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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 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.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy contains 39 black & photos and 3 maps. 

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“Not for nothing has Abbott been called a ‘pioneer of sizzle history.’ Here she creates a gripping page-turner that moves at a breathtaking clip through the dramatic events of the Civil War.” -- Los Angeles Times

“Engrossing… Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is conscientiously researched and smoothly written and structured.” -- Wall Street Journal

“A revelation... Abbott profiles four [women], sometimes weaving, sometimes stacking their stories together into a compelling narrative.” -- USA Today (four stars)

“Eloquent… A riveting psychological inquiry and probing examination of the courage, incomparable patriotism, stamina, and agility of four women who repeatedly risked their lives to serve their citizenry... Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy [feels] like an operatic espionage novel, where deception, betrayal, love, and redemption are interspersed with gripping combat scenes and perilous rescues.” -- Los Angeles Review of Books

“Karen Abbott’s Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy...is full of so many titillating dramas and details, you could be forgiven for periodically checking the back of the book to make sure it’s nonfiction.” -- Christian Science Monitor

“Gripping... a remarkable story of passion, strength, and resilience.” -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Compelling... Karen Abbott stitches together a patchwork narrative as complex as a pieced quilt, combining the colorful, unrelated tales of four women who fought in the Civil War as surely as Lee and Grant… [her] high achievement lies in her Augean compilation of published and archival material.” -- Washington Times

“Abbott’s prose is vivid, especially when she writes about battles and the terrible costs they exact.” -- Washington Post

“Karen Abbott’s powerful narrative is first rate American history about a fascinating, little-known chapter of the Civil War, as well as a compulsive, thrilling saga of espionage. Brilliant storytelling, highly accessible, and impossible to put down.” -- Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove

“Abbott…[reveals] in such vivid detail the extraordinary lives of women who involved themselves so dangerously in the Civil War. 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. ” -- Michael Korda, NY Times bestselling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence

“With this book, Karen Abbott declares herself the John le Carré of Civil War espionage--with the added benefit that the saga she tells is all true and beautifully researched.” -- Erik Larson, bestselling author of Devil in the White City

“Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy by Karen Abbott is a masterpiece of narrative storytelling, backed by impeccable research and extraordinary material. I was gripped by every page.” -- Amanda Foreman, author of the award-winning best sellers Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire: A Epic History of Two Nations Divided

“Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is a masterwork of suspenseful plots and unforgettable characters rendered in exacting, gorgeous detail-a brilliant new take on the heroines and villainesses of the Civil War.” -- Lydia Netzer, author of the New York Times notable book Shine Shine Shine

“With Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, Karen Abbott has taken history and written it with the eloquence of good fiction. Halfway through her book, I decided Ian Fleming could not have invented better spies…nor have written about them with any more suspense.” -- Robert Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country

Thrilling, illuminating, heart-pounding. Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy reads like a crackling espionage novel...Karen Abbott brings to vivid life four of extraordinary and audacious women, and runs glorious roughshod over all our traditional notions of the role of women in the Civil War. -- Megan Abbott, Edgar-award winning and New York Times bestselling author of Dare Me and The Fever

“Beautifully written, meticulously researched, and paced like an edge-of-your-seat-novel---I love this big, ambitious, unstoppable book.” -- Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Gods in Alabama and Someone Else''s Love Story

The subjects of Karen Abbott’s gripping story Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy leap up -- and almost off -- the page… an irresistibly good tale of Civil War espionage and a reminder that the heroes of our history are often found in the most unexpected places. -- Deborah Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Poisoner''s Handbook

“Karen Abbott’s Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is the kind of page-turning book you can get so absorbed in that you keep forgetting it’s nonfiction.” -- Bustle.com

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An Amazon Best Book of 2014
A Library Journal Best Book of 2014
A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2014

Belle Boyd
Emma Edmonds
Rose O''Neal Greenhow
Elizabeth Van Lew

In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, bestselling author Karen Abbott tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything—their homes, their families, and their very lives—during the Civil War.

Seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd, an avowed rebel with a dangerous temper, shot a Union soldier in her home and became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her considerable charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man to enlist as a Union private named Frank Thompson, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the war and infiltrating enemy lines, all the while fearing that her past would catch up with her. The beautiful widow Rose O''Neal Greenhow engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians, used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals, and sailed abroad to lobby for the Confederacy, a journey that cost her more than she ever imagined. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring—even placing a former slave inside the Confederate White House—right under the noses of increasingly suspicious rebel detectives.

Abbott''s pulse-quickening narrative weaves the adventures of these four forgotten daredevils into the tumultuous landscape of a broken America, evoking a secret world that will surprise even the most avid enthusiasts of Civil War–era history. With a cast of real-life characters, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, Detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoléon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy shines a dramatic new light on these daring—and, until now, unsung—heroines.

About the Author

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian magazine, Salon, and other publications.

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Based on Fictional and Unverified Accounts
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
I was very much looking forward to this book, having a great interest in the Richmond Underground and women''s roles in the Civil War. The writing is fine and the effort expended weaving the stories together is incredibly commendable. The problem I had with the book,... See more
I was very much looking forward to this book, having a great interest in the Richmond Underground and women''s roles in the Civil War. The writing is fine and the effort expended weaving the stories together is incredibly commendable. The problem I had with the book, however, is the author''s heavy reliance on questionable first person sources, including both the subjects'' memoirs and fictional details written after the war about Elizabeth Van Lew. This error pushes this book into the realm of fiction, and should be read as such. Emma Edmonds memoir is notoriously unreliable and the writings of Belle Boyd and Sarah Greenhow aren''t much better. The author did point out that Emma was not, in fact, at Antietam and fabricated an incident that she said took place there, but did not question other elements of her story such as passing as Black while across the lines spying on the Confederates or nursing wounded comrades while impaired with a broken leg and internal injuries. Edmonds'' entire memoir is questionable, which is actually typical of Civil War memoirs written by soldiers ranging from privates to generals like John Brown Gordon and Lawrence Chamberlain. The use of completely unsubstantiated stories about Mary Bowser''s role as a spy in the Confederate White House was also disingenuous. Neither Mary nor Elizabeth Van Lew ever spoke of Mary''s role as a spy and it''s never been verified that she was ever employed by Varina Davis. If you are interested in Van Lew and the Richmond Underground, Elizabeth Varon''s book, "Southern Lady, Yankee Spy", is a much better choice.
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Poorly researched, lazy history
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2020
I was stunned by the poor research put into this book. There were many examples of supposed fact that could easily be discounted by a Google search. Much of the accurate details in this book sounded like a re-cap of the Ken Burns’s documentary on the Civil War. I had to... See more
I was stunned by the poor research put into this book. There were many examples of supposed fact that could easily be discounted by a Google search. Much of the accurate details in this book sounded like a re-cap of the Ken Burns’s documentary on the Civil War. I had to wonder whether this book was independently researched by the author or was solely based on previous works and inaccurate folklore. I am enough of a history buff to recognize shoddy work when I see it. Not worth the time to read it.
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highly recommended slice of American Civil War history for anyone interested in strong American females'' history or Civil War
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2015
The American Civil War is often portrayed as fought by Abraham Lincoln, Robert Lee, Grant, Sherman, McClellan, (and sometimes Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington) a bunch of plantation owners and escaped slaves. You see what''s missing, right? Women didn''t... See more
The American Civil War is often portrayed as fought by Abraham Lincoln, Robert Lee, Grant, Sherman, McClellan, (and sometimes Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington) a bunch of plantation owners and escaped slaves.

You see what''s missing, right? Women didn''t fight as soldiers (unless you were Emma Edmondson/Frank Thompson) but they were as integral a part of the war effort as the men--and here Abbott gives us a readable and partly-novelized version of four women who acted as spies during the war. In these portraits of four women, you get a sense of the socially interwoven, small geographical distances (compared to the current US), political manuevering, and social class system that was the background of the Civil War.

And the women themselves; two Union, two Confederate spies (the Confederate spies seemed to thrive in the media spotlight in a more flamboyant way than the more secretive Unionists) are fascinating women of their time.

You can read the other reviews to find out about who the book is about, so let me just highlight in this review how readable, interesting, and weirdly novelesque the history is in this book. Abbott rotates chapters between each woman, usually cutting off a narrative at some cliff-hangery point like when Union guards come to arrest Belle Boyd, etc. There are primary sources quoted and evocative descriptions of obviously well-researched places like Old Capitol prison, and then there are the "novelized" moments where the narrative takes on a kind of self-conscious literary thrill-seeker quality; such Rose''s little daughter''s black eyes fervently peeking over snow-white covers when her spy mother puts her to bed during a Union search of her house or the description of Belle''s thoughts while she drowned.

I like those novelized bits, it made the women seem more real to me than often strictly historically accurate depictions do.

Anyway, highly recommended slice of American Civil War history for anyone interested in strong American females'' history or Civil War.
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Reads Like a Novel -- And It''s All True!
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2019
I got this book because it looked like an interesting bit of history. I was not disappointed. This book tells the story of four female spies from the American Civil War -- two Confederate, and two Union. Karen Abbott has done an incredible job with this book. Not only... See more
I got this book because it looked like an interesting bit of history. I was not disappointed. This book tells the story of four female spies from the American Civil War -- two Confederate, and two Union. Karen Abbott has done an incredible job with this book. Not only has she done a great job of researching the careers of these four remarkable ladies, but she does a splendid job of telling their stories. And this book does read like a novel, helped along by specific details that conveys a "you are there" feeling to the narrative. I was amazed at the espionage each of these ladies engaged in, and was also pleased to read about what happened to each lady after their days as spies came to an end. With the exception of one lady, their ends were not pleasant. If you want a highly readable account of espionage during the American Civil War, then I highly recommend this book!
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Carolyn
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Meticulously researched women''s history
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2018
The author meticulously researched the material and I learned a great deal about the Civil War, both the logistics and the attitude of those on both sides of the conflict. When the book seemed to stretch on and on, I realized that''s what this war must have seemed like to... See more
The author meticulously researched the material and I learned a great deal about the Civil War, both the logistics and the attitude of those on both sides of the conflict. When the book seemed to stretch on and on, I realized that''s what this war must have seemed like to those who lived through it. Everyone thought it would be over quickly. Because the narrative fluctuates among the four women, sometimes I lost tract of who was who since several of the women were similar even thought they were on different sides of the conflict.I considered whether the author could have handled the stories differently and I decided her method was best and she tracked them as the war progressed rather than covering their stores separately. My advice to someone reading the book is to be engaged from the beginning and take a few notes as each woman is introduced so that you recall the basics as the woman is brought up again as the story and the war progresses. An important and overlooked story of female history.
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Andy Glass
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On Often Untold Aspect of the Civil War
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2016
All in all this was an excellent collection of history/biography covering a rarely told element of the Civil War - or any conflict for that matter. The book shares the stories of four women from both sides of the war, and their efforts to aid their cause. As I read this... See more
All in all this was an excellent collection of history/biography covering a rarely told element of the Civil War - or any conflict for that matter. The book shares the stories of four women from both sides of the war, and their efforts to aid their cause. As I read this book, my thought was, "well, yeah, of course women who were away from the front lines did things that were courageous and compassionate." Thing is, there''s not much depth in terms of reading material on that aspect of things. I was very impressed with two of the women, Emma Edmonds and Elizabeth Van Lew. Don''t want to put a spoiler in here, so I''ll just say that these two had some steel in them. The others did as well, for other reasons, but Edmonds and Van Lew struck me more than the others. This should be required reading for all young people, regardless of gender, as it tells an important aspect of the Civil War that just isn''t covered in many places. Excellent read!
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Well Written And Very Informative
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2016
I enjoyed this book very much. This book was a book club selection and that is why I read it. I had never heard of Karen Abbott. I am a bit of a history buff and worked in Gettysburg for approximately fifteen years. I still found this book very informative and I learned... See more
I enjoyed this book very much. This book was a book club selection and that is why I read it. I had never heard of Karen Abbott. I am a bit of a history buff and worked in Gettysburg for approximately fifteen years. I still found this book very informative and I learned a great deal.

I have seen other reviews talking about a lack of foot notes. I purchased the Kindle edition. Maybe other editions are not footnoted or maybe reviewers are seeking different types of footnotes. I feel my Kindle edition is heavily footnoted. I also did some of my own research and everything I looked at myself corresponded with Miss Abbott''s writing. I realize I may be misunderstanding some of the other reviewers'' concerns.

This book filled in a lot of gaps of my personal knowledge about the Civil War, especially the early parts. Pretty much everything I read about General McClellan had been negative and that he really dilly dallied in the early part of the Civil War. Miss Abbott does not appear to me to be an apologist for General McClellan. However, the more I studied this work, I felt that much of General McClellan''s apparent thinking became clearer to me and the more sense it made to me. I can at least say now that there are two sides to the subject of General McClellan.

I do take this book to be non fiction. However, there is a description of a drowning that is apparently unwitnessed, and resulted in an unwitnessed death. The drowning is described in painful detail. Absent corroboration, I feel that description is dramatized. I am not sure how that fits into the concept of non fiction history writing.

On the other hand, I also had never really understood the so called "peninsula campaign". It is now much more clear to me. I feel indebted to Miss Abbott for this illumination.

I am once again grateful to my book club for selecting a book I probably would never have read if left to my own devices. I intend to study Miss Abbott further and seek another of her works to read. Thank You....
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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2014
I’m a huge fan of readable books that teach me about history in an entertaining way…and Karen Abbott absolutely delivered for me with Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. Though this book is about the Civil War, it’s not an X’s and O’s type war book. Thankfully (for me at... See more
I’m a huge fan of readable books that teach me about history in an entertaining way…and Karen Abbott absolutely delivered for me with Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. Though this book is about the Civil War, it’s not an X’s and O’s type war book. Thankfully (for me at least!), it’s much more of an espionage and intrigue book. The military aspect of the Civil War merely serves as a backdrop for these women’s exploits.

When the book opened with a chapter titled “The Fastest Woman in Virginia” (i.e. Belle Boyd), I knew this would be entertaining. And, no sooner had I met Belle, than she was followed up with the DC-based Confederate spy, “Wild Rose” (i.e. Rose Greenhow, who seduced powerful men to get information), the girl who dressed as a boy to serve as a nurse and spy for the Union (Emma / Frank), and the abolitionist society matron living in the capital of the Confederacy (Elizabeth Van Lew). That’s quite a cast of characters!

For me, this book was all about the “truth is stranger than fiction” anecdotes that seemed to be regular occurrences during this time in history and in these four women’s lives in particular. So, I’m going to whet your appetites a bit with some of my favorites:

- Washington, DC (officially part of the Union) was actually a culturally Southern city with a third of the residents hailing from the slave holding states of Virginia and Maryland.

- Much of the spying was done by women and women ran many of the Richmond Underground’s (a Union spy network) safe houses.
"War, like politics, was men’s work, and women were supposed to be among its victims, not its perpetrators. Women’s loyalty was assumed, regarded as a prime attribute of femininity itself, but now there was a question – one that would persist throughout the war – of what to do with what one Lincoln official called ''fashionable women spies''."

- Rose Greenhow used the window blinds in her house on the Union side of the Potomac River to communicate in Morse Code across to the Confederate side.

- As many as 400 women were thought to have posed as men to fight in the war. One couple even enlisted together on their honeymoon.

- One female soldier posing as a man actually gave birth to a baby boy while on picket duty (obviously, she had also concealed her pregnancy).

- Members of a New York Infantry division arrived for war with sandwiches from Delmonico’s and velvet covered camp stools, thus earning the nickname “the silk stocking regiment”.

- Stonewall Jackson was a legendary hypochondriac. If he felt he was off balance (even in the middle of battle), he would raise one arm to reestablish his equilibrium.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy provides a unique look at totally eccentric elements of the Civil War and you do not have to be a war buff to enjoy this one! It would also be a great book club selection.

For more review, check out my blog, Sarah''s Book Shelves.
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M. Lloyd
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I enjoyed this book which told the story of several different ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2017
I enjoyed this book which told the story of several different women spying/fighting for different sides in the American Civil War. I particularly enjoyed reading about Emma''s adventures as a man in the army. I have to say I didn''t have much sympathy for the Confederate...See more
I enjoyed this book which told the story of several different women spying/fighting for different sides in the American Civil War. I particularly enjoyed reading about Emma''s adventures as a man in the army. I have to say I didn''t have much sympathy for the Confederate women who were, after all, fervent supporters of that terrible inhumane system of slavery.
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Thorough and captivating.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 31, 2018
Abbott does tremendous work here, bringing together four disparate threads framed by the Civil War and turns them into a narrative that is as thrilling as it is informative.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2020
Poor quality pages very flimsy I returned it I will order the hardback
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Don A. Lawrence
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This book brings out facts from the Civil War tha t are not well known!
Reviewed in Canada on January 21, 2021
I found the book vey interesting, but in places it strayed off the subject at hand and brought out some information that was more or less repitative!
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Lynn Richardson
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Four strong women in the Civil War who did extraordinary things
Reviewed in Canada on October 8, 2014
While I have a huge interest in the military and political handling of the Civil War, I also enjoy the back stories of how the average citizen and foot soldier survived and his thoughts about participating in the struggle. I found Karen Abbott''s book very well researched,...See more
While I have a huge interest in the military and political handling of the Civil War, I also enjoy the back stories of how the average citizen and foot soldier survived and his thoughts about participating in the struggle. I found Karen Abbott''s book very well researched, with a pleasing writing style, that captures the true character of her four heroines. I enjoyed the epilogue where the author finishes each character''s final story and provides the reader with information not known about them from most sources on their lives. We usually read of the bravery and courage of the men in this period of war, but these ladies showed a sense of purpose, stubbornness and lack of fear that places them alongside all heros and heroines, who served for their side of this great conflict. As a Canadian, I enjoyed reading about Emma Edmonds and her difficult but extraordinary life.
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Essay by Author Karen Abbott

I hadn’t given much thought to the Civil War until one summer day in 2002, when I found myself stuck in traffic on Route 400 outside of Atlanta, idling for hours behind a pickup truck emblazoned with a bumper sticker: DON’T BLAME ME—I VOTED FOR JEFF DAVIS. As a native Philadelphian newly transplanted to the Deep South, I was struck by the idea that Civil War personalities and politics lived on, in ways both frivolous and sincere, nearly a century and a half after the last body was buried and the final sacrifice made.

In 1861, as North and South split into separate countries and two armies prepared for war, women had to adjust to the sudden absence of fathers and husbands and sons, to the idea that things would never be as they had been. They had no vote, no straightforward access to political discourse, no influence in how the battles were waged. While some women formed aid societies and raised money for soldiers, others embarked on far riskier paths, determined to change the course of the war—by any means necessary and at any cost.

In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy I tell the stories of four such women: a rebellious teenager with a dangerous temper; a Canadian expat on the run from her past; a widowed mother with nothing left to lose; and a wealthy society matron who endured death threats for years, and lost as much as she won. Each, in her own way, was a liar, a temptress, a soldier, and a spy, often all at once. I hope you will be as captivated by Belle, Emma, Rose, and Elizabeth as I am—and by the strange and fascinating world of Civil War espionage.

Guest Reviewer Denise Kiernan on Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

Denise Kiernan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City. She began her career in journalism, served as head writer for ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire during its Emmy award-winning first season and is also the author of several American history titles including Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence, Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the United States Constitution and Stuff Every American Should Know.

It is no small task for a writer to wade into the well-swum waters of the American Civil War and emerge with a book that manages to enhance the existing canon while holding the attention of casual readers and history buffs alike. Author Karen Abbott has accomplished both admirably in her latest book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.

This is a war we all think we know, but our four protagonists take us undercover in a way that enlivens this moment in American history through their unique, unheard-of perspectives. We step inside the war, eavesdrop on their worlds and watch how events compel them to become involved in this conflict on so deep and dangerous a level, a choice truly extraordinary for women of their day.

Ms. Abbott does not shy away from her characters’ shortcomings, letting them inspire and offend the reader as the narrative calls for it. The views of the women portrayed here range from inspired to reprehensible, and their motives follow suit. Abbott''s engaging prose is backed by dogged research that buoys the stories with delightful insights rather than bogging them down in extraneous noting.

From battles to boudoirs, the book offers a fresh and intimate look at the Civil War and is teeming with the kinds of detail and imagery that allowed me to sink into the past. We watch as these intrepid-yet-flawed women evade capture and succumb to it, succeed and fail.

I found it intoxicating as both a reader and a lover of history to walk through this world with Elizabeth, Belle, Emma, and Rose as my guides. Had I known them, I certainly would not have welcomed all of them as friends, and nor did I cheer all of them on as I read about their wartime exploits. I did, however, feel as though I knew them, because their tales sucked me in and kept me invested. Before reading this book, I certainly knew how the Civil War would end. However once I began reading, I had to know how these four lives would play out.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is a captivating addition to both Ms. Abbott’s already impressive body of work as well as to the annals of American history and the unsung women who helped make it.

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