Author John Nagy Discusses His New Book, "Spies in the Continental Capital"

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Who needs James Bond? We will have John Nagy discussing and autographing his newest book which covers the critical role of British, French, and American intelligence operations in Philadelphia and colonial Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia played a key role in the history of spying during the American Revolution because it was the main location for the Continental Congress, was occupied by the British Command, and then returned to Continental control. Philadelphia became a center of spies for the British and Americans—as well as double agents. George Washington was a firm believer in reliable military intelligence; when the British took over Philadelphia, Washington was able to keep abreast of British troop strengths and intentions. Likewise, the British used the large Loyalist community around Philadelphia to assess the abilities of their Continental foes, as well as the resolve of Congress.

In addition to describing techniques used by spies and specific events, Nagy has scoured rare primary source documents to provide new and compelling information about some of the most notable agents of the war, such as Lydia Darragh, a celebrated American spy.

Spies in the Continental Capital demonstrates that intelligence operations on both sides emanating from Pennsylvania were vast, well-designed, and critical to understanding the course and outcome of the war.

Award-winning historian, John A. Nagy is scholar-in-residence at St. Francis University, Pennsylvania, and an expert on eighteenth-century documents and espionage. He is also the author of “Rebellion in the Ranks: Mutinies of the American Revolution” and “Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution”.

Mr. Nagy's book will be available for purchase (cash or check only). Light refreshments will also be served.


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