Tuesday 5 January 2016

Book Review: Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose

Title: Washington's Spies
Author: Alexander Rose
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 2014 (2006)
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction

Source: Xmas Gift

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Basing his tale on remarkable original research, historian Alexander Rose reveals the unforgettable story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time, Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses, covert operations and code breaking, and unmasks the courageous, flawed individuals who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors—including the spymaster at the heart of it all, George Washington. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Washington's Spies was an excellent read that combined clean and easy prose with a wealth of historical research. I've read many books lately on John André and the Revolution in general, but this was the first that focused on Continental Intelligence and, as such, provided some wonderful new information and perspectives I'd not come across before. Although full of detail, it did not read like a stale history lesson, but rather a story, and that makes this a book that will appeal to both the serious scholar and the casual reader. Recommended for those interested in the American Revolution and/or the history of espionage.

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