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When we learned about George Washington in school, we were taught the basics: He was the first president, he wore a powdered white wig, and he was rumored to have cut down a cherry tree not true, by the way. We're reminded of his everlasting influence when we grip one dollar bills or feed quarters into vending machines. These informative and eye-opening George Washington books will challenge what you think you know about him and the legacy that he left for the United States. Washington is often viewed as being above moral reproach. Brookhiser divided his book into concise sections: career, character, founding father, death.
It was the opening overture of the Revolutionary War. Boston had ditched its tea, Thomas Jefferson was finishing up the Declaration of Independence, and George Washington had brought the ragtag Continental Army to New York, where a British invasion was expected at any moment. And if all went as New York's governor planned, Washington would soon be dead. That's according to thriller writer Brad Meltzer, who, with Josh Mensch, has written his first nonfiction book, "The First Conspiracy," about a little-known plot to assassinate the commander-in-chief. It's not the real story. There was no polling data then, but historians estimate that in the summer of , about one in five white colonists were loyal to the king.
The transcript of the interview below is slightly edited for clarity. How, when, and where did you come across a plot to have George Washington killed? Brad Meltzer: The best stories, especially the real stories, are always found in one place, and it's the footnotes. Almost a decade ago, I was going through the footnotes doing research on George Washington, for one of the thrillers. And I found this footnote that talked about a plot to kill George Washington during the Revolutionary War. And I remember stopping on it.
by Ron Chernow
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