Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War
Clandestine missions. Clever, devious, daring. Passionately committed to a cause.
During America's most divisive war, both the Union and Confederacy took advantage of brave and courageous women willing to adventurously support their causes. These female spies of the Civil War participated in the world's second-oldest profession-spying-a profession perilous in the extreme. The tales of female spies are filled with suspense, bravery, treachery, and trickery. They took enormous risks and achieved remarkable results-often in ways men could not do.
As stated on the grave marker of Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew:
Told with personality and pizzazz, author H. Donald Winkler uses primary Civil War sources such as memoirs, journals, letters, and newspaper articles, plus the latest in scholarly research, to make these incredible stories come alive.
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Review: Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil WarUser Review - Margo Brooks - Goodreads
A fine book if you want short biographies, but given the tantalizing subject matter, it was a bit dry. The format, bio after bio with no connections or comparisons made between different spies, was ... Read full review
Review: Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil WarUser Review - Lorraine Crawford - Goodreads
Each chapter of this book profiled a different woman's spying efforts in the civil war. While illuminating, the book read like a textbook, with a very dry style. I ended up only reading a few chapter. Read full review
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