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Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War Paperback – September 1, 2010
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The reader will buy into the fact that truth is stranger than fiction. (New York Journal of Books 2010-09-01)
The book, Winkler's fourth, is another winner. It's comprehensive, covering women who were famous and obscure, served on both sides of the conflict, and were from society's highest circles and humble backgrounds. It's chock-full of information, including anecdotes and trivia, is written in Winkler's highly readable style, and is very nicely illustrated. The cover is gorgeous. (Farmville Herald 2010-09-24)
A fascinating read that opens new insights into the secret world behind the military operations, WInkler's treatise is first rate and enjoyable. (Cannonball 2010-10-10)
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.
(Night Owl Reviews 2010-10-11)
You do not need to be a history buff or an expert in the Civil War expert to understand and appreciate the contributions that these women made. You too will be amazed at everything that they did to further their cause! (Dad of Divas 2010-10-10)
It is comprehensive on the lives of the women who aided in the war, and who they assisted during that time. It's an inspirational read for young woman, and women's studies students, who could respect strong-willed women who worked hard and made a great difference during a large and important war.
(Snitch Seeker 2010-10-12)
Stealing Secrets is an attractive volume that is well presented and written. Its accessibility of subject matter and style should ensure that it appeals to a wide audience, ranging from those who are interested in the course of the American Civil War to those who are intrigued by any works to do with espionage and the role of women in conflict. (Bookpleasures.com 2010-10-20)
A lively addendum to Civil War collections. (Library Journal 2010-10-15)
The book was well done with enough interesting side notes to make the lengthy tome worth reading. Winkler's research, descriptions and detail with an eye for accuracy make "Stealing Secrets" interesting and lively.
(Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier 2010-10-25)
Historian and author, H. Donald Winkler has turned his remarkable research abilities on the topic of female spies during the Civil War. The result is his highly entertaining book, Stealing Secrets."
Stealing Secrets offers up stories that Ian Fleming would have been proud to write. Winkler fills the pages with intrigue, romance, double-dealing, daring nighttime escapes and bold daylight heroics.
(Internet Review of Books 2010-11-27)
"Stealing Secrets" by H. Donald Winkler is a fascinating look at the under-explored world of female espionage during the Civil War. This is a wonderful addition to the bookcases of Civil War fans, history buffs, and anyone who enjoys reading about people facing danger and intrigue.
(Night Owl Reviews 2010-12-06)
Winkler tells the stories as historically accurate but easy enough for anyone to read even if you don't know that much about the Civil War. But there is enough context and historical information to make it interesting to those who are very interested in matters of the Civil War. (Simply Stacie 2011-04-29)
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is easy to read and does not require the reader to have any prior knowledge about the Civil War. But, prior knowledge about the Civil War would help the reader to better understand the context and significance of the activities of the various women spies and covert agents discussed in the book.
Anyone interested in a scholarly work on Civil War espionage and covert operations probably would find the book to be of mixed value. The author has included a 10-page bibliography of references and source materials at the end of the book. But, most of the chapters lack any footnotes or endnotes that cite references or source materials, and there are many quotations in the book that are not linked to specific references or source materials. Standing alone, the book probably has limited scholarly use. But, read in conjunction with other books and materials, this book could be of some assistance to readers with a scholarly interest in the Civil War. On the other hand, the book is written in a style suitable for casual reading.
The focus of Stealing Secrets is both on the women, in relation to their own households and their network of relations, as much as it is on how their work impacted on the progress of the war. The emotional commitment of the women to those whom they supported is revealed with great honesty and clarity. The excerpts included from memoirs, journals and private correspondence make this an intimate collection of tales. The account is a vivid one, made all the more so by the inclusion of several black-and-white photographs and reproductions of excerpts of newspaper reports of the day, that help to bring the stories to life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super interesting book purchased for a civil war project and was read and reread. Now while traveling through the south we stop at all the civil war historical sitesPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was never taught the things written in the book. Very interesting!Published 9 months ago by Dean L Hadlock
well written, I have only found one other book on this topic that I like. this was an easy read.Published 12 months ago by tricia
While I love history, this collection of short biographies about women who were civil war spies was rather repetitive, written with as much excitement and voice as a college... Read morePublished 14 months ago by junesister
A very interesting book. It adds important information to Civil War literature.Published 19 months ago by Profjay (Jay Moynahan)