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 page-turner, 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, traitorsand 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 leadershipand 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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About the Author
BRAD MELTZER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist, The Inner Circle, and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the "Ordinary People Change the World" series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, which he used to help find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero.
JOSH MENSCH is a writer and documentary television producer with a focus on American history and culture. He has produced, written, and directed series for National Geographic, PBS, A&E, Discovery, and many other networks. He met Brad Meltzer while working as a showrunner on Brad Meltzer’s Lost History for The History Channel. Josh is a graduate of Princeton and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
Date of Birth:1970
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University
Table of Contents
Prologue - New York, New York, April 1776
Part I: The Commander
Part II: Spies in Boston
Part III: A Bloody Summer
Part IV: A Most Infernal Plot
Part V: Sacricide
Part VI: Aftermath
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’m not usually a history fan, but so enjoyed reading this book and learning more about our founding fathers. So much influence on today’s political world. Maybe I am a history fan after all.
Very interesting story and well researched. I'd add one more star, but somehow history that is written in the present tense just does not seem to cut it.
The fledgling country had so much going against it as it struggled for independence from the militarily superior British. And the country is divided, the loyalists or Tories on one side and the revolutionaries on the other. It is a wonder it all didn’t go awry for George Washington’s Continental Army as they had to deal with shortages of every kind, and then there were the plots. Not only from without, but also from within their own ranks. Perhaps the most sinister one of all, was the plot to kill General Washington himself. The authors have done exhaustive research on the subject so much of the book is based on what they were able to uncover. The rest is speculation or educated guesses, a filling in of the blanks if you will, and they let you know when they do. A fascinating story, I thought it was a little repetitive at times, but overall a very satisfying read. I learned some things I didn’t know before, like how much importance Washington placed on honor and integrity. It was written in such a way as to make it all very intriguing. If you like history, then I think you’ll like this one.