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

Her four protagonists, exuding charm, adept at skulduggery, take us on a sweeping and bloody jaunt across the Civil War landscape, into an intimate realm of warfare that will yield for even the most hard-core Civil War buff a wholly fresh perspective on those deadly days. I was gripped by every page. This is that rare work of history that reads like a novel—and a really good one at that—and in which the truth is more thrilling than fiction. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy reads like a crackling espionage novel and resonates as only the most compelling history can. Abbott brings to vivid life four extraordinary and audacious women, and runs glorious roughshod over all our traditional notions of the role of women in the Civil War.
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Howard Schneider reviews "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War," by Karen Abbott.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

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View Book Info Page. Genre: Historical: Other , Nonfiction. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is a riveting non-fiction book about four women who conducted espionage and, in one case, fought undercover as a soldier in the Civil War. Two women worked for the North and two for the South. The book is interesting and exciting and paints incredible pictures of very different women who, love them or hate them, lived unusual lives of great political and personal passion and daring. She made no secret of her secessionist views and she was hideously, virulently, very vocally racist, even by the standards of the time and place. Rose was eventually freed and sent by the Confederacy to France where she worked as a diplomat.

Rose O'Neal Greenhow sent coded messages using her hand fan and needlework.

Thank you! Having previously written on Gypsy Rose Lee American Rose and the Everleigh brothel in turn-of-the-century Chicago Sin in the Second City , Abbott finds some sympathetic, fiery characters in these four women who managed to aid their causes, either North or South, in their own particular ways. Emma Edmonds, having left the family farm in to reinvent herself as a man selling Bibles door to door, offered herself to the Union cause two years later, serving mostly in a medical capacity. According to Abbott, Edmonds was one of women, Northern and Southern, who posed as men. Rose Greenhow, a comely widow and grieving mother of some means in Washington, D.

Their weapons were guile, charm, seduction, and the repertoire of being a lady. Still others, several hundred on each side, disguised themselves as men and made it to the front lines. The Union had its own formidable spy in Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond resident and Union sympathizer who used her connections to infiltrate Confederate circles. Women, it seemed, were capable not only of significant acts of treason, but of executing them more deftly than men. Dry, academic history this is not.

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  1. Start by marking “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War” as Want to Read: 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.

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