The First Conspiracy (Young Reader's Edition)
#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.

The First Conspiracy (Young Reader's Edition) Details

TitleThe First Conspiracy (Young Reader's Edition)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
ISBN-139781250244826
Rating
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Politics, Presidents, Childrens

The First Conspiracy (Young Reader's Edition) Review

  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    Back when the Revolutionary war was first starting, and George Washington was just starting out his career as the general a secret plot was hatched to assassinate George Washington. At this time spies were not common and counter-intelligence was almost non-existence. The secret service was just starting out but they were known as Life Guards they were soldiers who’s main duty was to protect General Washington from harm. But unbeknownst to Washington, they were in on a plot to kill him instead. Back when the Revolutionary war was first starting, and George Washington was just starting out his career as the general a secret plot was hatched to assassinate George Washington. At this time spies were not common and counter-intelligence was almost non-existence. The secret service was just starting out but they were known as Life Guards they were soldiers who’s main duty was to protect General Washington from harm. But unbeknownst to Washington, they were in on a plot to kill him instead. This is that story. If I was more interested in the Revolutionary war this would have been better, but I was more interested in the conspiracy of it all. And they don't get to that till later. But I still think this would be a good read for a middle schooler/high schooler interested in the revolutionary war and especially Washington.
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  • Kendra Ivery
    January 1, 1970
    This was in interesting read. This book does an excellent job of laying out the background information of all of the key players of this conspiracy. At first I didn’t get why some of the information was important until it all came together towards the end. But, this books is more than just conspiracy. It tells the story of the birth of counterintelligence in a fledgling country during a most crucial time.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    This information/history book reads like a spy novel! The authors built suspense through cross-cutting scenes and pressing the pace of the chapters. Although I was confident Washington would survive the plot, it was engaging to watch it unfold. But for a few chance encounters it all may have gone very differently. This would be good for ambitious middle grade history lovers or YA readers.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Intelligence, cunning, and secrecy makes this well-researched investigation into plots to kill George Washington a fast paced interesting read. 1776 saw Washington wading through terrible weathers and unsanitary condition beside his army all while some used their place in the hierarchy to plot his death. Extensive notes and selected bibliography will satisfy readers quest for additional details.
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting history of espionage and the need and development of our earliest intelligence agencies.It was a bit of a choppy read, going back and forth in time and locations and characters. But all in all the history makes it well worth the read.
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  • Susan Graves
    January 1, 1970
    The First Conspiracy is a thrilling ride through history for readers of all ages. I have read the adults version of this book and really enjoyed it. This re telling is a great way to get our youngsters excited about American history. My eight year old especially enjoyed this.
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    I was so engrossed in this true novel and couldn't believe that this is true.
  • Nickie
    January 1, 1970
    I like this period of history and I learned some new things, but the book flip-flopped back and forth in time, was VERY slow, and I don't believe most young readers will enjoy reading it.
  • Tom Washington
    January 1, 1970
    George Washington was the focus of an assassination attempt by Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. This book gives an account of Washington's spy network and Benedict Arnold's betrayal.
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