Here I am in DC with the nation’s first spymaster, George Washington. Here’s a tip, if you want to work undercover, don’t wear bright orange!
George Washington, Spymaster (Mount Vernon)
When history books praise the heroes of the American Revolution, they seldom include names like Agent 711 and John Bolton along with the likes of George Washington and Patrick Henry. Perhaps, however, they should. These men were part of the most famous spy ring of the era, the Culper Ring, whose identities were kept secret until well after the war ended. . . .
George Washington, Spymaster (American Heritage)
Without his brilliance at espionage the Revolution could not have been won
A Look Back … George Washington: America’s First Military Intelligence Director (CIA)
George Washington – who some call the “First DCI” (Director of Central Intelligence) – was a key practitioner of military intelligence during the Revolutionary War more than 230 years ago. In fact, General Washington was more deeply involved in intelligence operations than any American general-in-chief until Dwight Eisenhower during World War II. His skills in the “black arts” helped secure key victories, hastened the end of hostilities, and significantly contributed to the United States’ winning its independence from Great Britain. . . .
George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War (Amazon)
A riveting tale of intrigue, spies, counterspies and secret agents, George Washington, Spymaster is a unique and entertaining account of one of the most important chapters in our nation’s history. The compelling narrative reveals the surprising role played by the first commander-in-chief, General George Washington in the War of Independence. . . .
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War (Amazon)
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors provides readers with a fascinating, well-documented, and highly readable account of American intelligence activities during the era of the Revolutionary War, from 1765 to 1783, while describing the intelligence sources and methods used and how our Founding Fathers learned and practiced their intelligence role. The author, a retired CIA officer, provides insights into these events from an intelligence professional’s perspective, highlighting the tradecraft of intelligence collection, counterintelligence, and covert actions and relating how many of the principles of the era’s intelligence practice are still relevant today. . . .
Kenneth A. Daigler, author of Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, investigates a side of George Washington that’s been little discussed: Spy Master. Daigler reveals how George Washington was the senior intelligence officer and the primary intelligence consumer for the Americans during the Revolutionary War.