The Long Island History Project podcast welcomes back former Newsday reporter Bill Bleyer. Bill is an author and historian with a number of Long Island-related history books to his credit and today we dive into his work on the Culper Spy Ring.
George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide (History Press, 2021) is an analysis of the Culper Spy Ring. In it, Bleyer synthesizes what is known and has been written about the Ring.
He incorporates and evaluates primary sources such as the 194 extant letters regarding the spy ring as well as the works of Morton Pennypacker, Alexander Rose, Brian Kilmeade and others to tease out fact from fiction from downright fabrication.
The book also includes a comprehensive guide to sites on Long Island related to the Culper Spy Ring story.
You can listen to the episode here.
The Long Island History Project is an independent podcast featuring stories and interviews with people passionate about Long Island history. It is hosted by academic librarian Chris Kretz.
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