In The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot Against George Washington and the Birth of American Counterintelligence, author Brad Meltzer brings to light the story of the secret, deadly plot to assassinate the first President of the United States during the tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776. The book not only reveals how hard the battle was for the first commander-in-chief and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement, which led to the modern CIA. Former President George H. W. Bush calls it “a wonderful book about leadership and it shows why George Washington and his moral lessons are just as vital today.”