Seadog’s Shorts: George Washington’s Secret Six

My dad enjoys reading as much as I do, but we tend to reach for different types of books. A few weeks ago he was raving to me about George Washington’s Secret Six. Listening to his enthusiasm, I knew I had to get his thoughts in writing and give him a post of his own. I’m calling it Seadog’s Shorts: My dad is retired Navy (30+ years!) and “seadog” was his air intercept control tactical call sign. And as you’ll see, he has a knack for saying what he thinks in far fewer words than I do! This will be a whenever-he-feels-like-it, but hopefully regular, feature on the blog.

   Title: George Washington’s Secret Six
Author: Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger
Publisher: Sentinel
Released: November 2013

Seadog received this book as a gift from his favorite daughter! 🙂

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Description (abbreviated from Goodreads):

When General Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. These six individuals turned the tide of the war and in George Washington’s Secret Six, they finally receive their due, taking their place among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution.

Seadog’s Thoughts:

There was a lot of good historical information in this book, presented in an easy to read and entertaining way. It was interesting to learn that some of this group’s tactics are still used in today’s CIA’s training. I found the innovative methods this group developed to covertly obtain and disseminate information to their Commander to be very interesting. An informative snapshot of life during the Revolutionary War, particularly in New York during the British occupation. Very well written and a hard book to put down.

  • I love this new feature! George Washington’s Secret Six sounds like an interesting read. I always like narrative non-fiction that’s hard to put down.

  • I’m so glad to see your dad sharing his thoughts here! (I love that we both have family members on our blogs recently) I love history, especially of the secretive, covert type. Sounds like a great read!

    • I got the feeling when he said “very interesting” he meant, “I can vouch for this but I can’t say anything more.” hahaha

  • This sounds really interesting! My daughters are very interested in George Washington these days (they just read a book called “Who Was George Washington?”). So, I’ve been reading about him lately too. Maybe I’ll this one to my list. Thanks!

    • Maybe I’ll *add* this one to my list!

      • Hope you enjoy it! I’m going to look up the Who Was George Washington book right now. 🙂 Have you seen Kid Presidents by Quirk Books? I got a galley of that one several months back. C looooooooves it.

  • Fun! If you dad is always going to be sharing interesting nonfiction like this, I think I’m going to love this feature 🙂