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Thespy that saved the American Revolution is a book accounting for somehistorical events that took place in America. Years ago, technologyhad not evolved to today. Internet hacking and the era of unmanneddrones is a recent phenomenon. Nonetheless, countries found otherways to spy on each other during wartime. The book tells the storiesof the many people who quietly conducted espionage for the general,George Washington. The main aim of espionage was to support the goalsof retaking New York City from the British.

TheBook’s Main Point

GeorgeWashington mastered the act of spying on his enemies. Furthermore,the ring he created for spying against the Britain made himhistorical. The ring had a profound outcome on the revolutionary war.The book’s author aimed at showing how Washington successes werenot based on one man. He used the efforts of many people to attainhis ultimate goals. The book is a historical archeology of eventsthat encircled the American Revolution(Kilmeade and Yaeger).

Thebook focuses on the Culper Ring and the influence it created onWashington`s decision-making procedures. The book gets interesting asit narrates the fascinating events that encircled Washington and theBritish commander General Hawe. It shows how risky spying exposed thepeople working for Washington and the kind of stress they underwentto attain different objectives. In essence, all that GeorgeWashington accomplished was as a result of gathering intelligence.

Themain point or the thesis is very convincing. Notably, much of thedialogue in the book is fictitious. Nonetheless, the dialogue isbased on actual conversations that took place during the period underdiscussion(Kilmeade and Yaeger).The author of the book tries as much as possible to incorporateactual phrases used by the speaker to ensure that the relevance ofthe argument according to the thesis statement remains objective.Where the actual word conversations are not related, the author usesthem to bring drama and narrative progression.

Theauthor focuses on different ways to substantiate his claims. Thefirst method is as discussed above where he incorporate actualdialogues. These dialogues are supposed to capture theinternalization aspect from the reader. Per se, the conversations areoffered to make the reader participate in the vivid description ofevents. Another method is using the same conversations in afictitious manner to ensure that the reader remains thrilled by dramaand narrative progression. He uses different literature devices. Heengages the audience by formatting the book in a political thrillerstyle that contains a riveting and inspiring story. He uses imagerywhere he introduces the six spies(Kilmeade and Yaeger).

Theyrepresented different elements such as confidence, fearlessness, andleadership as they navigated through the loyalties and British armyin pursuit of intelligence. He also uses figurative language as ameans of emphasizing certain points in the story. For instance, heuses a great quote at the beginning of the book. The quote talksabout the men and women whose true identities are concealed. Theirstories have never been told yet they are the symbol for America`sachieved goals. The writer is also persuasive in the manner hewrites. He gives reasons and justifications to make the reader becomehis or her dependent in thoughts.

Inthe example where he uses a quote, he wants the reader to believethat all Americans owe the six spies inexpressible debt. Hestipulates this by further elaborating on how the six spies riskedtheir lives to ensure that America was liberated. The story has alsoutilized the plot as a method of substantiating the author`s claim.The author engages in the arrangement of ideas and incidents to makeup the story(Kilmeade and Yaeger).The point of view lingers on the narrator of the story. Heparticipates in action but has to rely on direct speech and otherstyles to develop knowledge and vision.

Critiqueto the Book

Asmuch as the author of the book depicts a certain kind of history, thebook did not meet quality stylistic devices. From chapter one to thelast chapter, there is full of hyperbole, misrepresentations, anddownright inaccuracies. Considering the real events of the time,there are several distortions created in the book. The reader isprompted to think that the author left some information out onpurpose. These views are in light of the people who have read much ofAmerican history. The creative writing aspect does not meet theexpectations portrayed by this book. Readers lose interest due to theexaggerated events.

Asa reader, it feels that the presentation of history in the tone usedby the reader does not capture the value associated with history. Theauthor was not able to distinguish the value tales for children assupported by the strong moral message. The book becomes flat in mostinstances and offers inaccurate historical events. For instance,where the author explains the cause of the French and Indian warevents are inaccurate. Espionage history is presented in anirresponsible manner considering the book is meant to educate.Including fictional characters raises issues of poor qualitynarrative in the field of history.

Mostof the information the author used is found in history journals. Aside by side comparison indicates that the book borrowed much of theideas from Rose’s book. The idea of Washington spies was liftedfrom primary sources. Alexander Rose was a historian from his earlylife. He has written journals and books on different historicalevents. The book has cited Andrea Meyer and John Burke for theirideas on developing ‘Agent 355’.

Anothersource of the book’s content appears in the work of the twomentioned authors above. They made an article about the Culpers inthe New York state Archive in theFall of 2009. The dramaticactivities of ‘Agent 355` were stated in the article. Nonetheless,there were no footnotes or references that substantiated claims ofher existence. Another source is the journal article developed byBrad Meltzer. His work was decoded the ‘president’s inner circle’

OverallImpressions of the Monograph and its Effectiveness

Themonograph has stipulated on the major successes of the book. Forinstance, it offers an insight of how British forces occupiedAmerica. They occupied New York City and made it a stronghold oftheir operation. The book is also clear on giving a historicalnarrative of events that lead to George Washington recapturing thecity. It is advantaged by the fact that it fits into a dramatic andnarrative yet a historical depiction.

Onthe other hand, the monologue has offered several short comings ofthe book. For instance, the reader is prompted to think that theauthor left some information out on purpose. These views are in lightof the people who have read much of American history. The creativewriting aspect does not meet the expectations portrayed by this book.Readers lose interest due to the exaggerated events. As a reader, itfeels that the presentation of history in the tone used by the readerdoes not capture the value associated with history.


Kilmeade,Brian and Don Yaeger. GeorgeWashington`s Secret Six.1st ed. Print.