Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch’s The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Overview: We have all heard of how, when the Continental Congress declared America’s independence from Great Britain, George Washington was elected to lead our army to victory. But have you heard the whole story? Including the potential assassination attempt? You will now.

Story Telling: This is a novel, but it’s also a non-fiction book. Depending on the author, and reader, the combination can make for an enjoyable read.

Dislikes: My only problem was the fact that Mr. Meltzer and Mr. Mensch came out and called many of our militia men ignorant, or illiterate. This was not the case, at least not from what my reading partner and I’ve been able to learn. Unless you were the unfortunate child of the rare parent who had to be the smartest person in the family, then you were well educated. The average graduating age from grade school, the 12th grade today, was twelve. And one of the requirements to graduate was the ability to read and understand Latin. These men were not idiots, not by a long shot.

Likes: It was fascinating to see how the Founding Generation handled the stress of the upcoming battles.

John Jay obviously was a lot more than a powerful lawyer, and Chief Supreme Court Justice. This guy was big on law enforcement.

Favorite Character: If I can’t pick George Washington, then I’m picking John Jay.

Favorite Quote: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” You get bonus points if you recognize the quote without reading the novel.

Favorite Scene: We got two of them. The first comes with General Washington ended the fight between two different militia groups.

The second one is what happens to the statue of King George III.

Conclusion: This was a great read. Enjoy it for the pacing, and the story telling. You might just learn something as well.


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