Christian McBurney is an independent historian who has authored the recently released Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014) and Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014). He previously authored The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011). He has authored a number of articles for the Rhode Island History and Newport History magazines and Pettaquamscutt Historical Society newsletter. For more information on these books and articles, see He resides in the Washington, D.C. area, after being raised in Kingston, R.I., attending South Kingstown High School, and obtaining his undergraduate degree from Brown University. He frequently returns to Rhode Island to give book lectures and visit his family.