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The Spy of the Rebellion (Pinkerton #18)
In this colorful narrative history, the founder of Pinkerton National Detective agency describes his successful thwarting of an assassination plot against President-elect Lincoln early in 1861 and his exploits as an operative during the crucial years of the Civil War. Allan Pinkerton, using the pseudonym of Major E. J. Allen, headed an espionage organization that fed ...more
Paperback, 666 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by University of Nebraska Press
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Great book. Written in 1883 it is the story of the beginning of the Secret Service which back in those days did not protect the President but founded to spy on the Confederacy. Mr. Pinkerton's writing style is very engaging and gives insight into many of the people who were central to the Civil War.
My copy of this book is old - printed in 1883 - fascinating insights to what eventually became the secret service. Though at the time of Lincoln's presidency - it was truly inadequate. Hence, Lincoln was murdered by a coward as he sat in a rocking chair at Ford's Theatre.
"(25 August 1819 – 1 July 1884) was a Scottish American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. In 1849 Pinkerton was appointed as the first detective in Chicago. In the 1850s, he partnered with Chicago attorney Edward Rucker in forming the North-Western Police Agency, later known as the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and is still in existence today ...moreMore about Allan Pinkerton...
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