Now on Chapter 3 of Spies, Lies and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence. Sooo glad she clipped that review from The Economist. This is just the book self needed to explain the current state of American espionage.
Chapter 3 begins with a history lesson. In the summer of 1781, the fledgling republic of America was in trouble. The Revolutionary War had been raging for six years. And Benedict Arnold, “one of Washington’s ablest generals, had recently betrayed the cause, switched sides, and tried to hand over the rebels’ strategic garrison at West Point . . . money grew tight, and morale was low.” General Washington: “Our affairs were then at the most ruinous train imaginable.”
At this point, self would like to quote that character in Succession (her current favorite show) who advised Roman Roy to “just be water.”
On August 14, Washington saw his chance. “British forces were split into two large contingents. One occupied New York City under the command of Gen. Harry Clinton. The other, about seven thousand men led by Lord Cornwallis, had marched south, capturing Charleston and Savannah before landing in Yorktown, Virginia. If Washington could reach Yorktown before British reinforcements arrived, he could defeat Cornwallis and score a decisive victory.”
(To be continued)