Brad Meltzer’s first nonfiction book tracks the secret plot against George Washington

This is arguably our most famous president and one of the most important eras in American history, and yet this is a little-known aspect of the Revolutionary War and birth of our nation. I don’t think people are prepared for how amazing Washington truly was when someone took a real shot at him. I remember historian Joseph Ellis telling me, “I don’t know if you’ll find anything, but it’ll be a wild search.” And every time we found a new detail, it was like we’d unearthed a new detail from George Washington’s life. MELTZER: It was a real-life treasure hunt, which is why I decided to work with Josh Mensch, our writer and executive producer from Lost History. 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 Washington himself. From the start, we knew we’d be digging at something that was purposefully kept secret. In fact, I actually used it back in 2015 in my book The President’s Shadow; it was a quick mention in there, a throwaway detail that talks about the plot against George Washington. Fans are still buzzing about Brad Meltzer for his new, no. I kept going back to the detail and asking, “What else happened? That was something that wasn’t a tiny detail. It traces “the secret plot against George Washington and the birth of American counterintelligence.” Here’s the official synopsis: “In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. 1 New York Times best-seller, but the author is gearing up for the release of another exciting title: The First Conspiracy. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. That was something that needed its own full book. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington ― and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War.”
Meltzer and Mensch have revealed the cover for The First Conspiracy exclusively to EW, and Meltzer previewed the book. MELTZER: I found it nearly a decade ago while researching one of my thrillers. Washington trusted them; relied on them. Sure, I’d used the Lincoln assassination in one of the books, or the secret code Thomas Jefferson used to use when he was president in another… All my thrillers play with arcane and amazing details from history. What was it like to dig into a piece of history that’s so shrouded in mystery? Check it out below, and pre-order the book ahead of its Jan. This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. 8, 2019 release here. Why doesn’t anyone know this story?” I just wanted to know more. But a secret plot to kill George Washington? Co-written with Josh Mensch, the book marks Meltzer’s nonfiction debut. How did you first hear about this conspiracy? ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First, why did you wait 20 years before writing your first in-depth work of nonfiction?BRAD MELTZER: I never had a story that was good enough. But I just couldn’t shake it.

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