Edward Bancroft: Scientist, Author, Spy
The first complete biography of a little-known but fascinating figure in the history of espionage and the American Revolution
In this book, the first complete biography of Bancroft, historian Thomas J. Schaeper reveals the full extent of the agent's deception during the crucial years of the American Revolution. Operating under aliases, working in ciphers, and leaving coded messages in the trees of Paris's Tuileries Gardens, Bancroft filtered information from unsuspecting figures including Franklin and Deane back to his contacts in Britain, navigating a complicated web of political allegiances. Through Schaeper's keen analysis of Bancroft's correspondence and diplomatic records, this biography reveals whether Bancroft should ultimately be considered a traitor to America or a patriot to Britain.
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CHAPTER ONE Early Life
CHAPTER TWO On the Rise in London
CHAPTER THREE Initiation in Covert Activity
CHAPTER FOUR First Steps
CHAPTER FIVE Our Man in Paris
CHAPTER SIX The FrancoAmerican Alliance
CHAPTER SEVEN Gauging Bancrofts Role
CHAPTER EIGHT In for the Long Haul 17781783
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