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.
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.
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.