5.0 颗星，最多 5 颗星Important account of Union intelligence agents during the Civil War
2019年8月22日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Doug Waller has provided an in-depth account of the Union's intelligence collection through his portraits of four top agents. His treatment of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union loyalist in Richmond, her motives and exploits in the heart of the Confederacy, is especially notable. In the ebb and flow of Civil War battles, the reader gets a sense of how critical the timeliness and accuracy of good intelligence is for commanders and strategists like Lincoln. Waller's research and outline of his sources is masterful and is especially useful for anyone interested in what's available in the public record and for those who would want to follow up on a specific topic. This book is a must-have for anyone's collection of Civil War history or the history of intelligence during wartime.
While the topic of Union espionage is an interesting one, this book is at best mediocre. The author’s background in intelligence gives him a basis for assessing the covert work profiled but he clearly relied on secondary sources to try to apply the anecdotes and vignettes he profiles into the context of the a Civil War. This sometimes gives the clear impression the author lacks a good understanding of military events, units and personalities. Peter Tsouras’ biography of George Sharpe is in my opinion a much better read on this topic.
5.0 颗星，最多 5 颗星Civil War Spies - Good, Bad, and Ugly
2020年1月21日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Upon opening shots, armies North and South struggled to obtain information on the other. Doug Waller presents an astonishing account of intelligence gathering in the eastern theater of action. The fledgling operations started from scratch and developed through trial and error employing agents spanning the spectrum of competency. Information rich, well-documented, insightful, and imminently readable, the stories of spying successes and failures captivate.
5.0 颗星，最多 5 颗星Fascinating and authoritative history of Civil War written like a Grisham novel
2019年10月15日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Doug Waller has provided an incredibly well-researched account of the impact which military intelligence and spying had upon the outcome of the Civil War. It sheds light on the significance of spying (both effective and ineffective attempts) on the primary chronological progressions of the War. The research bibliography and acknowledgments are extensive. I enjoyed the account from beginning to end.