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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2. September 2014

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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)


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.

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Powerful and gripping this story of four remarkable women who filled unconventional roles during the Civil War is unputdownable from start to finish. Karen Abbott’s research is impeccable, her facts indisputable yet the story reads very much like a novel as it flows so smoothly alternately focusing on each woman. Most fascinating for this reader were the direct quotations taken from diaries and letters written at that time. In addition, the narrative is filled with historical figures - Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Allan Pinkerton and more. Yet it is the courage and passion of these daring four women that gives the story breath and life.

Belle Boyd was but 17-years-old when she shot a Union soldier in her home. She was boisterous, hot tempered and an avowed rebel who became a courier and spy for the Confederate army. She was an inveterate flirt who used her charms to seduce men and gain information. She later lived through imprisonment while continuing to defy the Union by any means possible.

Rose Greenhow was an attractive widow and Washington D.C. hostess with many influential friends. She used her position to acquire information about the Union’s military plans and passed it along. She openly defied and sometimes ridiculed Pinkerton’s operatives who were attempting to catch her, yet she was imprisoned along with her young daughter. At one time President Jefferson Davis even sent her to Europe to lobby for the South.

This quartet of valiant women came from different backgrounds and regions. Young Emma Edmondson escaped a Canadian farm and her cruel father who had promised her to an elderly neighbor.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Bad history 28. Juli 2014
Von James W. Durney - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
I looked forward to reading this book and wanted to like it.
The first problem occurred in the Introduction when the author talks about “Taps” being played in the 1861 army camps.
Taps will not exist for several months and will not be adopted as “official” until 1874.
I let this go, allowance being made for effect and establishing a mood.

The author’s idea of an overall plan for August 1861 just is not realistic.
Coordination of offensives will not occur until the spring of 1864.
At this time, the best plan was for Johnston to be held in the Shenandoah Valley.

The next problem is her stating the CSA waved Union Flags at First Bull Run.
Blue & Gray had not been standardized and both sides wore blue and gray uniforms.
Some of Johnston’s troops, in blue uniforms, caused some Union regiments to hold their fire making a contribution to them breaking.

I stopped reading when the author catalogued a series of Confederate atrocities during and after the battle.
She has men playing ball with severed heads, cutting off noses, ears and testicles for souvenirs.
Using dead Union soldiers for target practice and carving “Yankee shin-bones” into drum sticks.

Since the book is not properly foot-noted, we do not have her source for this.
In what passes for notes, she references the Times and Herald as sources.
In the next sentence, she admits newspapers tended to embellish stories of atrocities.
She fails to admit that no respected Civil War author accepts these stories as fact.
In stating them as fact, she is either a poor historian or dishonest, in either case I do not want to waste my time reading this book.

The major problem is that, she writes well and with authority.
People will accept what she says as fact.
While readable, the book is not close to history and contains many very basic errors.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Well Written And Very Informative 2. Juni 2016
Von FCD117 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spy and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it and found her writing to be perfectly balanced ... 12. November 2014
Von kurt a hollstein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I just finished Karen Abbott's third book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it and found her writing to be perfectly balanced between detail and lively narrative. She weaved a seamless, rotating tale between the four women which added to the excitement, if not obsession, of wanting to know what happened to them as the years went on. Probably the biggest compliment I can give is that I felt as though I was transported to that chaotic time period. Simply put, I got lost in their 150 year-old world. I almost shed a tear when I read the last chapter; I not only didn't want the book to end, I wanted those women to stay immortal, as strange as that may sound.
For those who might be put off by historical tomes that seem to get caught up in minutiae and long-winded accounts (think some of David McCullough's works),this book was entertaining, intelligent, emotional (love, humor, sadness, joy and more!), suspenseful, sexy, fulfilling, and dare I say, educational.
Karen Abbott has a God-given gift for writing---each word seems carefully chosen and her descriptions of people and especially events is amazing. (Check out the way she describes the First Battle of Manassas aka Bull Run and the "Shipwreck Scene" [near the end of the book] and you will know what I mean).
I feel in love with her two previous books, but this one is a true masterpiece. Please do yourself a favor and read her book. You will be sent back in time to witness the inspiring work of these four women as well as the biggest historical event of our country.

-Kurt Hollstein
Wilmington, DE
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thumbs up by our book club 26. Februar 2015
Von SB Hill - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
A new way of looking at the Civil War! My book club of 14 read this recently and found it to be well-written and intriguing. Although we all have lived in South Carolina for years (most even grew up here), we had never heard of these four women and the effects they had on the war. Nor did we ever learn in school or college much if anything about women's wartime roles. Ms. Abbott's research was extensive and provided verbatim quotations and descriptions that made the book read more like a novel than non-fiction. The stories of the four women followed the chronology of the war, so the reader could learn much about the war's progression as the book switched back and forth between the accounts of their actions. We are waiting on Ms. Abbott's next one to put on our book club list!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My Brother Stole My Copy! 12. November 2014
Von Dan Holden - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I watched an interview on PBS with the author, Karen Abbott, and that’s when I first heard about her new book. I’m an avid Civil War buff (and ex re-enactor) and I was thrilled to learn about a book that takes a rather unique look at Civil War history. Sort of uncharted waters, if you will. I must admit, I was not familiar with these women, so I had no preconceived notions as to who they were. I won’t retell the story - as other reviewers have done that already - so I’ll just stick to my opinion of the work itself.

Abbott’s ability to weave a story is captivating. As a writer myself, it’s often difficult to create a compelling story from fact without crossing over into fiction. Abbott has done a great job to not step across that line by adding just enough “faction glue” to the keep the story engaging. It was a really thrilling read and I have recommended the tome to many of my friends and relatives. In fact, my brother stole my copy!
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