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Daigler surveys the history of American espionage and covert activities during the era of the American Revolution, from 1765 to 1785. The author's main goal is to educate the general reader about how intelligence activities played a critical role both in the formation of the independence movement and in supporting American military and diplomatic efforts in the colonies and abroad. The work is based on a combination of research in secondary and primary sources. The author's own intelligence experience allows him to highlight tradecraft and how many of the principles of intelligence then are still relevant today. Daigler covers the intelligence activities of famous figures such as Samuel Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Nathan Hale, John Jay, and Benedict Arnold. He also examines the important role of intelligence in key theaters of military operations, such as Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. This fascinating work adds a new dimension to our understanding of the American Revolution.

About the Author

Kenneth A. Daigler is a retired career CIA operations officer. He has a BA in history from Centre College of Kentucky and an MA in history from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and has 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781626162587
ISBN-10: 1626162581
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication Date: March 16th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English