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The Spy
by James Fenimore Cooper and Wayne Franklin and Wayne Franklin


Overview - Inspired by accusations of venality leveled at the men who captured Major Andre (Benedict Arnold's co-conspirator, executed for espionage in 1780), Cooper's novel centers on Harry Birch, a common man wrongly suspected by well-born Patriots of being a spy for the British.  Read more...

 
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More About The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper; Wayne Franklin; Wayne Franklin
 
 
 
Overview
Inspired by accusations of venality leveled at the men who captured Major Andre (Benedict Arnold's co-conspirator, executed for espionage in 1780), Cooper's novel centers on Harry Birch, a common man wrongly suspected by well-born Patriots of being a spy for the British. Even George Washington, who supports Birch, misreads the man, and when Washington offers him payment for information vital to the Patriot's cause, Birch scorns the money and asserts that his action were motivated not by financial reward, but by his devotion to the fight for independence. A historical adventure tale reminiscent of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels, The Spy is also a parable of the American experience, a reminder that the nation's survival, like its Revolution, depends on judging people by their actions, not their class or reputations.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140436280
  • ISBN-10: 0140436286
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: October 1997
  • Page Count: 448
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds

Series: Penguin Classics

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