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The First Conspiracy
The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot Against George Washington and the Birth of American Counterintelligence | Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch
In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washingtons bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, 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 story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washingtonand how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. Taking place during the most critical period of our nations birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washingtons character, but also illuminates the origins of Americas counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA.
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Battledoll
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Interesting historical story and very accessible. I did listen to this as an audiobook and felt like it would be more entertaining and easier to follow if I just read the book. The narrator was good but it‘s just easier for me to follow when there are names and dates I need to remember

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Kpulver
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His first foray into nonfiction. I‘m not sure about these theories. Will do some research on his references.

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LibrarianChels
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I love history and the Revolution, so this book was right up my alley. A quick read due to the authors‘ thriller style, and it would have been even faster if they didn‘t repeat so often.

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Dietz123
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This is well written, and it shows how narrow our margin of victory was. Still, this is history as we‘ve all been taught it. Over. And over. And over. If you did well in 4th grade, spend your time elsewhere.

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midath75
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As a history buff, some of the things mentioned in this book I had read about before but this goes more in-depth into the conspiracy and participants. One thing that caught my attention was all the places/things named after Tryon. Including Tryon, NC, which is about an hour from where I live. Very good book.

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inthegreensandblues
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#Audiobiking on this early spring day! No green yet, but at least the snow is finally gone and it's a glorious 55°. Scott Brick kept me company on the trail. 🎧🚴‍♀️🐴

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Joanster5
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Did this as an audio. I wasn‘t thrilled about the reader but he wasn‘t bad either. Some parts I zoned out on but I did learn a lot from it. Did this for the #ATY2019 challenge - prompt #51 A book published in 2019.
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EadieB
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story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. 1776 and some of Washington's bodyguards are part of a treasonous plot along with Gov. of NY William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews. very interesting, entertaining, historical. plot shows we were close to losing Revolutionary War. look at what was going on at the time of our nation's birth. The plot also led to our modern day CIA. recommend this book to those who love history.

CoverToCoverGirl Sounds like a fantastic read! 10mo
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inthegreensandblues
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Currently waiting for book signing with Brad Meltzer. He's funny and full of inspiring stories. I didn't know that he also writes children's books, the "I am" series about heroes of history. There are some very small fans in this audience. ? I'll have to pick some up for my little cousins. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to reading this one, it looks like a page-turner!

LibrarianRyan His I am series is great. (edited) 11mo
GingerAntics Oh I love Brad Meltzer!!! 11mo
madamereadsalot1 So, I know Brad Meltzer from comic books. Identity Crisis is one of my absolute favorite DC arcs. And my son loves the 'I Am' books. Yet somehow, I was completely unaware that he also wrote political/historical novels. I need to read some! 11mo
inthegreensandblues @madamereadsalot1 Yes, for some reason he wasn't really on my radar, but he is now! I went to this event because I was interested in the book topic, but now I want to explore more from the author too. 11mo
RainyDayReading I remember he used to host a TV show. Brad Meltzer‘s Decoded or something like that talking about conspiracies and such (I remember the D.B. Cooper and the Lincoln assassination episodes the most) I had no idea he also wrote books! 11mo
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ssravp
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This was an astonishing account of an event that I was only tangentially aware of. So good.

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SassyBrit
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Great book for history lovers 💕 since it‘s a spy thriller that actually happened in America #BradMeltzer #nonfiction https://alternative-read.com/2019/01/08/the-first-conspiracy-by-brad-meltzer/

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Monica5
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I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. After being sick from food poisoning and then a wasp sting, I finally felt better to read. This is Brad Meltzer's first time at Non-fiction. It's an interesting book. There is a conspiracy to kill George Washington. During this time he sets in motion the origin of counterintelligence that becomes what we now know as the CIA.

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Monica5

So, I think I got food poison, yesterday at book club.Been up all night. Heading to clinic with mom-in-law. Don't know when I will get through with book or be back on.😷

Monica5 It's food poisoning, on top of dehydration 😢 13mo
Lauram Oh no!!! Book club should NEVER EVER cause injury. I hope you‘re feeling better soon. 13mo
Monica5 @Lauram The Doc said I should feel better by Thanksgiving. 13mo
tracey38 Oh no! That's horrible. Hope you feel good by Thanksgiving, but hopefully sooner! 13mo
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Monica5
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Received my book I won on Goodreads, today. Going to start it after I finish Closer Than Blood. Like a little over 100 pages. Been busy and haven't had time to read,😀

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Monica5
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I won a book from Goodreads!!!!

umbrellagirl Yay! 13mo
Reviewsbylola 🎉🎉🎉 13mo
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Rhondareads
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Love Brad Meltzers books in our house my husband grabbed it as soon as it came out of the envelope 😂😂 Thanks @flatironbooks for this lovely surprise.

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