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Author Discussion & Signing with Karen Abbott

 Come join us at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore when Karen Abbott discusses her third book on the American Woman in History, Liar, Temptress, Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. Her discussion will be accompied by a Slide Presentation.

Abbott is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers of Sin in the Second City and American Rose.

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.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
7419 Madison St.
60130-1502 Forest Park
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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062092892
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper - September 2nd, 2014

Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812975994
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade - June 10th, 2008

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812978513
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade - March 13th, 2012

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