Behind the grand campaigns of America’s Civil War, with their sweeping battlefields and men charging at one another en masse, there was another conflict out of sight. It was the shadow war of dangerous espionage, tangled intrigue and covert operations, which attracted little attention. Author and veteran correspondent Douglas Waller, who covered the CIA for Newsweek and Time, will deliver a fast-paced week exploring the heroes—and the scoundrels—who fought in secret to save the Union. Four northern agents will be highlighted: Famed detective Allan Pinkerton became George McClellan’s failed spymaster, delivering inflated intelligence reports that made the Union general even more cautious. The ruthless and unscrupulous Lafayette Baker ran a counter-espionage operation in Washington, putting hundreds in jail and pocketing cash from graft he uncovered. George Sharpe, an erudite New York lawyer, successfully ran spying for generals Joseph Hooker, George Meade and Ulysses S. Grant. The courageous Elizabeth Van Lew ran a Union spy ring in Richmond.
Required Reading: Lincoln’s Spies will be on sale in bookstores on Aug. 6, 2019.
Doug Waller a correspondent for Newsweek and Time, Douglas Waller covered the Pentagon, Congress, the State Department, the White House and the CIA. In August 2019, Simon & Schuster is releasing Waller’s latest book: Lincoln’s Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation. His other books include the best-sellers Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage, The Commandos: The Inside Story of America’s Secret Soldiers, and BIG RED: The Three-Month Voyage of a Trident Nuclear Submarine. He also wrote Air Warriors: The Inside Story of the Making of a Navy Pilot and the critically acclaimed biographies, Disciples: The World War Two Missions of the CIA Directors who fought for Wild Bill Donovan, and A Question of Loyalty: Gen. Billy Mitchell and the Court-Martial that Gripped the Nation.