George Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade audiobook

George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America

By Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Read by Brian Kilmeade

Penguin Audio
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“As a Long Islander endlessly fascinated by events that happened in a place I call home, I hope with this book to give the secret six the credit they didn’t get in life. The Culper spies represent all the patriotic Americans who give so much for their country but, because of the nature of their work, will not or cannot take a bow or even talk about their missions.”   —Brian Kilmeade When General 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. Washington realized that he couldn’t beat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were the members’ identities that one spy’s name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and one remains unknown today. But by now, historians have discovered enough information about the ring’s activities to piece together evidence that these six individuals turned the tide of the war. Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have painted compelling portraits of George Washington’s secret six:      •  Robert Townsend, the reserved merchant and reporter who headed the Culper Ring, keeping his identity secret even from Washington;    •  Austin Roe, the tavern keeper who risked his employment and his life in order to protect the mission;    •  Caleb Brewster, the brash young longshoreman who loved baiting the British and agreed to ferry messages between Connecticut and New York;    •  Abraham Woodhull, the curmudgeonly (and surprisingly nervous) Long Island bachelor with business and family excuses for traveling to Manhattan;    •  James Rivington, the owner of a posh coffeehouse and print shop where high-ranking British officers gossiped about secret operations;    •  Agent 355, a woman whose identity remains unknown but who seems to have used her wit and charm to coax officers to share vital secrets.   In George Washington’s Secret Six, Townsend and his fellow spies finally receive their due, taking their place among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

An NPR bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

A Chicago Tribune bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A Library Journal bestseller

“As a Long Islander endlessly fascinated by events that happened in a place I call home, I hope with this book to give the secret six the credit they didn’t get in life. The Culper spies represent all the patriotic Americans who give so much for their country but, because of the nature of their work, will not or cannot take a bow or even talk about their missions.”

 

—Brian Kilmeade

When General 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.


Washington realized that he couldn’t beat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were the members’ identities that one spy’s name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and one remains unknown today. But by now, historians have discovered enough information about the ring’s activities to piece together evidence that these six individuals turned the tide of the war.


Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have painted compelling portraits of George Washington’s secret six:

 



   •  Robert Townsend, the reserved merchant and reporter who headed the Culper Ring, keeping his identity secret even from Washington;
   •  Austin Roe, the tavern keeper who risked his employment and his life in order to protect the mission;
   •  Caleb Brewster, the brash young longshoreman who loved baiting the British and agreed to ferry messages between Connecticut and New York;
   •  Abraham Woodhull, the curmudgeonly (and surprisingly nervous) Long Island bachelor with business and family excuses for traveling to Manhattan;
   •  James Rivington, the owner of a posh coffeehouse and print shop where high-ranking British officers gossiped about secret operations;
   •  Agent 355, a woman whose identity remains unknown but who seems to have used her wit and charm to coax officers to share vital secrets.

 


In George Washington’s Secret Six, Townsend and his fellow spies finally receive their due, taking their place among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

intelligence operations I spearheaded over twenty-seven years.”
It would have been an honor to have served with Robert Townsend and the rest of the Culper spies in any of the deep-cover
—WAYNE SIMMONS, coauthor of The Natanz Directive; CIA–Outside Paramilitary Special Operations
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.”
A historical gem. I loved it. DONALD TRUMP
—GENERAL TOMMY FRANKS (U.S. Army, ret.)
—CONGRESSMAN PETE KING, chairman of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security
We would not have won the Revolution and secured our freedom, were it not for the leadership of George Washington and the courage of the spies he set in motion. George Washington’s Secret Six is a gripping and informative read.”
“A rollicking read by Kilmeade and Yaeger, acknowledging a long overdue debt to six American heroes.” Karl Rove
James Bond is a rank amateur compared to the heroic efforts of the Culper Ring. Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger’s work demonstrates why the story of the secret six should be anything but a secret in American history. HARVEY MACKAY, author of Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
A rollicking read by Kilmeade and Yaeger, acknowledging a long overdue debt to six American heroes. KARL ROVE
“A historical gem. I loved it.” Donald Trump
“James Bond is a rank amateur compared to the heroic efforts of the Culper Ring. Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger’s work demonstrates why the story of the secret six should be anything but a secret in American history.” Harvey Mackay, New York Times bestselling author of Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door
“In a slim, quick-moving book, the authors bring attention to a group that exerted an enormous influence over events during the Revolutionary War.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Brian Kilmeade

Author Bio: Brian Kilmeade

Brian Kilmeade is the author and coauthor of six books, including several New York Times bestsellers.

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Author Bio: Don Yaeger

Author Bio: Don Yaeger

Don Yaeger has been a featured speaker at over one hundred business gatherings and athletic events. Using the lessons learned over his extensive career as both a journalist and an entrepreneur, he has also become an award-winning keynote speaker, working with audiences as diverse as Fortune 500 companies and cancer survivor groups, where he shares his personal story. Additionally, he has been engaged as a media coach to countless high-profile athletes, business leaders, and elected officials. He shares the formula that he has seen in the great winners he has worked with and explains how that formula can work for others. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.91
Audience: Adult
Language: English