George Washington's Secret Six - Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger

George Washington's Secret Six

By Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger

  • Release Date: 2013-11-05
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
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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 Quaker 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.


  • A great read, one of the most interesting history books I've read

    By Teddy Fleming
    Idk why this book is getting such bad ratings, it's one of the best ones I've read over the last few years. Kilmeade really gives you an up-close and personal view on what happened during washingtons spy war, and tells you thing I swear you don't know. I can see why Donald Trump's review for it was so good. I highly recommend this book to any young readers looking to ear more about the ups and downs of the revolution at war.

    By Prophet Amos
    The story does not flow well, and presents facts, but not in an interesting storytelling narrative. Kilmeade tried, better luck nextime - from a Historian.
  • Fascinating

    By Ritapfsnsd
    I couldn't put this book down. What a patriotic true story of the first American Patrioits.
  • The Secret Six

    By Piper Cub 25
    Incredible! As much as I read history, never knew this ring was organized and the risks the members endured.
  • Secret six

    By Tbaum00!
    If you enjoy Fox News or reading at a 5th grade level you will love this book
  • George Washington's Secret Six

    By Terrem
    Was captured from the first page. A spellbinding historical account of the greatest period of the United States foundations.
  • George Washington's Secret Six

    By Yaco01
    I loved this book, I coulnd't put it down. I wish history class was more like this when I was in school. This is a must read if you enjoy history.
  • Amazing

    By MrsMcCarty
    Can't wait to see the movie!
  • OK

    By 1554
    It was okay, at times boring, Brian need to stick to his day job.
  • Unreadable

    By BrianM8614
    Dry, bland, colorless writing. Factually inaccurate. Little attempt to create interest through a story arc. I very seldom leave a book unfinished - this is one of them.