Review: George Washington’s Secret Six

I recently received this fascinating book George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager from Family Christian to review.
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It’s been awhile since I have been able to sit down long enough to get completely interested in a book that isn’t part of our homeschool curriculum. When George Washington’s Secret Six arrived I began reading the Preface to get an initial feel for the book.

“How do you discover the identity of a spy — someone whose main concern is remaining anonymous — who has been dead for nearly a century? That was the mission of Morton Pennypacker, Long Island’s premier historian, during the 1920’s. He knew the Americans would not have won the Revolutionary War without the Culper Spy Ring, but he didn’t know the identity of the rings most valuable member.”

I was drawn in and quickly became intrigued by the “story”. As noted in the Author’s Note: Much of the dialogue contained in this book is fictional, but it is based on conversations that did take place and, wherever possible, incorporates actual phrases used by the speaker. 

History was never that interesting to me when I was in school…ok, honestly…school was never that interesting to me!  I actually didn’t become interested in history until I started researching my family history about 14 years ago. While reading Secret Six, I wished I had paid a little more attention in history class and the genealogy bug was awakened yet again. So I dug out some of my genealogy research…I have some information about an ancestor who may have fought in the Revolutionary War under Gen. George Washington.

It is funny how a book can inspire a person to restart a passion! That is exactly what this book did, and I am even starting a new blog in January for my genealogy research (Facebook page).

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It has also inspired me to create an American History unit study for the boys to do this coming spring. If the boys were in high school, this book would definitely be part of their curriculum. A little heads up though…this book may not be appropriate for children under 14 or 15 years of age due to a few instances of lewd & cruel behavior from British soldiers towards women.

I can honestly say, if you are a history nut or a even spy-thriller enthusiast, you are going to enjoy this book. –it’s a living history book & mystery novel in one!

Book Details

$16.00 – published October 2014
Now with a new afterword containing never-before-seen research on the identity of the spy ring’s most secret member, Agent 355 

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.

“A powerful new book . . . that reads like a modern-day spy thriller.” The Blaze

“A tale of patriotism and daring.” The Washington Times

“Anyone who believes that foreign espionage is pointless should read this book. More importantly, anyone who thinks the founding generation is irrelevant to modern America must read this book.” The Daily Caller

“A fascinating read, highlighting some of our nation’s unknown heroes—heroes who never sought credit or recognition. Brian Kilmeade places them in their proper historical context—as brave patriots who defended the American Revolution.” General Stanley McChrystal (U.S. Army, retired)

“Freedom is not free, never has been, and never will be. Kilmeade and Yaeger have done a wonderful job in reminding us all of the cost. Great read.” General Tommy Franks (U.S. Army, retired)

Reviews by Jenny ~ Faith & Good Works

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