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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book Review: Spies, Patriots, and Traitors


Book Review of:
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: 
American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War
by Kenneth A. Daigler
 

 I read this book because I have read many books on the Revolutionary War era and each new one adds a new perspective or different angle on particular events or the activities of certain participants. This book by an experienced intelligence officer did that job very well. I had read a book focused on George Washington's intelligence operations in New York City, so it was especially interesting to see how Daigler reported on many of those same activities. His distinctive approach did add much to my understanding of those activities.

This book relies on both primary and secondary sources and does not purport to be a heavy academic treatment of the subject. Rather, it is a very readable overview of the subject and does this very well. For the reader who needs the summaries of military operations related to certain places and events, he provides that without burdening the narrative unnecessarily. While I would also like to have seen more details on certain operations, he saved that for future writings so as not to bog down his overview.

I highly recommend this book for readers already generally familiar with the war but interested in learning more, from this particular perspective. I hope this includes many readers.

*****This review was originally written for the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. I received an Advanced Readers copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

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