George Washingtons Secret Six Essay

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"Washington did not really outfight the British, he simply outspied us!" Major George Beckwith. This book goes into detail of the six spies who never earned credit for what they deserved. The lone spy that gets credit in most class rooms is Nathaniel Hale and he was a complete failure compared to the secret six. The secret six are claimed as ordinary people doing extraordinary things. A group of five men and one woman put together by General George Washington to get important information from the British. Hale was the example of “you spy, you die”. Yet the secret six took on the challenge to help the cause of the Revolution.
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At that point in time Washington was already thought of a leader of the American Revolution and for the spies to not even to be able to shake the hand of Washington. Seeing that they were some of the most patriotic and people willing to give up their lives for the country. It is also human nature of wanting to be recognized for your work especially after the Revolution had ended. I cannot help but wonder why they never stood up and took credit or at least told the story to others themselves.
The downfall of this book and one that really made it seem not as real is the dialogue. I chose this book wanting to learn about the spies and I did indeed do that realizing the sacrifices and obstacles they had to go through in order to fulfill the duties they signed up for, but with fictional conversations throughout the book took away from their historical significance. This book just goes on to speak on how they helped the American Revolution such as keeping Benedict Arnold from giving up West Point. Going into detail of the event and historical battles that the common history nerd should already know.
To take this book to the next level I would have liked to know the thoughts of the spies and how they felt throughout the Revolution. Actual conversations or...

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