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Essay by Author Karen AbbottI hadnt 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 DONT BLAME MEI 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 warby 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 amand by the strange and fascinating world of Civil War espionage.
Guest Reviewer Denise Kiernan on Liar, Temptress, Soldier, SpyDenise 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 ABCs 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 Abbotts already impressive body of work as well as to the annals of American history and the unsung women who helped make it.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 EngrossingLiar, 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 Abbotts Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spyis full of so many titillating dramas and details, you could be forgiven for periodically checking the back of the book to make sure its 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 Abbotts prose is vivid, especially when she writes about battles and the terrible costs they exact Washington Post Karen Abbotts 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 thrilling than fiction Michael Korda, NY Times bestselling biographer of Dwight D 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- Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
- 533 pages
- Karen Abbott
- 10 September 2017 Karen Abbott