Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Karen Abbott


Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling writer of Sin within the moment City and “pioneer of sizzle historical past” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding precise tale of 4 girls who risked every little thing to turn into spies in the course of the Civil War.

Karen Abbott illuminates the most interesting but little identified features of the Civil warfare: the tales of 4 brave women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who have been spies.

After taking pictures a Union soldier in her entrance corridor with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd grew to become a courier and secret agent for the accomplice military, utilizing her charms to seduce males on either side. Emma Edmonds bring to a halt her hair and assumed the identification of a guy to enlist as a Union inner most, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil struggle. the gorgeous widow, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, engaged in affairs with robust Northern politicians to collect intelligence for the Confederacy, and used her younger daughter to ship details to Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a filthy rich Richmond abolitionist, concealed at the back of her right Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, correct below the noses of suspicious insurgent detectives.

Using a wealth of fundamental resource fabric and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of those 4 heroines during the tumultuous years of the battle. With a forged of real-life characters together with Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, normal Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy attracts you into the struggle as those bold ladies lived it.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy includes 39 black & photographs and three maps. 

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