The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill George Washington
by Brad Meltzer
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To kill a Revolution
In 1776, an elite group of soldiers was handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them, but unbeknownst to him, 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 tale of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It illuminates the origins of the American counterintelligence movement. And it reveals just how close the fledgling nation was to losing the Revolutionary War.
“A wonderful book about leadership—and it shows why George Washington and his moral lessons are just as vital today. What a book. You’ll love it.”—President George H.W. Bush
“This is an important book: a fascinating largely unknown chapter of our hazardous beginning, a reminder of why counterintelligence matters, and a great read.”—President Bill Clinton
“History and mystery combine in this taut true-life thriller. Meltzer and Mensch write a page-turner with rich characters and compelling details that just so happens to be part of the real story of George Washington. A joy to read!”—Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor and bestselling author of The Hellfire Club and The Outpost
“This story of skullduggery, bribery, espionage, and treason sheds new light on the beginnings of the American Revolution. It also highlights the importance of intelligence and counterintelligence in waging war, as the Patriots exposed and forestalled the plot and caused Washington to create his own highly successful intelligence service.”—James M. McPherson, author of The War That Forged a Nation and Pulitzer Prize-winner Battle Cry of Freedom
“This absolutely fascinating book brings to light an enthralling, deliberately hidden episode in American history, chronicling the machinations leading to war and the remarkable character of Washington himself. This is American history at its finest, a gripping story of spies, killers, counterfeiters, traitors—and a mysterious prostitute who may or may not have even existed. Anyone with an interest in American history will love this book.”—Douglas Preston, bestselling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God
“If you thought you knew everything about the American Revolution, here’s dispositive proof that you’ve been wrong. Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch have given us a powerful account of a conspiracy to assassinate George Washington on the eve of all-out war—a fascinating tale of spies and intrigue, of near-misses, and what-ifs. Read it!”—Jon Meacham, author The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
“The First Conspiracy is a true mystery story that very few Americans know, written with a voice that beckons to be heard.”—Joseph J. Ellis, author of the forthcoming American Dialogue: The Founders and Us
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||January 8, 2019|