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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War - Karen Abbott
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
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Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War. Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little... show more
Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.

Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies.

After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The beautiful widow, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy, and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives.

Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war. With a cast of real-life characters including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062092892 (0062092898)
ASIN: 62092898
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
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5.0 Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
I spent much of the last few days in bed, so it was a real treat to have a good book to read while I was there. This was that book. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy looks at the lives of four women, who at one point or another played any or all of these roles, in the American Civil War. (OK, only o...
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it
3.0 Liar Temptress Soldier Spy
Abbott looks at 4 women who served their respective countries during the Civil War: Belle Boyd and Rose Greenhow of the Confederacy, and Emma Edmonds and Elizabeth Van Lew of the US. While Edmonds was the soldier and Van Lew certainly a spy--I am not clear on who was the Liar and the Temptress, beca...
FictionZeal
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3.5 from FictionZeal.com re: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
As a woman, what would make you go to war in 1861? To be beside your husband? Pure loyalty to the cause? Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy delves into the history of four courageous women who took part in the Civil War. High spirited seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd began packing a Colt 1849 pistol. W...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 A story about the part women played in the Civil War!
Karen Abbott has written a well researched narrative that tells the true story of four courageous women who wanted to serve their President and their country, although some of us may not support the President or side for which they fought. Perhaps the true origin of the Civil War lies in economic is...
Merle
Merle rated it
4.5 Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott
Wow: I loved this, and I am so over reading about the American Civil War. But, really, what could be better than a detailed and exciting nonfiction account of four women who played key roles in the war? This book combines the best of both worlds: the perspective and historical background of nonficti...
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