This is a smart, fun, interesting, and touching history book. It is about four women in the Civil War on both sides of the war. Two women from the Union and two from Confederacy are the leads. Karen Abbott gives the reader full background information about the four women and she gives what happened to them after the war. The story Abbott tells is almost unbelievable. These four women from very different backgrounds get involved in every aspect of the war. They spy, lie, cheat, and seduce all the information they need from the men around them. But the women are also understandable. They are doing what they believe to be best for their nations. They believe in a greater good and are willing to sacrifice for it. Abbott does great research with full notes at the end of the text.