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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, traitors?and 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 leadership?and 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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Genre: History
Author: Brad Meltzer
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release: 2019-01-08
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250130341

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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.

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Genre: History
Author: Brad Meltzer
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release: 2020-01-07
File: 432 Pages
ISBN-13: 1250257670

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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, traitors?and 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 leadership?and 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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Genre: History
Author: Brad Meltzer
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release: 2020-10-27
File: 544 Pages
ISBN-13: 1250755867

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer unravels the truth behind the secret assassination attempt on George Washington and how the plot helped create the CIA and the FBI in this young reader's adaptation for younger audiences. 1776. The early days of the Revolutionary War. It supposedly began with Thomas Hickey, a private in the Continental Army, and New York governor William Tryon. In an astonishing power grab, they plotted to kill Hickey's boss: a man by the name of George Washington. In the end, Hickey was caught, brought to trial, and found guilty. It would seem he became the first person in the new nation to be executed for treason. But to this day, nobody knows for sure if this story is true. In The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer sheds light on the close-kept secrets and compelling details surrounding this story and exposes the history of how the assassination plot catalyzed the creation of the CIA and FBI. This page-turning investigation offers young readers an in-depth look at the facts and remaining questions that surround this contested historical event.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Brad Meltzer
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release: 2020-01-07
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250244826

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The bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on President Lincoln Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, but few are aware of the original conspiracy to kill him four years earlier in 1861, literally on his way to Washington, D.C., for his first inauguration. The conspirators were part of a pro-Southern secret society that didn’t want an antislavery President in the White House. They planned an elaborate scheme to assassinate the brand new President in Baltimore as Lincoln’s inauguration train passed through en route to the Capitol. The plot was investigated by famed detective Allan Pinkerton, who infiltrated the group with undercover agents, including one of the first female private detectives in America. Had the assassination succeeded, there would have been no Lincoln Presidency, and the course of the Civil War and American history would have forever been altered.

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Genre: History
Author: Brad Meltzer
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release: 2020-05-05
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250317483

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JFK, Karl Marx, the Pope, Aristotle Onassis, Queen Elizabeth II, Howard Hughes, Fox Mulder, Bill Clinton -- all have been linked to vastly complicated global (or even galactic) intrigues. In this enlightening tour of conspiracy theories, Mark Fenster guides readers through this shadowy world and analyzes its complex role in American culture and politics. Fenster argues that conspiracy theories are a form of popular political interpretation and contends that understanding how they circulate through mass culture helps us better understand our society as a whole. To that end, he discusses Richard Hofstadter's The Paranoid Style in American Politics, the militia movement, The X-Files, popular Christian apocalyptic thought, and such artifacts of suspicion as The Turner Diaries, the Illuminatus! trilogy, and the novels of Richard Condon. Fenster analyzes the "conspiracy community" of radio shows, magazine and book publishers, Internet resources, and role-playing games that promote these theories. In this world, the very denial of a conspiracy's existence becomes proof that it exists, and the truth is always "out there." He believes conspiracy theory has become a thrill for a bored subculture, one characterized by its members' reinterpretation of "accepted" history, their deep cynicism about contemporary politics, and their longing for a utopian future. Fenster's progressive critique of conspiracy theories both recognizes the secrecy and inequities of power in contemporary politics and economics and works toward effective political engagement. Probing conspiracy theory's tendencies toward scapegoating, racism, and fascism, as well as Hofstadter's centrist acceptance of a postwar American"consensus, " he advocates what conspiracy theory wants but cannot articulate: a more inclusive, engaging political culture.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Mark Fenster
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
Release: 1999
File: 282 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780816632428

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NOTE: This is a summary guide and is meant as a companion to, not a replacement for, the original book.Please follow this link to purchase a copy of the original book: https: //amzn.to/2XFQuoJ THE BOOK: Thе Fіrѕt Conspiracy еxрlоrеѕ the ѕhосkіng plan оf 1776 to kіdnар аnd possibly murdеr Gеоrgе Wаѕhіngtоn. Wаѕhіngtоn was not yet рrеѕіdеnt of thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ, but gеnеrаl оf thе army оf thе соlоnіеѕ. Uѕіng аnесdоtеѕ аnd fascinating реrѕресtіvеѕ of thіѕ period оf hіѕtоrу, these flickerings еxаmіnе thе ѕuѕрісіоnѕ, the uncertainty аnd thе bеtrауаlѕ іn the реrіоd before thе War оf Indереndеnсе.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brаd Meltzer іѕ аn Amеrісаn wrіtеr аnd thе bеѕt-ѕеllіng аuthоr of Thе Escape Artіѕt (2018). He hаѕ been nаmеd bу the Hоllуwооd Rероrtеr аѕ оnе оf the "Mоѕt Pоwеrful Hollywood Authоrѕ," аnd еасh of hіѕ thrіllеrѕ hаѕ арреаrеd оn thе Nеw Yоrk Tіmеѕ bеѕtѕеllеr lіѕt. Jоѕh Mensch іѕ аn аuthоr and dосumеntаrу maker whоѕе work dеаlѕ wіth thе сulturе аnd hіѕtоrу оf thе United Stаtеѕ. Hе hаѕ wrіttеn, dіrесtеd аnd рrоduсеd acclaimed tеlеvіѕіоn ѕеrіеѕ fоr PBS, Thе Hіѕtоrу Chаnnеl аnd Nаtіоnаl Geographic. INTRODUCTION: Hоw much dо you knоw about the events lеаdіng uр tо the bіrth of thе Amеrісаn nаtіоn? Chаnсеѕ are уоu hаvеn't bееn gіvеn thе full ѕtоrу, but rather hаvе gotten ѕnірреtѕ of hеrоіс tales оr еvеntѕ lіkе the Bоѕtоn Tea Party. But nоw, fоr thе fіrѕt tіmе, уоu'll dіѕсоvеr thе true ѕtоrу behind one of thе mоѕt shocking сhарtеrѕ in thіѕ еrа of hіѕtоrу the plot to assassinate George Washington, then-general оf thе continental army аnd futurе first рrеѕіdеnt оf the Unіtеd States of America. Rерlеtе wіth a cast оf heroic frееdоm fighters, vіllаіnѕ аnd trаіtоrоuѕ turnсоаtѕ, thіѕ іѕ one еріс wаr story уоu wоn't wаnt to mіѕѕ. Yоu'll gо оn a jоurnеу tо discover thе сіrсumѕtаnсеѕ under whісh Gеоrgе Wаѕhіngtоn was elected tо lеаd thе nascent nation's fіrѕt-еvеr аrmу, and lеаrn аbоut thе сhаllеngеѕ he fасеd durіng hіѕ fіrѕt уеаr іn соmmаnd. In thіѕ drаmаtіс rеtеllіng оf true events, уоu'll get a fееl fоr thе risks, brutality аnd animosity оf this crucial period іn American history, and glіmрѕе the brutаl rеаlіtу оf colonial lіfе under Brіtіѕh rule. Rеаd оn to dіѕсоvеr -Why Gеоrgе Wаѕhіngtоn was еlесtеd gеnеrаl оf thе new соntіnеntаl army; -Whісh brutal Brіtіѕh Lоуаlіѕt аlmоѕt thwаrtеd hіm; and -How Wаѕhіngtоn dеаlt wіth thоѕе who bеtrауеd hіm

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Genre: Study Aids
Author: Cityprint
Publisher: Independently Published
Release: 2019-03-07
File: 28 Pages
ISBN-13: 1799025853

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Examines the circumstantial evidence of a plot to kill President-elect Lincoln in Baltimore, including the plot's discovery, possible conspirators, and how the incident tarnished Lincoln's reputation and ultimately led to his death.

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Genre: History
Author: Michael J. Kline
Publisher: Westholme Pub Llc
Release: 2008
File: 520 Pages
ISBN-13: 1594160716

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Conspiracy theories are inevitable in complex human societies. And while they have always been with us, their ubiquity in our political discourse is nearly unprecedented. Their salience has increased for a variety of reasons including the increasing access to information among ordinary people, a pervasive sense of powerlessness among those same people, and a widespread distrust of elites. Working in combination, these factors and many other factors are now propelling conspiracy theories into our public sphere on a vast scale. In recent years, scholars have begun to study this genuinely important phenomenon in a concerted way. In Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them, Joseph E. Uscinski has gathered forty top researchers on the topic to provide both the foundational tools and the evidence to better understand conspiracy theories in the United States and around the world. Each chapter is informed by three core questions: Why do so many people believe in conspiracy theories? What are the effects of such theories when they take hold in the public? What can or should be done about the phenomenon? Combining systematic analysis and cutting-edge empirical research, this volume will help us better understand an extremely important, yet relatively neglected, phenomenon.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Joseph E. Uscinski
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2018-10-16
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780190844103

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An NPR Book Concierge Best Book of 2018! A stunning story about how power works in the modern age--the book the New York Times called "one helluva page-turner" and The Sunday Times of London celebrated as "riveting...an astonishing modern media conspiracy that is a fantastic read." Pick up the book everyone is talking about. In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private. This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker's CEO and founder, out of a job. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental--it had been masterminded by Thiel. For years, Thiel had searched endlessly for a solution to what he'd come to call the "Gawker Problem." When an unmarked envelope delivered an illegally recorded sex tape of Hogan with his best friend's wife, Gawker had seen the chance for millions of pageviews and to say the things that others were afraid to say. Thiel saw their publication of the tape as the opportunity he was looking for. He would come to pit Hogan against Gawker in a multi-year proxy war through the Florida legal system, while Gawker remained confidently convinced they would prevail as they had over so many other lawsuit--until it was too late. The verdict would stun the world and so would Peter's ultimate unmasking as the man who had set it all in motion. Why had he done this? How had no one discovered it? What would this mean--for the First Amendment? For privacy? For culture? In Holiday's masterful telling of this nearly unbelievable conspiracy, informed by interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious--and successful--secret plots in recent memory. Some will cheer Gawker's destruction and others will lament it, but after reading these pages--and seeing the access the author was given--no one will deny that there is something ruthless and brilliant about Peter Thiel's shocking attempt to shake up the world.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Ryan Holiday
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2018-02-27
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780735217669

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