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Unlikely allies : how a merchant, a playwright, and a spy saved the American Revolution

Author: Joel R Paul
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.
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Unlikely Allies is the gripping true story of how three remarkable people used espionage, betrayal, and deception to help win the American Revolution. Silas Deane was a successful Connecticut merchant and a member of the Continental Congress who in 1776 was sent to France to persuade the king to support the colonists in their struggle with Britain. Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a successful playwright
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Named Person: Silas Deane; Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais; Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d' Eon de Beaumont
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel R Paul
ISBN: 9781594488832 1594488835
OCLC Number: 311778242
Description: 405 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The merchant --
The playwright --
The spy --
Blackmail --
Figaro --
Ticonderoga --
The chevalier --
The chevalier's ghost --
The judge --
The Lord Mayor --
The foreign minister --
A secret liaison --
An improbable emissary --
The dinner party --
The Middle Temple conspiracy --
The bet --
The King must decide --
The British are watching --
The foreign minister winks --
The counterspy --
A tangled web --
The Declaration goes missing --
The French officers --
The saboteur --
Invisible ink --
Odd man out --
The Ohio Company --
Turtle's progress --
Message in a bottle --
Madame d'Eon's Trousseau --
A little revenge --
Betrayed --
To oppose a torrent is madness --
Safety lies in silence --
The snuffbox --
The deceits of the human heart --
The cross.
Responsibility: Joel Richard Paul.
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Unlikely Allies is the gripping true story of how three remarkable people used espionage, betrayal, and deception to help win the American Revolution. Silas Deane was a successful Connecticut merchant and a member of the Continental Congress who in 1776 was sent to France to persuade the king to support the colonists in their struggle with Britain. Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a successful playwright who had access to the arms, ammunition, and other supplies that Deane and the Continental Army desperately needed. And the Chevalier d'Eon was a diplomat and sometime spy for the French king who became an unwitting catalyst to a crisis that persuaded the French to arm the Americans. These three were at the heart of a monumental power struggle between Britain and France, with the outcome of the War of American Independence hanging in the balance. All three had their own reasons for wanting to see America triumph over the British, and all three contended with the certainty that they could trust no one. Their stories spin a fascinating web of political intrigue that stretches across oceans, from Versailles to London to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. - Jacket flap.

Documents the machinations of three individuals in their efforts to win the American Revolution, tracing their applications of espionage to smuggle weapons and supplies while spinning a web of international political intrigue.

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