The First Conspiracy

The First Conspiracy

The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

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"In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington's bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself. This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington--and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. Taking place during the most critical period of our nation's birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington's character, but also illuminates the origins of America's counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA"
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250130334
Branch Call Number: 973.41092 MEL 2019
Characteristics: x, 413 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mensch, Josh

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kaphings
May 11, 2019

Enjoyable read. It kept you on track with the various players. Interesting format with short chapters and easy transitions moving time wise back and forth. Information of course is somewhat limited about the topic, but the author does a good job filling in the holes I thought. I was a little disappointed with how the end was handled. Seemed a bit anticlimactic, but not sure what else could be done. I do recommend to fans of the Am. Revolution. It’s good that researchers can still get more out of the Revolution.

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darladoodles
Dec 26, 2018

The early days of the Revolutionary War are revealed to us in the style of a mystery thriller. With short chapters and little known details, Meltzer keeps our attention and shows us how crucial George Washington was to the beginning of our nation. Much of this narrative takes place before the Declaration of Independence was signed and it is a miracle that the fledgling army weathered the hardships, conspiracies and threat of the massive British army. A very interesting read. Will especially be of interest to readers who enjoyed "George Washington's Secret Six" by Kilmeade.

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