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Karen Abbott’s keen eye for discovering diverting stories in the dust of history is on full display in her latest book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. Wars are fought (mainly) by men, but Abbott’s exploration of four women during the Civil War argues that women can be just as instrumental in influencing the outcomes of battles. Abbott’s portrayal of Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Belle Boyd, Emma Edmonds and Elizabeth Van Lew revise our accepted view of women during this period. Read more...

 

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