Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

By Karen Abbott

In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, secret agent, bestselling writer Karen Abbott tells the spellbinding real tale of 4 ladies who risked everything—their houses, their households, and their very lives—during the Civil War.

Seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd, an avowed insurgent with a perilous mood, shot a Union soldier in her domestic and have become a courier and secret agent for the accomplice military, utilizing her massive charms to seduce males on each side. Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a guy to enlist as a Union inner most named Frank Thompson, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the battle and infiltrating enemy strains, the entire whereas fearing that her prior might meet up with her. the gorgeous widow Rose O'Neal Greenhow engaged in affairs with strong Northern politicians, used her younger daughter to ship details to Southern generals, and sailed out of the country to foyer for the Confederacy, a trip that fee her greater than she ever imagined. 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—even putting a former slave contained in the accomplice White House—right less than the noses of more and more suspicious insurgent detectives.

Abbott's pulse-quickening narrative weaves the adventures of those 4 forgotten daredevils into the tumultuous panorama of a damaged the United States, evoking a mystery global that may shock even the main avid fanatics of Civil War–era heritage. With a forged of real-life characters, together with Nathaniel Hawthorne, basic Stonewall Jackson, Detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoléon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, secret agent shines a dramatic new mild on those daring—and, beforehand, unsung—heroines.

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