George Washington s Secret Six

George Washington s Secret Six

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 ...

Author: Brian Kilmeade

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698137653

Category: History

Page: 272

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*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.
Categories: History

George Washington s Secret Six Young Readers Adaptation

George Washington s Secret Six  Young Readers Adaptation

Chronicling a crucial moment in American history, this historical thriller will excite and inspire the next generation of patriots.

Author: Brian Kilmeade

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780425289006

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

View: 386

A page-turning middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times bestseller about George Washington's top-secret spy ring that helped defeat the British. The American Revolution is well under way in 1776, but things are looking bleak for General George Washington and his Continental Army. With Washington's hasty retreat from New York City in August, many think the war might soon be over. After all: how on earth is this ragtag group going to defeat its enemy, the well-trained and well-funded military of the largest empire in history? But Washington soon realizes he can't win with military might. Instead, he must outsmart the British, so he creates a sophisticated intelligence network: the top-secret Culper Spy Ring. Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger tell the fascinating stories of these long unrecognized spies: a reserved merchant, a tavern keeper, a brash young longshoreman, a curmudgeonly Long Island bachelor, a coffeehouse owner, and a mysterious woman. This vivid and accessible young readers adaptation of the New York Times bestseller features an exclusive new introduction, extensive back matter, and eye-catching art throughout. Chronicling a crucial moment in American history, this historical thriller will excite and inspire the next generation of patriots.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

George Washington s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger A 30 Minute Chapter by Chapter Summary

George Washington s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger   A 30 Minute Chapter by Chapter Summary

This is an InstaRead Summary of George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.

Author: Instaread Summaries

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1496176774

Category: History

Page: 56

View: 730

With InstaRead Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries, you can get the essence of a book in 30 minutes or less. We read every chapter and summarize it in one or two paragraphs so you can get the information contained in the book at a much faster rate. This is an InstaRead Summary of George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. Below is a preview of the earlier sections of the summary: Preface The existence of the Culper Spy Ring was known in the 1920s, but no one knew who its leader was until Morton Pennypacker, a Long Island historian, was given papers that led to his identity. The spy ring was responsible for preventing Benedict Arnold from carrying out his treachery, as well as several other important events during the Revolutionary War. Culper Junior was the ring leader. In 1929, Pennypacker received a phone call that led him to some papers that had belonged to the Townsend family. The Townsends were a prominent family that had been in the United States since the 1600s. The papers were letters and account books from the Revolutionary War era. Perusing through the papers, Pennypacker found that Robert Townsend's handwriting was very similar to that in Culper Junior's letters. He sent the papers for analysis and found that Robert Townsend was Culper Junior. Now the only spy whose identity is not known is a woman who has been identified as 355. The spy ring had six members: Robert Townsend, Austin Roe, Caleb Brewster, Abraham Woodhull, James Rivington and Agent 355. The book describes the work of the Culper Spy Ring and how they helped the Continental Army bring down the British Military, which was the most powerful military force in the world at that time. Introduction In 1776, in Manhattan, Captain Nathan Hale was hung at the age of 21 for being a spy. This made the message clear to all colonists that if they spied they would die. Chapter 1 - Hold New York, Win The War Nathan Hale's execution was a low point for General George Washington, who had recently suffered the siege of New York City and Long Island by the British. Now, he had lost his spy as well. The Declaration of Independence had just been signed two months before, but the fledgling nation was quickly losing hope. New York was under American control until a few months prior to this low point of Washington's. The New York City Harbor was an important place for the Continental Army to occupy because if the Harbor could be held then the morale of the people would rise, and the army would have a good tactical vantage point for accessing the colonies' waterways. New York and Philadelphia were the most important colonies at that point since New York was a major port and hub and Philadelphia was where the Continental Congress held their meetings. Whoever held New York could control imports and exports, and it was a great place for moving troops up and down the coast...
Categories: History

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

“Another blockbuster! Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates reads like an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning thriller. You will love this book and also wonder why so few people know this story.

Author: Brian Kilmeade

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698197411

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 801

“Another blockbuster! Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates reads like an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning thriller. You will love this book and also wonder why so few people know this story. No one captures the danger, intrigue, and drama of the American Revolution and its aftermath like Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.” —Brad Thor This is the little-known story of how a newly indepen­dent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America’s third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new coun­try could afford. Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion jus­tified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy—at least not while easy money could be made by extorting the Western powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy’s new warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli—launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status. As they did in their previous bestseller, George Washington’s Secret Six, Kilmeade and Yaeger have transformed a nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Among the many sus­penseful episodes: ·Lieutenant Andrew Sterett’s ferocious cannon battle on the high seas against the treacherous pirate ship Tripoli. ·Lieutenant Stephen Decatur’s daring night raid of an enemy harbor, with the aim of destroying an American ship that had fallen into the pirates’ hands. ·General William Eaton’s unprecedented five-hundred-mile land march from Egypt to the port of Derne, where the Marines launched a surprise attack and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time. Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.” Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgot­ten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.
Categories: History

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

As they did in their two previous bestsellers, Kilmeade and Yaeger make history come alive with a riveting true story that will keep you turning the pages.

Author: Brian Kilmeade

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593085868

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 106

Another history pageturner from the authors of the #1 bestsellers George Washington's Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison’s generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country. Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson. A native of Tennessee who had witnessed the horrors of the Revolutionary War and Indian attacks, he was glad America had finally decided to confront repeated British aggression. But he feared that President Madison’s men were overlooking the most important target of all: New Orleans. If the British conquered New Orleans, they would control the mouth of the Mississippi River, cutting Americans off from that essential trade route and threatening the previous decade’s Louisiana Purchase. The new nation’s dreams of western expansion would be crushed before they really got off the ground. So Jackson had to convince President Madison and his War Department to take him seriously, even though he wasn’t one of the Virginians and New Englanders who dominated the government. He had to assemble a coalition of frontier militiamen, French-speaking Louisianans,Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, freed slaves, and even some pirates. And he had to defeat the most powerful military force in the world—in the confusing terrain of the Louisiana bayous. In short, Jackson needed a miracle. The local Ursuline nuns set to work praying for his outnumbered troops. And so the Americans, driven by patriotism and protected by prayer, began the battle that would shape our young nation’s destiny. As they did in their two previous bestsellers, Kilmeade and Yaeger make history come alive with a riveting true story that will keep you turning the pages. You’ll finish with a new understanding of one of our greatest generals and a renewed appreciation for the brave men who fought so that America could one day stretch “from sea to shining sea.”
Categories: History

America s Heroes and History

America s Heroes and History

For everyone who is proud of our American heritage and who wants to learn more about the history that forged this nation into the land of the free, the Brian Kilmeade collection is finally here.

Author: Brian Kilmeade

Publisher: Sentinel

ISBN: 0593421175

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page:

View: 348

We cannot understand our future without honoring our past. Brian Kilmeade helps us do just that as he brings alive some of the most pivotal moments in American history to a new generation of readers. Now with his bestselling books all in one place, you can revisit the excitement of these almost forgotten slices of history time and time again. In the fast-paced, page-turning style millions of readers have come to know and love, America's Heroes and History is a timeless collection that promises a thrilling ride through the annals of history - from George Washington's top-secret spy mission to infiltrate the British military, to Thomas Jefferson's heroic stand against plundering Muslim pirates, to Andrew Jackson's miraculous battle to blast open the road to western expansion, to Sam Houston's pulse-pounding fight for Texas at the Alamo. For everyone who is proud of our American heritage and who wants to learn more about the history that forged this nation into the land of the free, the
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates Young Readers Adaptation

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates  Young Readers Adaptation

The little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimidation.

Author: Brian Kilmeade

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780425288955

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 414

The little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimidation.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

This Game s the Best So Why Don t They Quit Screwing With It

This Game s the Best  So Why Don t They Quit Screwing With It

So Why Don't They Quit Screwing With It?

Author: George Karl

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466882775

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 258

View: 295

He's fiery, funny--and brutally frank. He's George Karl, head coach of the Seattle Supersonics, and one of the most outspoken men in professional basketball. Opinionated and always passionate about the sport, Karl cuts loose with controversial views on the NBA, the players, the media, sports agents, and the many other elements that make the game great--and sometimes screw it up... in This Game's the Best! So Why Don't They Quit Screwing With It?
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Sole Influence

Sole Influence

Explosive and controversial, this expos uncovers the exploitation of college, high school, and even junior high basketball players by the billion-dollar atheltic shoe companies competing for national endorsements. photo insert.

Author: Dan Wetzel

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780759521551

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 911

Explosive and controversial, this expos uncovers the exploitation of college, high school, and even junior high basketball players by the billion-dollar atheltic shoe companies competing for national endorsements. photo insert.
Categories: Sports & Recreation