I hadn’t learned the feats of General George Washington’s secret agents.

This is a nifty quick read that gets its drama from the story itself, from codes and invisible ink to great feats of espionage by
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to read this because I knew almost nothing about the Culper Spy Ring except a mention of them in National Treasure or something like that. I should have done my research first and picked a book by an actual historian (I had no idea who the author was when I started this book). My primary complaint with this book is the imagined conversations. I'm not talking about recreated conversations where the words are put in quotes instead of the way they were originally related in a letter ...more
This had potential but the narrator of the audio went all over the place.

Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
I enjoyed this book.
It was my first introduction to the Culper spy ring and their exploits. It’s a fascinating story. I really enjoyed the long quotes from the personal letters of those involved. The minute details that have been preserved through Washington’s, Tallmadge’s, Townsend’s, and Woodhull’s letters are compiled to give us a startlingly complete picture of their activities. It also gives us a glimpse of daily life during the revolution. I liked that.
But while numerous letters are d
Brian Eshleman
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty effectively penetrates the reader's handicap of knowing the outcome. The author gives the dangers these people faced a contemporary feel. ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This isn't so much a review as much as it is a rant on how horribly ignorant Americans are of such an important part of our history and me shamelessly trying to convince everyone to watch a show about it. You've been warned.

First off, had I known the author was affiliated with Fox News I would never have actually bought the book, but tried to find it from the local library. And no that isn't the reason it got three stars. That being said this is a very important story in American History that is
Douglass Gaking
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: us-history, history
This is a fantastic story! However, in this case it is written in a somewhat amateur fashion. Kilmeade and Yaeger, better known for their sports writing, are not real historians. One is a pundit for Fox News Channel, and the other writes those books you find in the bargain section at Barnes & Noble for the arbitrary price of $6.98. There are moments in reading this book when I feel like I am helping my wife grade high school English papers. The obviously fictional dialog and other moments the au ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story of the "Culper Ring" of revolutionary patriot spies is taught as part of today's introductory training for new CIA agents. Kilmeade and Yaeger write an easy to read and fascinating tale of the brave men and lone woman, who worked in profound secrecy in New York City and environs to help secure the freedom Americans enjoy today. ...more
Marilee Turscak
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A riveting story of a previously unknown group of spies who changed the tide of the American Revolution. Six brave patriots used an elaborate network of citizens to spy on the British and relayed crucial information to George Washington. The most remarkable thing about this story is that these spies were completely anonymous and received almost no historical praise, and yet without them, we might still be under the British. The intelligence network included a bartender who would quietly listen i ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a short inviting read on a fascinating, little known aspect in the Revolutionary War. Part of it almost reads as though it is a fictional read complete with "dialog". However, it is a non-fiction book. I have read a number of books on this topic including Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring. Most of these have been very dry reads. This book wasn't so it would be perfect for those who aren't necessarily into "war stories", but want to learn fascinating tidbits from o ...more
Very interesting book that taught me additional reasons that the Patriots won the Revolutionary War.

“Washington did not really outfight the British, he simply outspied us!

The spies were known as the Culper Spy Ring (named by Washington as a shortening of the name Culpeper County Virginia). Not much was known about them until many of their letters were discovered in the 1920’s by Morton Pennypacker. Pennypacker was able to ‘unpack’ the
Apr 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
I only made it through Chapter Four of this book. It was so full of hyperbole, misrepresentations, and downright inaccuracies that I was too infuriated to continue.

In my opinion, those who purport to convey “history” have a sacred trust, and I cannot understand why publishers let this kind of humbug see print.

Thus, this book became a “DNF” (did not finish) for me. (I started to keep a list of the passages in which the truth was distorted, misinterpreted, or just omitted, but after five pages of
Jun 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
I thought I wanted to read this book. Unfortunately, I think what I actually wanted was to read the primary sources of this book. I really disliked the creative writing aspects of the authors' reading into history, presenting the thoughts of historical figures as if they knew what they were. The writing style reminded me very much of the Value Tales that I loved as a child, in that it had a strong moral message and was written for the reading level of a third grader. For a book covering new hist ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, 18th-century, usa
If you love the AMC TV show TURN: Washington's Spies, you'll love this non-fiction account of the same topic. I know the show was actually created from Alexander Rose's history book "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring" but they were both on sale on Kindle and I couldn't decide so I just got both and wound up reading this one first. And honestly, I'm not sure how or why the show claims to be based on a non-fiction book when a non-fiction book is factual... so really, it's j ...more
P. E.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm familiar with the author from watching him on Fox News during the week. Having never read anything by him, I figured this book would be a good introduction. The content was very well researched and written. I'm embarrassed to confess this, but I was completely ignorant of this particular aspect of our own history. The book was very good, and I plan on looking for other titles from this author. Please read! ...more
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned very early about George Washington, Nathan Hale, Benedict Arnold, etc. It was not until recently that I learned that Washington had a spy ring ... the Culper Ring organized by Benjamin Tallmadge to obtain information on British activity in and around New York city. The Culper Ring provided valuable information to Washington including that the British planned a surprise attack on the allied French force at Newport, that the British planned to counterfeit American currency, and that a hi ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history, spy
3 stars. It was interesting and I'm glad to have read it. I admit though that I have trouble focusing my attention on non-fiction. I really love it when it tells a personal story. Those were in there, and there were some fabulous lines. I just find that as interesting as it is, non-fiction is hard to relate to personally. A few takeaways: George Washington did not win the Revolutionary War by force - it was won through Intelligence. Spies and wits were at the center of it all. Loyalty to country ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am an American History teacher and was so excited to find this book on the current best-sellers list. I am also a huge George fan (one of my history hunks) and intrigued by the topic and title. Dispensed with this intro, let me say I was hugely disappointed in this book. I had to force myself to finish it! The writing was dry, sophomoric and convoluted. I had a hard time keeping the characters straight and had to keep referring to the blurb. The authors would throw in contrived fictional dialo ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, espionage
I found this to be a very informative book. It's an easy book to read, which worked out great for me because I read most of it with a lot of background noise. March madness is in full swing at my house and March is never a quiet month for basketball fans in this neck of the woods.

I wish this would have been available when I was in high school. Looking back, this is just the type of history lesson that probably would have inspired me to become a history major. Who knows, maybe it will be a game
Jay Schutt
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book that I have read on this subject. It was by far the better of the two. "Washington's Spies" being the first. General Washington and his army needed all the help they could get to defeat the better equipped and much stronger British army and navy. They got that help from a small band of spies in the New York City area. This is their little known story. A good read for those who like to know the rest of the story. ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It was enlightening to learn about the six individuals who were the top-secret Culper Spy Ring and how they helped the patriot cause and George Washington during the Revolutionary War. These six helped defeat the British especially with the intelligence they gathered for Washington concerning activity around New York.

Why did we only learn about Nathan Hale in school? I hope someone discovers the identity of the woman called Agent 355 so she can receive her just rewards.
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