The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer

The First Conspiracy

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 W...

Details The First Conspiracy

TitleThe First Conspiracy
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, Historical, War, Military Fiction

Reviews The First Conspiracy

  • Brad Meltzer
    Loved it. Duh.
  • Cherei
    Totally enjoyed reading The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer. My husband's side of the family is related via George Washington's eldest brother. It was pure delight to read about their relationship and how his brother helped George form the firm moral compass. Knowing right from wrong. Knowing that man should do what is right not for personal gain but simply because it's the right thing to do. A trait th...
  • W. Whalin
    Unusual Story About George Washington and Early US HistoryI’ve read a number of Brad Meltzer novels and have enjoyed them. For THE FIRST CONSPIRACY, Meltzer teams with Josh Mensch and writes history about the early days of America. This book held my attention from beginning to end but it was definitely different than the Meltzer novels. Tbis history book enlightens readers about the origins of America’s counterintelligence and a previously un...
  • Stephanie Hall
    ARC sent to me by Flatiron Books.Actually did not finish this, but it is the end of the year and I can't bring myself to continue reading a book that is so hard for me to read without throwing it down every page or so in frustration. I will say, I'm still very interesting in the subject. The writing style of Meltzer and Mensch just DID NOT work for me at all. Let's talk about why I stopped reading this at page 81.1. Is this book seriously markete...
  • Dustin
    While the story itself is compelling and dramatic enough, Meltzer's buid-up to the conspiracy is really what makes this book so enjoyable. Particularly the story of the Long Island counterfeiters finding themselves wrapped up in the plot.
  • Liz
    What a story! I've been enjoying Brad Meltzer's books for years but this is the best of them all. Who knew that a tale of a secret plot against George Washington could be so riveting. This is an easy-to-read, engrossing story that reveals much about the early years of the American revolution. A solid recommend!I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
  • Natalie
    Release date - 1/2/2019This was an absolutely fascinating read! It read like a spy novel with many twists and turns, and it was crazy to think that the events I was reading about actually happened. I had no idea that there was a plot against George Washington even before the Declaration of Independence was signed, or that Washington was the creator of what we know as counterintelligence today. I am not someone who normally gravitates to nonfictio...
  • Steve
    A interesting book as well as an intriguing and unknown piece of history, until now. This book reminds me of a page turning thriller filled with spies and traitors. During the American Revolution in 1776, an elite group of soldiers from the Continental Army were handpicked to serve as Washington's bodyguards. Unknown to Washington, some of the guards as well as the Governor and Mayor of New York planned a deadly scheme to kill George Washington. ...
  • Nathan Albright
    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Flatiron Books courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]This book can best be considered as a historical mystery.  While I would have liked to have seen the footnotes, they were not provided in this copy, but rest assured that they provide some fascinating reading that the authors have uncovered in this fast-paced and dramatic volume.  Coming in at about 400 page...
  • David
    Set in the turbulent months of 1776 after George Washington is given command of the Continental army and before the mighty British army arrives in the colonies to put down the rebellion, this fascinating book tells the tale of dastardly plots, treason and the beginnings of the Intelligence service. An enjoyable and satisfying read for all.
  • Fredrick Danysh
    A nice historical read about an assassination attempt on George Washington during the American Revolution which also discusses the intelligence gathering and counter-intelligence efforts of both the British and the colonists. Well worth reading. This was a free advance read copy obtained through I would buy the book if I didn't have this copy.
  • Brenda Ayala
    I love this book for teaching me a new facet of US history that I wasn’t aware of, and it’s written in a simple style that will make even the most hesitant readers feel at ease. It felt a little too forced in some places though. A lot of references to things that can only be assumed or guessed at, but not proven. The authors did a good job of presenting the most likely scenario for various bits, but ultimately we don’t know the answers and ...
  • Darcy
    I clicked on this one when it showed up on my library's website, not really sure what it was about, no clue at all that it was non-fiction. As the book went on it seemed crazy, that it should have been a "historical fiction" take events. It does make a person wonder, how would the world have changed if they were successful. I also can't imagine how Washington felt as he was betrayed by those so close to him.
  • Patricia
    THE FIRST CONSPIRACY is an interesting read; I learned quite a lot of information which I was previously unaware. I only wish this book had included the entire war.
  • Tracey
    "This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed."This is only my second history of the making of America. The first was Hamilton's wife, which gave me a glimpse of Washington. I was quite excited to learn of Meltzer's new book about Washington! *I did win this through Goodreads, and it is an advance reading copy. It comes out January 2019.This book is easy to read with no slow parts. I did not like history in school, especially Amer...
  • Brian
    **Minor Spoilers**If you are reading this I believe you likely understand the general premise of the book so not going to rehash. I also write reviews when procrastinating at work so my time, thus this review, is limited in scope. First off, the title of the book is absolutely misleading which summarize the general style of the author. When I hear "assassination attempt" I think of one person taking direct and immediate action that would result i...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Summary: An exciting story with occasional fun historical details, but sometimes melodramatic and a bit light."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 Tr...
  • Karen Parisot
    The fledgling country had so much going against it as it struggled for independence from the militarily superior British. And the country is divided, the loyalists or Tories on one side and the revolutionaries on the other. It is a wonder it all didn’t go awry for George Washington’s Continental Army as they had to deal with shortages of every kind, and then there were the plots. Not only from without, but also from within their own ranks. Pe...
  • Debbi DuBose
    This narrative retelling of the history of the beginning of American intelligence and, also, counterintelligence, is a riveting account; and a thoroughly enjoyable and informative read! The chapters are short and to the point encouraging me to keep reading. George Washington, Commander of the American Continental Army, realized the need for intelligence in 1776, when a plot masterminded by the former Governor Tryon of New York, was discovered. In...
  • Hope
    I received an uncorrected advance reader copy as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I’ve been entering giveaways for over five years and finally got lucky, so I can assure you that real people win.Pros: Written in an engaging, modern style and divided in to 80+ brief chapters, The First Conspiracy is a propulsive read. It tells a story that I’d never heard before despite growing up in George Washington’s home state and taking at least three year...
  • Darla
    The early days of the Revolutionary War are revealed to us in the style of a mystery thriller. With short chapters and little known details, Meltzer keeps our attention and shows us how crucial George Washington was to the beginning of our nation. Much of this narrative takes place before the Declaration of Independence was signed and it is a miracle that the fledgling army weathered the hardships, conspiracies and threat of the massive British a...
  • Joseph J.
    Won in a Goodreads Giveaway. Clandestine operations. Undermining a leader. Conspiratorial actions and the arrest of alleged ringleaders. Some in turn bargain for a lighter sentence in return for important information. Sound familiar? This is 1775-1776, and the leader of the fledgling nation's military is George Washington and, SURPRISE! George wasn't always first in the hearts of his countrymen. This page turner-a literal page turner-tells of a p...
  • Gail
    It's hard to believe all the five-star reviews here. I found the writing to be irritating as it's definitely not for adults, but for elementary school children. Everything is overly simplistic, repetitious, and sensationalized. Somehow I stuck with it to the end even though it annoyed me. I have never read any other Brad Meltzer book and if he wrote them all like this one then I have no intention of reading them.
  • Joann Amidon
    The historical facts presented in this book are worth reading about and I was happy to learn new facts as well as remember some I knew. However, the writing is so inferior I can only rate the book with one star.
  • Monica
    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion.It's Brad Meltzer's first attempt at Non-fiction. He takes a look at a little known conspiracy at the start of the Revolutionary War. The Conspiracy is to kill George Washington. Meltzer researches how one person could have changed the history of the United States. It's unimaginable to think what would have happened if the Conspiracy had been accomplished. You will learn of leaders, liars, counterfe...
  • Susan McGrath
    I received an Advance Reading Copy of The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and John Mensch from the publisher (Flatiron Books) in exchange for an honest review. The First Conspiracy is scheduled for release on January 8, 2019.The First Conspiracy is not a novel, it is a glimpse into a piece of history. We are dropped into the months leading up to the Declaration of Independence and the war that it launches. The focus of this history is a group of...
  • Andrea
    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book MobileThe First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot Against George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch was an outstanding read about a historical happening . This one won't be released until January 2019 (I read it as an ARC from Flatiron Books), and y'all will want to add this one to your to-read list now. This was nonfiction that read like a thriller which is a rare feat. It was a book that I asked m...
  • North Landesman
    Good stuff. 4.5 stars. Well written and researched. Fun to read, and I learned something. One impotant thing to know: this is about the 1776 plot in NYC to kill/capture Washington, not the 1781 Newburgh Conspiracy. I learned something new in reading this book. A good insight into loyalists and the many ways the British fought against Washington.Highly reccomended for anyone interested in the Revolutionary War.
  • Carin
    Since I've moved to New Jersey, I've been reading a heck of a lot more books on the Revolutionary War than I ever did before, and not just because of Hamilton. The topic of this book really intrigued me, but I knew it was written in a style I wasn't so sure about, but I gave it a try. And it was fun!It's about a conspiracy by British Governor Tryon (yes, my North Carolina friends, the same guy your streets are named for) to turn American colonist...
  • Liz Alexander
    I listened to the Audible version of this book and enjoyed it immensely...who knew that such a plot had existed while the fledgling colonies were trying to organize themselves into becoming the United States of America?Aside from anything else, it just goes to show how the accepted wisdom on historical matters is often wrong. This certainly was not a straightforward battle between "David" (the colonial forces) and "Goliath" (the might of the Brit...