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Spies, Patriots, and Traitors

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Table of Contents

Preface 1. George Washington Learns the Intelligence Trade 2. The United Front Campaign That Led to the American Revolution 3. The Intelligence War Begins 4. Covert Action in Europe Leading to the French Alliance 5. Nathan Hale and the British Occupation of New York City 6. John Jay's Efforts at Counterintelligence 7. Washington Establishes His Intelligence Capabilities 8. Benedict Arnold: Hero Turned Traitor 9. American Intelligence Activities Reach Maturity 10. Nathanael Greene and Intelligence in the Southern Campaign 11. Yorktown and the Endgame 12. The African American Role in American Intelligence Activities 13. Conclusion Appendix: Timeline of Revolution Era Events Notes Glossary of Tradecraft Terms Bibliography Index

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"Ken Daigler's well documented and researched study demonstrates how integral the panoply of intelligence disciplines -- obtaining secrets from spies, covert action, and counterintelligence -- was to the conflict that won American independence. From his unique perspective as a professional intelligence officer, he provides new insights into well known stories of the Revolution and also sheds light on the role of intelligence in rarely treated events. The book is an essential read for anyone interested in the Revolutionary War and in the origins and development of intelligence in US history." -- Michael Sulick, retired CIA intelligence operations officer, former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, and author of Spying in America and American Spies. " Spies, Patriots, and Traitors is the most comprehensive book yet on American intelligence activities in the War of Independence. Kenneth Daigler's fascinating work of synthesis and original research makes a valuable contribution to the study of the American Revolution." -- Steven Siry, professor of history, Baldwin Wallace University

About the Author

Kenneth A. Daigler is a retired career CIA operations officer. He has a BA in History from Centre College of Kentucky, an MA in History from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and served in the US Marine Corps. He has written articles about intelligence for the CIA Historical Division's journal Studies in Intelligence, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers' Intelligencer, and other publications.


"An interesting history and useful textbook. As a history, it is impressive in both scholarship and readability." -- National Intelligence Professionals "Even those familiar with the broad outlines of his story will find professional insights beyond the knowledge of academic historians... perhaps the best you are going to find on the birth of American intelligence." -- The Washington Times "There have been a few books on this subject in recent decades but none have the breadth and scope of this one. And none are as well documented and written. Daigler reaches across the panoply of espionage activity and paints the big picture while diving deep in areas that are bound to fascinate the reader... One of the many things that sets this work apart from others like it is the author's personal experience in the trade of espionage. He draws from that to analyze many of the cases and he explains the aspects of espionage that have remained eternal: planning, security and communications." -- Yankee Doodle Spies series "A great read on the American Revolution, particularly if, like me, you are not well versed in its details, as well as its geographic and political sweep. And for those of us in CI, it serves as a source of object lessons in how to do things well, and what mistakes to avoid." -- John McGonagle, Proactive Intelligence "Provides a good review of intelligence in the Revolutionary War as viewed by a professional." -- Hayden Peake, Studies in Intelligence

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