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George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation): The Spies Who Saved America

George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation): The Spies Who Saved America

by Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation): The Spies Who Saved America

George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation): The Spies Who Saved America

by Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425289013
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 78,507
Product dimensions: 6.94(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Brian Kilmeade is the co-author of George Washington's Secret Six, a New York Times bestseller for more than five months. He co-hosts Fox News Channel's morning show Fox & Friends and hosts the daily national radio show Kilmeade & Friends. He lives on Long Island.

Don Yaeger is an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, and author of more than two dozen books, including nine New York Times bestsellers. A world-class storyteller, Yaegar draws on his personal experiences as well as those with a host of sports legends to inspire audiences from Fortune 500 companies to cancer survivor groups. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Jeanette, and their two children.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author x

Preface 1

Part 1

Chapter 1 Why New York? 11

Chapter 2 On the March 13

Chapter 3 Betrayal at Jamaica Pass 15

Chapter 4 A Miracle in the Mist 18

Part 2

Chapter 5 A Change in Strategy 25

Chapter 6 One Good Man 27

Chapter 7 On Assignment 29

Chapter 8 Failure on Long Island 32

Chapter 9 The March to New Jersey 35

Chapter 10 "There Will Be No Attack" 37

Chapter 11 A Waiting Game 40

Chapter 12 The Brilliant Young Major: Benjamin Tallmadge 42

Chapter 13 The Black Sheep: Abraham Woodhull 46

Chapter 14 Setting Up Aliases 48

Chapter 15 A Bull of a Man: Caleb Brewster 51

Chapter 16 The Tavern Keeper: Austin Roe 53

Chapter 17 Breaking from Tradition: A New Way to Work a Spy Ring 55

Chapter 18 The Reports Begin 57

Chapter 19 The Unbreakable Code 59

Chapter 20 Panic and a Traitor 61

Chapter 21 The Peaceable Man: Robert Townsend 62

Chapter 22 Washington's Orders 67

Chapter 23 The Cover Story: James Rivington 72

Chapter 24 The Mysterious Lady 75

Chapter 25 Eliding in Plain Sight 77

Chapter 26 Thwarting a Plot 81

Chapter 27 The Need for a New Route 85

Part 3

Chapter 28 The French Arrive 91

Chapter 29 Washington's Gamble 94

Chapter 30 The Most Powerful Man on the Hudson River: Benedict Arnold 97

Chapter 31 What Robert Townsend Saw 102

Chapter 32 Benjamin Tallmadge Figures It Out 104

Chapter 33 The Turncoat Escapes 108

Chapter 34 The Prisoner Is Executed 111

Chapter 35 The Ring in Peril 114

Part 4

Chapter 36 Closing in on the Ring 121

Chapter 37 Rivington Delivers Yorktown 123

Chapter 38 The Beginning of the End for the British 125

Chapter 39 Townsend's Last Letter 127

Chapter 40 … and a Reckoning 130

Afterword 133


Postwar Lives of the Culper Ring 138

Washington's Time as a Spy 142

The Significance of the Culper Ring 143

Communicate in Secret 144

Timeline 148

Selected Sources 154

Photo Credits 159

Index 160

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