Brad Meltzer

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In The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot Against George Washington and the Birth of American Counterintel­ligence, author Brad Meltzer and his co-author and television partner Josh Mensch have brought to light the story of the secret, deadly plot to assassinate the first President of the United States. Drawing on extensive research, Meltzer and Mensch unravel the shocking true story behind what has previously been a foot­note in history, capturing in riveting detail how George Washington not only defeated the most powerful military force in the world but also uncovered the secret plot against him in the tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776. It reveals how hard the battle was for the first commander-in-chief and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previ­ously untold piece of American history that not only reveals Washington’s character but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterin­telligence movement, which led to the modern CIA. Jake Tapper praised it saying, “History and mystery combine in this taut true-life thriller. . . . A joy to read!”

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist, The Inner Circle, and 10 other bestselling thrillers, as well as the host of the History Channel television show Brad Meltzer’s Lost History.

“A wonderful book about leadership and it shows why George Washington and his moral lessons are just as vital today. What a book. You’ll love it.”

—President George H. W. Bush

Ticket Prices

Hardcover Book Included

One Ticket and One Book

Public $60, DMA Member/Educator $55, Student $45

Two Tickets and One Book

Public $80, DMA Member/Educator $75, Student $70

Free tickets for all students and educators. Reserve online and pick up at Will Call

Become an Annual Series Supporter at the $1,000 level or above and enjoy a pre-event wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with Brad Meltzer.

6:30 p.m. Explore portraits of George Washington and art from the colonial era on a tour led by Jessie Carrillo, Manager of Adult Programs.