The First Conspiracy (Young Reader's Edition): The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

The First Conspiracy (Young Reader's Edition): The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

by Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch

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#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.


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250244833
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Edition description: Young Reader's ed.
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 194,421
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, Heroes for my Son, and Heroes for My Daughter as well as several other bestselling thrillers. He is also the author of the phenomenally popular I Am series for young readers. He lives in Florida with his wife and three children.



Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University

Table of Contents

Author's Note vi

Notes on the Text viii

Prologue-New York, New York, April 1776 1

Part I The Commander 5

Part II Spies in Boston 36

Part III A Bloody Summer 100

Part IV A Most Infernal Plot 175

Part V Sacricide 245

Part VI Aftermath 288

Acknowledgments 314

Cast of Characters 318

Notes 320

Selected Bibliography 341

Index 347

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