We're all familiar with George Washington: A Founding Father of America, the first President of the United States, and a man with an alleged penchant for chopping down cherry trees. But do we know the full story? In Brad Meltzer's upcoming book, The First Conspiracy, he takes readers back to 1776—when a group of elite soldiers chosen to be the general's bodyguard were actually traitorous spies. The book reveals how Washington unraveled the plot against him, as well as just how close he was to losing the Revolutionary War—not knowing who to trust. Together with Flatiron Books, The Archive is giving away 50 advance reading copies of The First Conspiracy, which will be published on January 8, 2019. Fill out the form below, and you'll be entered to win!
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About the Book
The First Conspiracy
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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Note: The sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, DC who are 18 years of age and older by November 5, 2018.