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Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott's forthcoming book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy tells the true story of four daring (and not entirely scrupulous) Civil War spies who risked everything for their cause. The new book will be published by HarperCollins on September 2, 2014.

Abbott's previous books, Sin In The Second City and American Rose, were both New York Times bestsellers. She is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine's history blog, Past Imperfect, and also writes for Disunion, the New York Times series about the Civil War. A native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two African Grey parrots, Poe and Dexter. She's at work on her next book, a (semi) true tale of a Gilded Age con artist.