|Published by Georgetown University Press|
To paraphrase the most interesting man in the world... I don't often do book reviews in the Yankee Doodle Spies blog but when I do it's on a great book with importance on the course of the American Revolution from a military intelligence perspective. This new book made the cut in spades.
Kenneth Daigler spent a career as a CIA officer where he learned the craft of espionage first hand. In his latest book, Spies, Patriots and Traitors, he reveals some of the nation's darkest espionage secrets. But they are secrets that have perplexed historians for over 200 years: Secrets of the American Revolution. There have been a few books on this subject in recent decades but none have the breadth and scope of this one. And none are as well documented and written. Daigler reaches across the panoply of espionage activity and paints the big picture while diving deep in areas that are bound to fascinate the reader. He begins in the beginning - demonstrating that even the political agitation that preceded armed rebellion had an intelligence component to it. In a sense, he paints the picture of a nation born of secrecy and secret activities.
A Case Officer's Perspective on the Two Big Cases
Lesser Known Spies
Did intelligence win the war for American independence?
The author ends with a discussion of that topic. And one must draw the conclusion that intelligence played a highly significant role in America's survival in the early years of the war and its triumph at the end. This is not to say that British intelligence was bad. They had excellent global coverage of American interests and their Loyalist allies provided ready-made pools of agents, some already organized into cells. But their leadership failed to take advantage of the situation. In contrast, George Washington clearly developed, over the course of an eight year long war, the ability to use intelligence and counterintelligence more wisely than the British high command. And that made all the difference.
|George Washington the Spymaster|
I wish I had this book when I started writing the Yankee Doodle Spies novels several years back. Now that it is out, it provides an excellent non-fiction companion book for those reading the series. You'll find many of the events and persons through the fictional persons and actions in the Yankee Doodle Spies series, and of course many historic persons and events as well.
I give this very excellent work Four Tri-cornered Hats!