Kilmeade and Yaeger Reveal George Washington’s Secret Spy Ring

circa 1790:  George Washington, the 1st President of the United States of America.

George Washington, the 1st President of the United States of America. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Most people are probably familiar with the various battles and cities that were instrumental in procuring the victory for the Patriots. However, do you know about the counterintelligence that occurred behind the scenes? I didn’t.

Brian Kilmeade

Brian Kilmeade (Photo courtesy FOX News Channel)

However, after reading George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, I feel as if I witnessed these events unfold before my eyes!

In fact, early in the book,Kilmeade and Yaeger reveal Washington’s thoughts on how this battle could be won by the Patriots. “This war would be different from any other that had come before it . . . It would not be a fight to the death, nor could it be simply a clash of armies . . . the Patriots would need to outmaneuver, not outpower, the enemy.” (19) Thus the secret six spy ring was born.

Along with gathering honest, faithful and fearless men and women, Washington made use of invisible ink and codes so that if couriers were captured the sensitive information wouldn’t be deciphered by the enemy.

Don Yaeger

Don Yaeger (Photo by Gary Bogdon)

Another reason I enjoyed this book is because factual information was delivered within a story. The subject matter wasn’t assembled in a dry, stale, monotonous narrative but with feeling and insight. Readers can therefore relate to each character introduced, and in my case, I was able to remember many facts from school.

This is a well plotted and carefully researched book that reveals how the American Revolution was won by a group of six ordinary people who believed in freedom.

George Washington's Secret Six


I hope you will pick up a copy of George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution to learn more about America’s past.

The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution
By Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
272 pp. Sentinel. $16.

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About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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