Review: George Washington’s Secret Six: by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager (reviewed by Bill Hughes)

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WashingtonGeorge Washington’s Secret Six:
The Spy Ring That Saved the Revolution

by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

272 pages

Sentinel (reprint edition), 2014

$16.00

ISBN-13:978-1595231109


The premise of George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the Revolution is intriguing: George Washington was able to rally from his defeat by the British in New York City in 1776 by cultivating a top-secret group, the Culper Spy Ring. Through the use of an intelligence network, Washington was able to compensate for America’s lesser firepower and “save” the American Revolution.

Poppycock. The co-authors, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, in their poorly researched book, want their readers to believe that six spies hanging out in and around then British-occupied New York City between 1776 and 1783 somehow, miraculously, “saved the American Revolution.” Sorry, this yarn doesn’t even come close to adding up to that kind of resounding result. Plus, it’s a gross insult…

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