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"George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution" Is A Fascinating Story About American History

Have You Heard Of The Culper Spy Ring? It's been said that George Washington didn't out-fight the British to win the American Revolution--he out-spied them. This book pays homage to unsung heroes of our nation's war for independence by recognizing six individuals who have remained in relative obscurity despite their brave efforts to provide General Washington with key intelligence. Deciphering the identities of these patriot spies was uniquely challenging because the spies worked under anonymity to protect themselves.  To be detected would result in public hanging from the British gallows. Since Washington kept the correspondence from his secret spies, historians have been able to put the puzzle pieces together to confirm the names of all but one.  It wasn't until the 1920's that the leader of the ring was ascertained by a lucky break for historian, Morton Pennypacker.   The spy ring consisted of ordinary citizens so as not to attract attention:  Robert Townsend, Ab