Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

"Wahington's Spies"

I took a slight detour from my reading of classic fiction to the realm of non-fiction. The book is the basis for the t.v. series "Turn" which is on AMC and one of my recent favorites. The show is a historical drama based on the findings of the book. The characters are based on real life people during the late 1770's as the Revolutionary War raged in New York and Connecticut. It was supposedly the first time that there was an organized spy ring in the US which provided information to Washington. Of course the show takes lots of liberties by adding lots of drama and romance that may or (more likely) may not have happened. The book provides a lot of historical insight into what was happening during that time. We all know that Benedict Arnold was a traitor, but what led up to his switching sides and what happened around him and after his betrayal. It seems that we all know a lot of "broad brush" history, but the really interesting stuff is in the details. I suppose the book is worth a read. It's not the clearest or easiest to understand, IMO, especially with all of the names and places, but it's still fascinating stuff. If you're a fan of the show, like I am, it helps fill in some of the background which perhaps makes things make more sense.
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