Press For The First Conspiracy:

New York Times Bestseller List: Now #2
01/24/19

In our second week, The First Conspiracy just moved UP one notch to be #2 on the New York Times bestseller list for nonfiction. We’re completely surprised, and humbled. Thank you to every single bookseller and every single reader for supporting our book. See the full NY Times nonfiction list here.


New York Times Bestseller List!
01/17/19

The First Conspiracy debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list for non-fiction! Brad and I are honored and absolutely thrilled. Huge thank you to everyone at Flatiron Books who made this possible. We’re also in some amazing company on the list. See the full NYTimes rankings here.


NPR Review
01/09/19

“The amount of research behind it is genuinely remarkable…The First Conspiracy is an excellent book, enthralling and beyond fascinating, and it's sure to delight both fans of thrillers and American history.”
-Michael Schaub, NPR Books (full review)


Providence Journal Review
01/03/19

“The book centers on the very real plot to assassinate none other than George Washington… That we all know the plot failed does little to diminish the suspense or the minute details of how Washington uncovered it and what he did in response. In fact, the book reminded me most of the fiction classics “The Eagle Has Landed” and “The Day of the Jackal,” which dealt with similar subject matter circa World War II. The difference here is the abject brilliance of Meltzer and Mensch’s research in reconstructing Revolutionary times to the smallest detail in exquisite fashion. Consider “The First Conspiracy” the last word when it comes to thrilling tales yanked from history, proving that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.”
-Jon Land, Providence Journal (full review)


Booklist Review
11/01/18

“Readers who like their histories full of twists, turns, and cliff-hangers will enjoy this romp through the Revolution.”


Kirkus Review
10/02/18

“In brisk, tense chapters, Meltzer and Mensch relate a tale of spies and treason, conspiracy and counterintelligence at the start of the colonists' war against Britain.... A lively political thriller.” (full review)