Wild Rose tells the story of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, the beautiful Southern socialite who became a spy during the Civil War, using her high-powered relationships in Washington to pass critical information from Union insiders to her allies in the Confederate Army. Friends with the nation's most famous and powerful politicians, including Senators Calhoun and Webster, James and Dolley Madison,...
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May 05 2011
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Ann Blackman is a journalist and the author of Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright and co-author of The Spy Next Door, about the FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen. In her thirty year career in journalism, she has covered US and foreign politics, and has written often about American social policy. Blackman is married to Michael Putzel. They have two grown children and live in Washington.
CHARACTER: Rose O'Neal Greenhow is fascinating woman, whose double life as a Washington socialite and tough-girl spy is full of intrigue. While she is mentioned in many Civil War books, this is the first book to provide a comprehensive and compelling account of the woman and her times.
THE CIVIL WAR: Blackman's research into the characters of the time--from the Washington political elite to rural Maryland slaves to Rose herself--is formidable, and she provides new perspectives on familiar stories.
WASHINGTON, DC: Wild Rose showcases the young capital city, with landmarks still known today.
AUTHOR: An accomplished journalist and author of an acclaimed biography of Madeleine Albright, Ann Blackman writes with confidence and finesse.