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76historylover · a month ago
"liar, temptress, soldier, spy" by karen abbott is about 4 female spies in the civil war. it was very readable and i had fun with it (:
Hello anon! Thank you so much for the message! The title does ring a bell to me, maybe I’ve read it in the past? However, I will check it out! Thank you so much for the recommendation!
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theredandwhitequeen · 3 years ago
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Book 7 of the 50 book challenge. Liar, temptress, soldier, spy by Karen Abbott. 4 women who were spy’s during the American civil war and 2 on each side. It at times made me angry because of how awful they seemed, but also how much they loved their countries. I recommend it.
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readingregained · 4 years ago
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My Current Nonfiction  Read
I am currently reading Karen Abbott’s, Liar Temptress Soldier Spy. I’m about 41% of the way through it right now and it is engrossing. The book follows four women through their trials working undercover during the civil war. The book follows Belle Boyd (who is slowly becoming my favorite character to follow), Rose Greenhow, Emma Edmonds, and Elizabeth Van Lew. There are maps and photographs to the authenticity of the book and Abbott makes you feel like you are in the civil war inside these women’s heads and that’s very talented. I’ll let you know more later!
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surroundmewithbooks · 4 years ago
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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbot Review
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott is a nonfiction book following the stories of four women who lived during the Civil War. These women used their wits and social positions to influence the events in their life. Every woman’s story is different and captivating.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy was a wonderful, pro-women book.Abbott manages to not only cover each woman’s story, but also the events of the Civil War.  It was at times, tiring. Mainly when the war strategies were discussed. I thoroughly enjoyed the parts about the woman spies and their activities. I really like this book. The women were all very strong and brave and intelligent. Even if I didn’t agree with some of the women’s views. I don’t remember learning about any of the women in school, and they deserve recognition. If you’re interested in knowing about women’s influence during the Civil War or reading about women in general or enjoy history books, this is the perfect book.
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madelinefitzgerald · 5 years ago
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Spent this past weekend at the Chicago Writers Conference 2015.
I learned a lot, and felt simultaneously intimidated and empowered.
Also I got a personally signed copy of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott! She gave an awesome presentation about women she found in her research, can’t wait to read the book (I’m only on page 9 right now).
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maureen-corpse · 6 years ago
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So I was reading Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy and
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ellsari · 6 years ago
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"All her life she had been blissfully unburdened by doubt or introspection."
- Karen Abbott in regard to Belle Boyd, from Liar Temptress Solider Spy
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icarusundone · 6 years ago
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"Troops poured into the two rival capitals and began making themselves into armies." - Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.
This struck me as odd since Washington, D.C. is so close to Virginia, but when I looked it up I discovered that they are in fact 100+ miles apart. It's only a 2 hour drive, but would be a significantly longer trip in 1861.
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alsocalledhawkeye · 6 years ago
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Dudes. People in 1861 Washington DC literally just stood around drinking champagne as the Union armies marched on through into Confederate territories across the Potomac River in Virginia at Bull Run. They actually stood with picnic baskets filled with champagne bottles and glasses, waving at the Union army, hoping they'd get to see a battle.
War: America's first spectator sport.
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alsocalledhawkeye · 6 years ago
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Holy shit, you guys, I'm not even kidding when I say I'm pretty sure seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd from Martinsburg, VA is my new freaking hero. She was plain but saw herself as beautiful, listing all her perfections to her male cousin in hopes to find a husband. She terrorized her parent's feast because they wouldn't let her join. She was incredibly intelligent in school, rebellious (she used her diamond ring to carve her name into the window at her college) with a perfect curtsy and damned determined. I mean, homegirl sat in her window and watched the soldiers. She refused to sew and darn socks and bake bread and instead just walked down the street waving at the Rebels. Belle Boyd organized trips into the Rebel camps to visit. She owned an 1848 Colt pistol and promised herself she'd use it if she had to. And boy did she ever. Homegirl shot a man dead in her own home because he forced his way in, scared her younger siblings, terrified her maid, called her a rebel and attempted to assault her mother. She shot a man, spread open her arms and declared:
"Only cowards shoot women. Now shoot!" WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING.
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alsocalledhawkeye · 6 years ago
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When Belle was eleven, her parents declared her too young to attend their dinner party, given for a group of Virginia officials. Instead of leading or protesting, she went to the stable, saddled up her horse, Fleeter, and rode him into the dining room, interrupting the second course .... Belle looked down on everyone, watching her mother's mouth gape, her hand rising to cover it. She yanked at the reins and cleared her throat. 'Well,' she said, 'my horse is old enough, isn't he?'
-Belle Boyd, "the fastest woman in Virginia or anywhere". (Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott)
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alsocalledhawkeye · 6 years ago
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Shout out to whichever of my Sherlollian loves recommended the book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. I'm only a few pages in but this is exactly the thing I wanted to read. THANK YOU.
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andisbookshelf · 6 years ago
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Book Review: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War Karen Abbott
If only all history would be written like this!  This was a fascinating read.  It read like a thriller novel.  These four women were strong, capable, and utterly fascinating.  This is definitely a book that will make its way onto my shelves.
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