Karen Abbott

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Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, and American Rose. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian magazine, Salon, and other publications. In her most recent book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (Harper Perennial), the “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women —a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War. Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines. 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.