Beggarman, Spy

The Secret Life and Times
of Israel Potter

by David Chacko and
Alexander Kulcsar

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    "This is the story 'of one
     of the strangest stories 
     made known.' "


Beggarman, Spy

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Henry Trumbull is the man who set down the life of Israel Potter. That incredible tale is so much a piece with Trumbull's writing, so neatly fits the pattern of tall tale and shopworn melodrama, that an attempt to discover the truth of Potter's existence seems unlikely.

But what if the old man's story is really his?

And what if there were strange fantastic events in The Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter of which Trumbull was unaware? More important, what if there are good reasons why these things never came to light?

For that is the case. The true story of Israel Potter is more fascinating—and much darker—than anyone has ever known.

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Detail of A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England.
by Thomas Jefferys (1755).
Library of Congress Geographical and Maps Division.


Providence seen from Smith's Hill, 1827.
Having left home in colonial times, Israel Potter would have felt like Rip Van Winkle in the burgeoning, industrial town that met him on his return.
Courtesy of Rhode Island Historical Society.


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About This Great Book

Beggarman, Spy takes you into a world where biography is history, and both are filled with lies. Truth is stranger than fiction, but what happens when the truth is fiction?

An old soldier told his life story to a writer. It is one of the most famous of the American Revolutionary period—or any other—but what is revealed in Beggarman, Spy will change the way we look at everything we thought we knew.

Who was the man called Israel Potter? Is that even his real name? Is his story really his, or is it what he wanted us to know? Is the truth a scandal that was never really known, but can be now?

Yes, it is. Read on.

HISTORY /United States /Revolutionary Period


From A Review

Israel Potter's story has been told four times, the last by the current authors, David Chacko and Alexander Kulcsar, in two well-received novels—Gone Over and The Brimstone Papers. Beggarman, Spy, the third installment, is "nonfiction" and equally impressive.


From The Author

We wrote this book without any intention of writing it. But the research we did for two books of fiction on one man's life demanded a last turn that told the real story. The truth was that good—and that fascinating.

David Chacko and
Alexander Kulcsar


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