The execution of Major Andre / John Evangelist Walsh.

By: Walsh, John Evangelist, 1927-Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Palgrave, 2001Edition: 1st Palgrave edDescription: 239 p. : ill., map ; 24 cmISBN: 0312238894; 9780312238896Subject(s): André, John, 1751-1780 | Spies -- United States -- Biography | Great Britain. Army -- Biography | André, John, 1751-1780 -- Trials, litigation, etc | André, John, 1751-1780 -- Death and burial | New York (State) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Secret service | United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Secret service | Espionage, British -- United States -- History -- 18th centuryDDC classification: 973.38/6/092 | B LOC classification: E280.A5 | W35 2001Summary: British Major John André was caught and executed in 1780 for his part in Benedict Arnold's plot to surrender West Point.
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E278.A7 W26 1970 Traitorous hero; E278.A7 W54 2001 Benedict Arnold : E278.B862 C37 1999 The king's ranger : E280.A5 W35 2001 The execution of Major Andre / E285 .B88 2002 America's jubilee / E289 .U55 1975 To set a country free; E298 .B57 New light on 1776 and all that /

Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-227) and index.

British Major John André was caught and executed in 1780 for his part in Benedict Arnold's plot to surrender West Point.

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Library Journal Review

This is an excellent popular recounting of one of the most famous incidents in the American Revolution by an author whose previous works on the Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge legend (The Shadow's Rise) and the death of Edgar Allan Poe (Midnight Dreary) make him well qualified for such a book. The present volume concerns the trial and execution of Maj. John Andre, who was captured by American troops in September 1780 while en route from West Point to New York City. Andre was carrying a copy of plans hatched with Benedict Arnold for the hand-over of the fort at West Point to the British. With stern insistence, George Washington refused all appeals for clemency and ordered the execution of the young British officer. Most previous books on Andre have stressed his charming personality, sophistication, bravery, and honor. Walsh offers a different view, portraying Andre as starkly ambitious and crudely arrogant. Based on an extensive analysis of all the relevant primary sources and secondary literature, this book offers a sound and gripping account of this tragic episode. Recommended for all public libraries. T.J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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John Evangelist Walsh was born in Manhattan, New York on December 27, 1927. He enlisted in the Army and served in the infantry in Italy in the mid-1940s and as a reporter and photographer for military newspapers. When he returned home, he enrolled in Iona College, but before graduating he was hired as a reporter for The Oneonta Daily Star in upstate New York. It was the start of a career that took him to Prentice-Hall, Simon and Schuster, and Reader's Digest, where he headed condensed-book projects.

He wrote several books during his lifetime including Into My Own: The English Years of Robert Frost, This Brief Tragedy: The Unraveling of the Todd-Dickinson Affair, and Unraveling Piltdown: The Science Fraud of the Century and Its Solution. He was also the project editor on the condensation of the Reader's Digest Bible from 850,000 words to 510,000 words. He died on March 19, 2015 at the age of 87.

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