The First Conspiracy

The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Jan 08, 2019
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Product Number: Z100139705
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427299178
Narrator/s: Scott Brick
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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This program includes a bonus conversation with the authors. Taking place during the most critical period of our nation's birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington's character, but also illuminates the origins of America's counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA. In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington's 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 Washington and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. In this historical masterpiece, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer teams up with American history writer and documentary television producer, Josh Mensch, to unravel the shocking true story behind what has previously been a footnote in the pages of history. Drawing on extensive research, Meltzer and Mensch capture in riveting detail how George Washington not only defeated the most powerful military force in the world, but also uncovered the secret plot against him in the tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776. Praise for The First Conspiracy: "This is American history at its finest, a gripping story of spies, killers, counterfeiters, traitors—and a mysterious prostitute who may or may not have even existed. Anyone with an interest in American history will love this book."—Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God “A wonderful book about leadership—and it shows why George Washington and his moral lessons are just as vital today. What a book. You'll love it.”—President George H.W. Bush “This is an important book: a fascinating largely unknown chapter of our hazardous beginning, a reminder of why counterintelligence matters, and a great read.”—President Bill Clinton


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The First Conspiracy
Product Number: BX00090040
Product Number:Z100139705
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Narrator(s): Scott Brick
Product Number DD41783
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781427299185
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Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: #9781250130341

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"Brad Meltzer utilizes his skills as a thriller novelist to great effect in this true story of a plot to kidnap or even kill George Washington in the early years of the American Revolution. Scott Brick adds to the enjoyment with a gripping narration. Mensch and Meltzer's pacing and straightforward writing style adapt well to audio. Brick, in turn, makes the pages come alive. He varies his volume during dramatic moments, at times almost whispering. He also varies his tone, enhancing the drama but never overpowering it. He effectively captures the authors' sense of triumph as the plot is exposed and Washington is safe. This work is an excellent example of the perfect melding of text and narrator. R.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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