George Washington, Spymaster

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George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War
Author: Thomas B. Allen
Illustrations by Cheryl Harness
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; Hardcover
Ages: 9-12
Period: Revolutionary War

It's 1775, and General George Washington is in serious trouble. He has a ragtag army, a few muskets and some cannons, and no money to fight the world's most powerful empire. His only hope of beating the British is to wage an invisible war--a war of spies and deception. You are about to enter the shadowy world of double agents and covert operations, of codes and ciphers--a world so secret that even the spymaster himself doesn't know the identities of some of his agents. You'll meet the members of the elusive Culper Ring, uncover a "mole" in the Sons of Liberty, and see how invisible ink and even a clothesline were used to send secret messages, as you follow the successes and failures of the Americans in their War of Independence. Author Thomas B. Allen has sifted through mounds of historical documents and scholarly works to piece together the facts. Archival art coupled with lively pen-and-ink sketches by acclaimed children's illustrator Cheryl Harness reveal all the action. This is one of our favorite books about the Revolutionary War--there are all kinds of ciphers for you to solve, making this a fun hands-on book for all ages.

         

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