Lincoln's Spymaster

Lincoln's Spymaster
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September 29, 2015
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From Samantha Seiple, the award winning author of Ghosts in the Fog, comes the first book for young adults to tell the story of Allan Pinkerton, America's first private eye. Lincoln's Spymaster tells the dangerous and action-packed adventures of Allan Pinkerton, America's first private eye and Lincoln's most trusted spymaster. Pinkerton was just a poor immigrant barrel-maker in Illinois when he stumbled across his first case just miles from his home. His reputation grew and people began approaching Pinkerton with their cases, leading him to open the first-of-its-kind private detective agency. Pinkerton assembled a team of undercover agents, and together they caught train robbers, counterfeiters, and other outlaws. Soon these outlaws, including Jesse James, became their nemeses. Danger didn't stop the agency! The team even uncovered and stopped an assassination plot against president-elect Abraham Lincoln! Seeing firsthand the value of Pinkerton's service, Lincoln funded Pinkerton's spy network, a precursor to the Secret Service. Allan Pinkerton is known as the father of modern day espionage, and this is the first book for young adults to tell his story!

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Reminiscent of James Swanson's Chasing Lincoln's Killer, Lincoln's Spymaster is a great addition to any young reader's shelf of historical nonfiction. This part of history is not often told and is very intriguing. Seiple's book covers different investigations that occurred during the time of Lincoln and Pinkerton; from an attempt on Lincoln's life, outlaws in the wild west, and issues with the Pinkerton company.

Truth be told, although I had heard about Pinkerton in passing while reading about Lincoln and other aspects of the time period, I knew very little about the man and his company. This is a sure jumping off point for many young readers. It got me interested in learning more and researching on my own.

What left me wanting more?I thought it would go more in depth about Pinkerton's time with Lincoln, but instead it covers a broader time span. While it wasn't what I expected, I really appreciate the wider scope in the long run.

Any reader interested in time of Lincoln, crime, and investigations will love this book to help jump start further inquiry into the time period. This will definetly be on my classroom nonfiction shelf.
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