The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Brad Meltzer / Dec 08, 2019

The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington In 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 treason

  • Title: The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
  • Author: Brad Meltzer
  • ISBN: 1250130336
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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.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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 432 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Flatiron Books More Details ISBN 1250130336 ISBN13 9781250130334 Edition Language English Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The First Conspiracy, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this considered fiction or nonfiction 5 likeslike 43 days ago Add your answer Mike This is a true story about events, during the American Revolution, that reveal a plot against George Washington The book includes quotations from This is a true story about events, during the American Revolution, that reveal a plot against George Washington The book includes quotations from documents that were written during that time period The plot even involves conspirators who were tasked with protecting Washington s life Brad Meltzer, the author, is an excellent historian and storyteller less flag What is the book about 1 likelike 52 days ago Add your answer Mike This is a true story about events, during the American Revolution, that reveal a plot against George Washington The book includes quotations from This is a true story about events, during the American Revolution, that reveal a plot against George Washington The book includes quotations from documents that were written during that time period The plot even involves conspirators who were tasked with protecting Washington s life Brad Meltzer, the author, is an excellent historian and storyteller less flag See 2 questions about The First Conspiracy Lists with This Book BookExpo 2018 100 books 17 voters Best Non Fiction of 2018 336 books 152 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 08, 2018 Brad Meltzer rated it it was amazing Review from the author Shelves favorites Loved it Duh flag 104 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jay Schutt I guess you would Jan 22, 2019 06 48AM Jennifer Irvin Growing up on and living on what was once part of George Washington s estate, it was awesome to read something fresh on this lovely man who has been p Growing up on and living on what was once part of George Washington s estate, it was awesome to read something fresh on this lovely man who has been part of my life for forever Jan 31, 2019 04 48AM Nov 13, 2018 Cherei rated it it was amazing Totally enjoyed reading The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer My husband s side of the family is related via George Washington s eldest brother It was pure delight to read about their relationship and how his brother helped George form the firm moral compass Knowing right from wrong Knowing that man should do what is right not for personal gain but simply because it s the right thing to do A trait that remains in the family to present day As one wh Totally enjoyed reading The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer My husband s side of the family is related via George Washington s eldest brother It was pure delight to read about their relationship and how his brother helped George form the firm moral compass Knowing right from wrong Knowing that man should do what is right not for personal gain but simply because it s the right thing to do A trait that remains in the family to present day As one who doesn t always see how others scheme and plot it was an eye opening documentation of what Washington had to endure and protect himself as well as those who were fighting to bring about one of the best political experiments of all time Meltzer really dived into the weeds and documented the story of who, what, where, when and the why behind every person involved I liked that he really captured what drove them to certain acts and why they were so vindictive I ve never understood how man could harm others for wanting to do the right thing for mankind I guess it all comes down to control and most humans do not want others to have the freedom to think for themselves To be in charge of their own destiny Thank goodness Washington succeeded where so many would have failed flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 17, 2018 W Whalin rated it it was amazing Unusual Story About George Washington and Early US HistoryI ve read a number of Brad Meltzer novels and have enjoyed them For THE FIRST CONSPIRACY, Meltzer teams with Josh Mensch and writes history about the early days of America This book held my attention from beginning to end but it was definitely different than the Meltzer novels Tbis history book enlightens readers about the origins of America s counterintelligence and a previously untold part of American history I enjoyed this book and Unusual Story About George Washington and Early US HistoryI ve read a number of Brad Meltzer novels and have enjoyed them For THE FIRST CONSPIRACY, Meltzer teams with Josh Mensch and writes history about the early days of America This book held my attention from beginning to end but it was definitely different than the Meltzer novels Tbis history book enlightens readers about the origins of America s counterintelligence and a previously untold part of American history I enjoyed this book and read it cover to cover I recommend it flag 13 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Stephanie Hall rated it it was ok Shelves arc, history ARC sent to me by Flatiron Books.Actually did not finish this, but it is the end of the year and I can t bring myself to continue reading a book that is so hard for me to read without throwing it down every page or so in frustration I will say, I m still very interesting in the subject The writing style of Meltzer and Mensch just DID NOT work for me at all Let s talk about why I stopped reading this at page 81.1 Is this book seriously marketed for adults Because so much of it was dumbed ARC sent to me by Flatiron Books.Actually did not finish this, but it is the end of the year and I can t bring myself to continue reading a book that is so hard for me to read without throwing it down every page or so in frustration I will say, I m still very interesting in the subject The writing style of Meltzer and Mensch just DID NOT work for me at all Let s talk about why I stopped reading this at page 81.1 Is this book seriously marketed for adults Because so much of it was dumbed down In just the 80 pages I read, the word loyalist was defined three separate times The authors also defined what a woman of ill repute was The final thing that made me put down this book was the authors quoting a colonial sailor and then immediately translating the quote, even though it was perfectly understandable the first time we read it The entire short time I was reading this book, I felt as though the authors thought I was too stupid to understand basic English words and phrases 2 It read too much like a novel I m all for making nonfiction less dry and accessible to wider audiences, but this tried way too hard Cliffhanger sentences and sensationalized ways of phrasing facts that are pretty common knowledge was just absurd It really only served as a distraction and, after awhile, seemed really cheesy Also, spoiler alert, we already know George Washington doesn t die so trying to build the suspense seems pointless.3 Too many italicized words It was ridiculous and totally unnecessary And some of them were only italicized because they were outdated words that needed defining I felt like there would be a vocab quiz at the end of the chapter when I read them.4 I hated that it was told in present tense That is just an awful tactic for, once again, trying to increase tension but was really just annoying Which brings me to the fact that the book also jumped back and forward in time frequently So not only does using the present tense really not make sense, the time jumping was another failed tactic to increase tension.Maybe I ll pick this up again next year Or maybe I ll just do some Googling to find out the details of the assassination plot without suffering through almost 400 pages of nonsense flag 11 likesLike see review Katie Your review was almost word for word what I just finished telling someone about this book In my opinion, it would ve made a much better article in Sm Your review was almost word for word what I just finished telling someone about this book In my opinion, it would ve made a much better article in Smithsonian Magazine than a book There wasn t enough to this story to warrant a book I made it to the end, but it was very tough to get there Jan 15, 2019 06 32PM Ann Marie I am very nearly finished with the book, and am reading reviews to see if others have noticed what I did I am 100 in agreement with you Don t bother I am very nearly finished with the book, and am reading reviews to see if others have noticed what I did I am 100 in agreement with you Don t bother picking it up again I have a spoiler for you Not only does Washington not die, but the only time the idea of his being assassinated ever comes up in historic record is once, in one Continental Army lieutenant s journal Meltzer and Mensch made the whole thing up, out of their own minds, to sell a book Jan 29, 2019 02 28PM Jan 22, 2019 Elizabeth A.G rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 nonfiction group challenge, 5000 love of reading 2019 The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington is an interesting book about the little known history of the early days of colonialist grievances against the British and the plots of possible abduction and or assassination of the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington Brad Meltzer and co author Josh Mensch have created a history book that is part mystery story, spy story, conspiracy story, biography, character study, and the story of the beginnings of coun The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington is an interesting book about the little known history of the early days of colonialist grievances against the British and the plots of possible abduction and or assassination of the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington Brad Meltzer and co author Josh Mensch have created a history book that is part mystery story, spy story, conspiracy story, biography, character study, and the story of the beginnings of counterintelligence The story is told with suspense and as the intrigue increases, the reader also senses the urgency that the British ships will be arriving soon and the rag tag Continental Army is not prepared for the greatest powers in the world, the British navy army and King George III George Washington has his work cut out for him as the authors repeat several times While obviously much research was done for the book and the history is interesting, the writing style was a bit tedious with the very short chapters, frequent time and place shifts and too many inserted author word and passage definitions and explanations The words and passages they felt needed interpretation were perfectly understandable and any reasonably intelligent reader could grasp the meaning for themselves For some reason, perhaps to increase the page count for the book, the authors repeated in different parts of the narrative some things that they had reported or explained earlier, as if they felt the reader could not remember what they had read before As Mr Meltzer stated in the Author s Note, the book was started as a mystery and there is too much of the mystery style in the writing in my opinion Many chapters end with some kind of an expressed cliffhanger, I guess used to urge the reader to turn the page, as in a mystery pageturner, and not needed except for the dramatic effect the author thought it might produce The style of writing made me feel the book was aimed at the 8th, 9th or perhaps 10th grade level rather than to the adult reader.In spite of the above, however, this is an important book that tells the fascinating story not only of the plots against Washington, but the history of the forging of an independent nation, the hardships Washington and his army faced, the clear depiction of the opposing Loyalists and their subversive plans, the difficult terrain and distances between cities and towns, and of course the early establishment of crucial espionage and counter espionage techniques endorsed by John Jay When I closed the book after finishing, I thought that was a really good book flag 10 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Liz rated it it was amazing What a story I ve been enjoying Brad Meltzer s books for years but this is the best of them all Who knew that a tale of a secret plot against George Washington could be so riveting This is an easy to read, engrossing story that reveals much about the early years of the American revolution A solid recommend I won a copy of this book in a giveaway for this honest review flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 22, 2018 Dustin rated it really liked it While the story itself is compelling and dramatic enough, Meltzer s buid up to the conspiracy is really what makes this book so enjoyable Particularly the story of the Long Island counterfeiters finding themselves wrapped up in the plot flag 7 likesLike see review Oct 09, 2018 Natalie rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs, nonfiction, read in 2018 Release date 1 2 2019This was an absolutely fascinating read It read like a spy novel with many twists and turns, and it was crazy to think that the events I was reading about actually happened I had no idea that there was a plot against George Washington even before the Declaration of Independence was signed, or that Washington was the creator of what we know as counterintelligence today I am not someone who normally gravitates to nonfiction, but this was written in a very compelling way Release date 1 2 2019This was an absolutely fascinating read It read like a spy novel with many twists and turns, and it was crazy to think that the events I was reading about actually happened I had no idea that there was a plot against George Washington even before the Declaration of Independence was signed, or that Washington was the creator of what we know as counterintelligence today I am not someone who normally gravitates to nonfiction, but this was written in a very compelling way It s crazy to think about how different this country would be if that plot had succeeded I was a little bummed that one of the traitors was from CT Oh well, at least we have Nathan Hale flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 David rated it really liked it Set in the turbulent months of 1776 after George Washington is given command of the Continental army and before the mighty British army arrives in the colonies to put down the rebellion, this fascinating book tells the tale of dastardly plots, treason and the beginnings of the Intelligence service An enjoyable and satisfying read for all flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Ann Marie rated it it was ok Shelves advance reader copy, american history, history, politics You won t believe what happens in Brad Meltzer s latest book That s pretty much it, page, after page of foreshadowing, with some History Channel level prose to fill it up In fact, I am pretty sure I already learned some of this back when I used to watch the History Channel And, that brings me to the title, The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington There was no known plot to kill George Washington Not in any historical record, not in any handed down tradition Meltzer a You won t believe what happens in Brad Meltzer s latest book That s pretty much it, page, after page of foreshadowing, with some History Channel level prose to fill it up In fact, I am pretty sure I already learned some of this back when I used to watch the History Channel And, that brings me to the title, The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington There was no known plot to kill George Washington Not in any historical record, not in any handed down tradition Meltzer and his co author made it up to sell a book The only references made in any documents quoted in this book are in two journal entries written after the fact, one of them by a civilian who had nothing to do with the case The fact that no mention of assassination of Washington is made in any official documents is offered by the authors as proof the plot existed They had to keep the knowledge of the plot secret, don t you know Today, this is know as a tin foil hat conspiracy Finally, back to the foreshadowing I am always uncomfortable when an author resorts to it too frequently It implies a lack of faith in the merits of your own material to keep the reader engaged.I received this book free in exchange for an honest review on.Oh, not to spoil anything, but we won the war flag 4 likesLike see review Beverly Wow I think this deserves 1 star You were too generous Ann Marie Feb 01, 2019 04 22AM Ann Marie The second star was because I was able to finish it I give one star to books I quit partway through Lol Thanks, Beverly Feb 01, 2019 06 58AM Beverly Oh Now I understand Sigh 14 hours, 3 min ago Jan 11, 2019 Steve rated it it was amazing A interesting book as well as an intriguing and unknown piece of history, until now This book reminds me of a page turning thriller filled with spies and traitors During the American Revolution in 1776, an elite group of soldiers from the Continental Army were handpicked to serve as Washington s bodyguards Unknown to Washington, some of the guards as well as the Governor and Mayor of New York planned a deadly scheme to kill George Washington Of course, it was revealed later of the plot and t A interesting book as well as an intriguing and unknown piece of history, until now This book reminds me of a page turning thriller filled with spies and traitors During the American Revolution in 1776, an elite group of soldiers from the Continental Army were handpicked to serve as Washington s bodyguards Unknown to Washington, some of the guards as well as the Governor and Mayor of New York planned a deadly scheme to kill George Washington Of course, it was revealed later of the plot and those involved were executed Imagine if the plan to kill Washington was successful, the outcome of the American Revolution would have a catastrophic ending flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing Shelves challenge 2018, giveaway Note This book was provided free of charge by Flatiron Books courtesy of a giveaway All thoughts and opinions are my own This book can best be considered as a historical mystery While I would have liked to have seen the footnotes, they were not provided in this copy, but rest assured that they provide some fascinating reading that the authors have uncovered in this fast paced and dramatic volume Coming in at about 400 pages, this is not a short book, but it reads very quickly Note This book was provided free of charge by Flatiron Books courtesy of a giveaway All thoughts and opinions are my own This book can best be considered as a historical mystery While I would have liked to have seen the footnotes, they were not provided in this copy, but rest assured that they provide some fascinating reading that the authors have uncovered in this fast paced and dramatic volume Coming in at about 400 pages, this is not a short book, but it reads very quickly In fact, it can be said that this book reads like its inevitable film or television adaptation, with short and punchy chapters that go back and forth in time As a reader of many books on history, I was very pleased by the structure of this book, because it made the book far easier to read and far cinematic than many history books are Clearly, the authors are not merely masters of obscure and interesting historical material concerning historical mysteries, but are also masters of a compelling prose style that will likely appeal to many readers who want to know a largely unknown story from the early days of the American Revolution.This book is divided into six parts The work begins with a prologue in media res that explains George Washington being subject to a trap that has been laid for him that he is not aware of Obviously, the reader, knowing him as the victorious leader of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States after the ratification of the Constitution, will want to know The author then looks at the background of George Washington that prepared him for leadership I A section of the book then follows looking at spies in Boston and Washington s quick education in counterintelligence there II Further parts of the book focus on the bloodiness of the Summer of 1776 III , the infernal plot against Washington IV , the question of sacricide V and the aftermath of the uncovering of the plot against Washington in the retreat of Washington and his troops from New York VI The authors manage to tell this story by weaving together political and military history along with a great deal of procedural information that shows the skill the colonists were gaining in conducting intelligence and counterintelligence work, not only focusing on George Washington but also John Jay and obscure figures on both sides.There is a wide potential reading audience for a book like this On the one hand, the book has obvious historical interest for those who are interested in the American revolution, and particular the war as it relates to New York City and the divide that existed between loyalists and patriots Likewise, the book is of interest to those who like to read about counterintelligence and intelligence efforts in the American Revolution 1 The story is told in a compelling fashion that draws upon shrewd psychological insights into important historical figures and also the realization the the American Revolution was full of the sort of skulduggery that one expects from contemporary warfare The authors make a strong case for John Jay s role as an American pioneer in counterintelligence and also for the importance of the Life Guards as a precursor to the Secret Service, which also provides some historical plausibility for some of the authors other works that rely to areas where politics and government and espionage correspond This is a historical mystery and thriller, and a compelling one that deserves a wide and appreciative audience 1 See, for example flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it Shelves advance read, american revolution, history A nice historical read about an assassination attempt on George Washington during the American Revolution which also discusses the intelligence gathering and counter intelligence efforts of both the British and the colonists Well worth reading This was a free advance read copy obtained through I would buy the book if I didn t have this copy flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Brian rated it it was ok Minor Spoilers If you are reading this I believe you likely understand the general premise of the book so not going to rehash I also write reviews when procrastinating at work so my time, thus this review, is limited in scope First off, the title of the book is absolutely misleading which summarize the general style of the author When I hear assassination attempt I think of one person taking direct and immediate action that would result in physically eliminating the targeted individual Minor Spoilers If you are reading this I believe you likely understand the general premise of the book so not going to rehash I also write reviews when procrastinating at work so my time, thus this review, is limited in scope First off, the title of the book is absolutely misleading which summarize the general style of the author When I hear assassination attempt I think of one person taking direct and immediate action that would result in physically eliminating the targeted individual As in person Y holds a gun, points it at person X and pulls the trigger with intent to kill However, this book revolves around a scheme a term I use loosely to influence individuals to change teams Said assassination was merely hinted at by a retired official later in life The major plot line involved the mayor of New York trying to influence locals to back his side which was to remain loyal English citizens Even in that regard the book falls short By this I mean there did not seem to be some far reaching plot by nefarious individuals In actuality, the main antagonist held a legal government position His goal was to keep local terrorists from mounting an all out rebellion So plot to kill is not exactly accurate, like guy in government trying to do his job As other reviewers have mentioned the format is too much like a TV show full of misleading cliff hangers and manufactured drama I am no George Washington expert but I believe someone maybe you Mr Metzler has a man crush on the original G dubs making him out to be the perfect man Not a direct quote but close enough for government work Books such as these are often difficult to ascertain fact from fiction due to the mystique built around the cornerstone of a Nation State s foundation.I would consider this book an airplane novel Written in a way that makes it easy and quick to read There are no rambling prose by the author or deep controversial ideas You will not be blown away by new and what he did next was jaw dropping historical data A minor annoyance for me was the author s liberal use of the word literally You can stand next to an object without the need to explain that he was literally standing next to said object Small pet peeve.My personal thought is the act of researching of the assassination plot was far intriguing than the resulting book I have no doubt trying to uncover a historical mystery would be a rewarding process Who knows, maybe the author oversold the idea to a publisher only to find there was not much substance to be had.If you are only mildly interested in history this might be a good read But if you have a deeper interest in history this book can be easily chalked up to, The other side was trying to do things to win too flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Darcy rated it liked it Shelves 2019, audio book, listened to at work, non fiction I clicked on this one when it showed up on my library s website, not really sure what it was about, no clue at all that it was non fiction As the book went on it seemed crazy, that it should have been a historical fiction take events It does make a person wonder, how would the world have changed if they were successful I also can t imagine how Washington felt as he was betrayed by those so close to him flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 06, 2019 Hope rated it it was ok Shelves giveaways I received an uncorrected advance reader copy as part of a giveaway I ve been entering giveaways for over five years and finally got lucky, so I can assure you that real people win.Pros Written in an engaging, modern style and divided in to 80 brief chapters, The First Conspiracy is a propulsive read It tells a story that I d never heard before despite growing up in George Washington s home state and taking at least three years of Virginia History in school Each thread in the sche I received an uncorrected advance reader copy as part of a giveaway I ve been entering giveaways for over five years and finally got lucky, so I can assure you that real people win.Pros Written in an engaging, modern style and divided in to 80 brief chapters, The First Conspiracy is a propulsive read It tells a story that I d never heard before despite growing up in George Washington s home state and taking at least three years of Virginia History in school Each thread in the scheme is told separately and in turn each is pulled so they all come together for a dramatic conclusion Also, The First Conspiracy is a refreshing break from the typical Washington hagiography in that it doesn t shy away from showing the great man s fury and his early and numerous failures in battle Cons While the story is interesting, the telling of that story gets in the way a lot Most chapters end on a cliffhanger of the but little did they know variety A kidnapping or murder plot is afoot, I think the events are compelling enough already I ll grant that this may be because I was reading an uncorrected proof, but I was also put off by heavy repetition of plot points pun intended that served to remind the reader of the major players and what was happening These slowed down the narrative I also rolled my eyes at the use of literally for emphasis when figuratively would ve been truer I try to not nitpick grammar and word choice since most of the time that s hardly the point, but I found that the casual style diminished the authority of the voice telling me the story Finally, during what should have been a thrilling conclusion I found myself a bit bored as numerous court Continental Congress documents were described the steam seemed to have gone out of the narrative Bottom line The First Conspiracy ultimately wasn t my cup of tea, but it succeeds in shedding light on a little known threat to George Washington that could ve changed the course of history I haven t read other books by Brad Meltzer, but thriller fans will probably appreciate the lively, mostly fast paced style flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Patricia rated it liked it Shelves history, military action, war THE FIRST CONSPIRACY is an interesting read I learned quite a lot of information which I was previously unaware I only wish this book had included the entire war flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Tracey rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed This is only my second history of the making of America The first was Hamilton s wife, which gave me a glimpse of Washington I was quite excited to learn of Meltzer s new book about Washington I did win this through , and it is an advance reading copy It comes out January 2019.This book is easy to read with no slow parts I did not like history in school, especially American history It has taken me a few decades to rea This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed This is only my second history of the making of America The first was Hamilton s wife, which gave me a glimpse of Washington I was quite excited to learn of Meltzer s new book about Washington I did win this through , and it is an advance reading copy It comes out January 2019.This book is easy to read with no slow parts I did not like history in school, especially American history It has taken me a few decades to realize my love for this subject.I would recommend this for anyone interested in history, war, Washington, and the CIA flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Brenda Ayala rated it liked it Shelves shelf awareness I love this book for teaching me a new facet of US history that I wasn t aware of, and it s written in a simple style that will make even the most hesitant readers feel at ease It felt a little too forced in some places though A lot of references to things that can only be assumed or guessed at, but not proven The authors did a good job of presenting the most likely scenario for various bits, but ultimately we don t know the answers and it was almost like they were just presuming to write his I love this book for teaching me a new facet of US history that I wasn t aware of, and it s written in a simple style that will make even the most hesitant readers feel at ease It felt a little too forced in some places though A lot of references to things that can only be assumed or guessed at, but not proven The authors did a good job of presenting the most likely scenario for various bits, but ultimately we don t know the answers and it was almost like they were just presuming to write history themselves flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Katie Doing Dewey rated it liked it Shelves janff Summary An exciting story with occasional fun historical details, but sometimes melodramatic and a bit light 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 Summary An exciting story with occasional fun historical details, but sometimes melodramatic and a bit light 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 source As you might expect from this description, this was a fascinating story It was a bit light on available detail, but for the most part, I thought the authors did a good job with what was available They were clear where they were extrapolating from what could actually be confirmed Even so, it made for a short, light read There were occasionally really good moments, where I learned something new that really brought the time period to life For example, thinking about the logistics involved with arranging a meeting at the time was a lot fun.The writing was not my favorite It was exciting, but the authors work to make it exciting was too visible chapters ending on cliff hangers, chapters beginning with three dramatic, one word sentences, constant foreshadowing I prefer an author to work a bit behind the scenes, subtly to pull me in The story was told in present tense, which sometimes struck me as strange, and detailed descriptions of everything would have been a welcome addition First person sources were incorporated well where available They added a lot and didn t disrupt the flow of the story.Overall, this was a fun read, with a good story and decent writing Particularly at a time when I m leaning toward denser nonfiction though, I was disappointed this didn t have substance.This review was originally posted on Doing Dewey flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Gail rated it did not like it Recommends it for Children Recommended to Gail by Other reviewers Shelves mediocre, not worthwhile It s hard to believe all the five star reviews here I found the writing to be irritating as it s definitely not for adults, but for elementary school children Everything is overly simplistic, repetitious, and sensationalized Somehow I stuck with it to the end even though it annoyed me I have never read any other Brad Meltzer book and if he wrote them all like this one then I have no intention of reading them flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Wesley rated it really liked it review of another edition My Rating 4 Life GuardsA nonfiction book that explains the history of early days in the American colonies and George Washington s difficulties with spies within his group of military leaders.Superstar Scott Brick narrates the audio book flag 2 likesLike see review Wesley Thanks Majenta and MrsER Jan 30, 2019 10 04AM Jan 07, 2019 Karen Parisot rated it liked 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 ki 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 flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Joann Amidon rated it did not like it The historical facts presented in this book are worth reading about and I was happy to learn new facts as well as remember some I knew However, the writing is so inferior I can only rate the book with one star flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Debbi DuBose rated it really liked it Shelves arc win, friendship, historical non fiction, my library, mystery to story, read 2019 This narrative retelling of the history of the beginning of American intelligence and, also, counterintelligence, is a riveting account and a thoroughly enjoyable and informative read The chapters are short and to the point encouraging me to keep reading George Washington, Commander of the American Continental Army, realized the need for intelligence in 1776, when a plot masterminded by the former Governor Tryon of New York, was discovered In fact it was not one plot , but several What were This narrative retelling of the history of the beginning of American intelligence and, also, counterintelligence, is a riveting account and a thoroughly enjoyable and informative read The chapters are short and to the point encouraging me to keep reading George Washington, Commander of the American Continental Army, realized the need for intelligence in 1776, when a plot masterminded by the former Governor Tryon of New York, was discovered In fact it was not one plot , but several What were these sinister plots How was former Governor Tryon, now on a ship in New York s Harbor able to mastermind these schemes Did you know that George Washington was almost assassinated by his own Life Guards Think what would have become of America if he had been Washington was probably one of the most honorable men to ever command the U.S Army Read this book THE FIRST CONSPIRACY by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch See for yourselves what Washington and his Army were doing to win our freedom from England This is a shocking and surreal story and I loved reading it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Darla rated it really liked it The early days of the Revolutionary War are revealed to us in the style of a mystery thriller With short chapters and little known details, Meltzer keeps our attention and shows us how crucial George Washington was to the beginning of our nation Much of this narrative takes place before the Declaration of Independence was signed and it is a miracle that the fledgling army weathered the hardships, conspiracies and threat of the massive British army A very interesting read Will especially be o The early days of the Revolutionary War are revealed to us in the style of a mystery thriller With short chapters and little known details, Meltzer keeps our attention and shows us how crucial George Washington was to the beginning of our nation Much of this narrative takes place before the Declaration of Independence was signed and it is a miracle that the fledgling army weathered the hardships, conspiracies and threat of the massive British army A very interesting read Will especially be of interest to readers who enjoyed George Washington s Secret Six by Kilmeade.A big thank you to Macmillan for sending me an ARC of this new book in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Susan McGrath rated it liked it I received an Advance Reading Copy of The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and John Mensch from the publisher Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review The First Conspiracy is scheduled for release on January 8, 2019.The First Conspiracy is not a novel, it is a glimpse into a piece of history We are dropped into the months leading up to the Declaration of Independence and the war that it launches The focus of this history is a group of men who are secretly associated with the British I received an Advance Reading Copy of The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and John Mensch from the publisher Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review The First Conspiracy is scheduled for release on January 8, 2019.The First Conspiracy is not a novel, it is a glimpse into a piece of history We are dropped into the months leading up to the Declaration of Independence and the war that it launches The focus of this history is a group of men who are secretly associated with the British This group of men has a plan They are out to get George Washington This story is told in third person, which makes sense for a history The story jumps around in both place and time, following different people and their actions Given that we are piecing together a conspiracy, the jumping made sense What made less sense to me was the tense Meltzer chose to write in This history is written in present tense I think his goal was to make us feel a sense of urgency, make us feel tension and anxiety over how things were going to turn out This did not work for me Since this is a history, I knew from the beginning that the attempt to assassinate Washington was going to be unsuccessful The choice of present tense just felt awkward.The down side to the jumping in time and space was that we never get a chance to really attach to any of the characters While we see what individuals are doing, we don t get close to any of them This made it difficult for me to sink into the story I felt very distant from the action and the people involved.I also struggled with the writing style Meltzer used Meltzer is a bestselling author, who typically writes thrillers I could see this in his approach to this history His chapter lead ins and endings had the feel of what I see in thrillers Again, this felt out of place to me It felt as if he were trying to force a sense of excitement into the story, rather than mining and developing the intrigue that was inherent to this conspiracy tale.While this was an interesting story about a piece of history that I honestly did not know about, I did not love this book I wanted to be immersed in this conspiracy, immersed in the plotting and intrigue Instead, I was overly aware of the author and his stylistic devices flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves free books, 2018 reads, history and true stories, my home collection, thrillers, twists and pageturners More reviews and book ish content Club Book MobileThe First Conspiracy The Secret Plot Against George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch was an outstanding read about a historical happening This one won t be released until January 2019 I read it as an ARC from Flatiron Books , and y all will want to add this one to your to read list now This was nonfiction that read like a thriller which is a rare feat It was a book that I asked my husband Did you know as I read another h More reviews and book ish content Club Book MobileThe First Conspiracy The Secret Plot Against George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch was an outstanding read about a historical happening This one won t be released until January 2019 I read it as an ARC from Flatiron Books , and y all will want to add this one to your to read list now This was nonfiction that read like a thriller which is a rare feat It was a book that I asked my husband Did you know as I read another happening, and or I recounted what I had just read because it was so fascinating This book focuses on the realities of the Revolutionary War While there were those who were focused on fighting for our new country, there were also Loyalists Part of the battle wasn t just the war, but devious plans to gain an edge One of these plans was to literally take out George Washington This book does an amazing job of trekking through how that plot came to be, all the players who were involved, and how the still forming government addressed the issue This was a book where I learned so much and couldn t stop reading because I needed to know what happened next Obviously, I knew George Washington was going to end up okay, however I didn t know how that all came to be I absolutely loved this book in a way I don t normally love nonfiction history It had all the drama and all the twists, and this is a book I ll be recommending for readers of all types for the foreseeable future flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Joseph J rated it it was amazing Recommends it for fans of American history and intrigue, plots Won in a Giveaway Clandestine operations Undermining a leader Conspiratorial actions and the arrest of alleged ringleaders Some in turn bargain for a lighter sentence in return for important information Sound familiar This is 1775 1776, and the leader of the fledgling nation s military is George Washington and, SURPRISE George wasn t always first in the hearts of his countrymen This page turner a literal page turner tells of a plot hatched by British Loyalist forces to kidnap o Won in a Giveaway Clandestine operations Undermining a leader Conspiratorial actions and the arrest of alleged ringleaders Some in turn bargain for a lighter sentence in return for important information Sound familiar This is 1775 1776, and the leader of the fledgling nation s military is George Washington and, SURPRISE George wasn t always first in the hearts of his countrymen This page turner a literal page turner tells of a plot hatched by British Loyalist forces to kidnap or kill Washington in New York City in the early days of the Revolution His prime enemy a true enemy is New York Loyalist Governor Tryon, literally floating at sea well at harbor while Washington has NYC The plot involves a motley group of merchants and disaffected soldiers, some members of Washington s elite protective guard Indeed, the whole Continental Army is similarly ragtag, and the authors describe the filth and stench of the makeshift camps, the lack of hygiene and the destruction of fine homes occupied by stinky soldiers unfamiliar with luxury Hey, that Chippendale chair will make great firewood I won t provide spoilers, but the housekeeper s tale is frustrating The chapters in my ARC were short, hence the page turning hook This is a colorful account of a neglected until now period in history An enjoyment But why is a beast like Tryon memorialized in NYC today flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Monica rated it really liked it Shelves giveaway read, giveaways won I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion.It s Brad Meltzer s first attempt at Non fiction He takes a look at a little known conspiracy at the start of the Revolutionary War The Conspiracy is to kill George Washington Meltzer researches how one person could have changed the history of the United States It s unimaginable to think what would have happened if the Conspiracy had been accomplished You will learn of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors You will learn ho I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion.It s Brad Meltzer s first attempt at Non fiction He takes a look at a little known conspiracy at the start of the Revolutionary War The Conspiracy is to kill George Washington Meltzer researches how one person could have changed the history of the United States It s unimaginable to think what would have happened if the Conspiracy had been accomplished You will learn of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors You will learn how the origins of counterintelligence led to our CIA Happy Reading flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all eight of his novels The First Counsel came next, which was about a White House lawyer dating the President s daughter, then The Millionaires, which was about two brothers who steal money and go on the run The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are literally gambling on Congress The Book of Fate, is about a young presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200 year old code created by Thomas Jefferson that ties them together For authenticity, The Book of Fate, was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush The Book of Lies, is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel s father Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel s family about the murder and, with his charitable site OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld, has been the driving force behind the movement to repair the house where Superman was created.His book The Inner Circle and its sequels, The Fifth Assassin and The President s Shadow is based the idea that George Washington s personal spy ring still exists today A young archivist in the National Archives finds out the spy ring is still around He doesn t know who they work for but the greatest secret of the Presidency is about to be revealed While researching the book, former President George HW Bush also gave Brad, for the very first time, the secret letter he left for 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    The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill The First Conspiracy is scheduled for release on January , The First Conspiracy is not a novel, it is a glimpse into a piece of history We are dropped into the months leading up to the Declaration of Independence and the war that it launches. The First Conspiracy Brad Meltzer Get ready for THE FIRST CONSPIRACY The Secret Plot Against George Washington and the Birth of American Counterintelligence In , an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington s bodyguards. The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot Against George Washington 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 First Conspiracy Brad Meltzer Macmillan 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. The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George 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. The First Conspiracy Details Foiled Hickey Plot To The First Conspiracy is an excellent book, enthralling and beyond fascinating, and it s sure to delight both fans of thrillers and American history. The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Stylistically, The First Conspiracy mimics a thriller, which makes sense considering the bulk of Meltzer s career as a novelist The book is composed of very short chapters many only two pages in length and the chapters are filled with sentences that are short, choppy, and dramatic. The First Conspiracy Audiobook by Brad Meltzer, Josh There is little new in THE FIRST CONSPIRACY, but this is the first book to provide this level of detail about the secret plot against General George Washington the newly appointed leader of the American forces against British rule of the American colonies. The First Conspiracy The First Conspiracy The First Conspiracy is an album by The International Noise Conspiracy It is a compilation of four records that were released in Europe earlier that year It was first released on International Workers Day in on the record label G Welcoming Committee and later re released with new cover art, The First Conspiracy Review The Skulduggery of King In , the British schemed to destabilize the fledgling American Revolution Did their plans include the assassination of George Washington Stephen Brumwell reviews The First Conspiracy

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        Brad Meltzer is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President s Shadow His newest book, The Escape Artist, debuted at 1 on the bestseller list.In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller lis Brad Meltzer is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President s Shadow His newest book, The Escape Artist, debuted at 1 on the bestseller list.In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non Fiction History Decoded , Advice Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter , Children s Books I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln and even comic books Justice League of America , for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.His newest thriller, The Escape Artist, introduces Nola and Zig, brand new characters in a setting that will blow your mind you won t believe where the government let Brad go For now, we ll say this Nola is dead Everyone says she s dead But Jim Zig Zigarowski just found out the truth Nola is alive And on the run Together, Nola and Zig will reveal a centuries old secret that traces back the greatest escape artist of all Harry Houdini.Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all eight of his novels The First Counsel came next, which was about a White House lawyer dating the President s daughter, then The Millionaires, which was about two brothers who steal money and go on the run The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are literally gambling on Congress The Book of Fate, is about a young presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200 year old code created by Thomas Jefferson that ties them together For authenticity, The Book of Fate, was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush The Book of Lies, is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel s father Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel s family about the murder and, with his charitable site OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld, has been the driving force behind the movement to repair the house where Superman was created.His book The Inner Circle and its sequels, The Fifth Assassin and The President s Shadow is based the idea that George Washington s personal spy ring still exists today A young archivist in the National Archives finds out the spy ring is still around He doesn t know who they work for but the greatest secret of the Presidency is about to be revealed While researching the book, former President George HW Bush also gave Brad, for the very first time, the secret letter he left for Bill Clinton in the Oval Office desk Oh, and yes, Brad was recruited by the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways that terrorists might attack the US.His books have spent over a year on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen s Celebrity, co wrote the swearing in oath for AmeriCorps, the national service program, and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko s.Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who s also an attorney


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    1. Totally enjoyed reading The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer My husband s side of the family is related via George Washington s eldest brother It was pure delight to read about their relationship and how his brother helped George form the firm moral compass Knowing right from wrong Knowing that man should do what is right not for personal gain but simply because it s the right thing to do A trait that remains in the family to present day As one wh Totall [...]


    2. Unusual Story About George Washington and Early US HistoryI ve read a number of Brad Meltzer novels and have enjoyed them For THE FIRST CONSPIRACY, Meltzer teams with Josh Mensch and writes history about the early days of America This book held my attention from beginning to end but it was definitely different than the Meltzer novels Tbis history book enlightens readers about the origins of America s counterintelligence and a previously untold part of American history I enjoyed this book and Unu [...]


    3. ARC sent to me by Flatiron Books.Actually did not finish this, but it is the end of the year and I can t bring myself to continue reading a book that is so hard for me to read without throwing it down every page or so in frustration I will say, I m still very interesting in the subject The writing style of Meltzer and Mensch just DID NOT work for me at all Let s talk about why I stopped reading this at page 81.1 Is this book seriously marketed for adults Because so much of it was dumbed ARC sent [...]


    4. The First Conspiracy The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington is an interesting book about the little known history of the early days of colonialist grievances against the British and the plots of possible abduction and or assassination of the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington Brad Meltzer and co author Josh Mensch have created a history book that is part mystery story, spy story, conspiracy story, biography, character study, and the story of the beginnings of coun T [...]


    5. What a story I ve been enjoying Brad Meltzer s books for years but this is the best of them all Who knew that a tale of a secret plot against George Washington could be so riveting This is an easy to read, engrossing story that reveals much about the early years of the American revolution A solid recommend I won a copy of this book in a giveaway for this honest review.


    6. While the story itself is compelling and dramatic enough, Meltzer s buid up to the conspiracy is really what makes this book so enjoyable Particularly the story of the Long Island counterfeiters finding themselves wrapped up in the plot.


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