Cottage Conversation: Lincoln's Spies

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, join us as Doug Waller discusses his new book, Lincoln’s Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation, which is a story of espionage, sabotage, and intrigue—and of a shrewd president who valued what his operatives uncovered.

Cottage Conversations offer relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president from authors, collectors, and artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception, is followed by the conversation, and concludes with a book signing.

Reception: 6:00 pm, Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center

Conversation: 6:30 pm, President Lincoln’s Cottage

Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. If you’re a Cottage member at the $250 level or above, email Joan Cummins to reserve your ticket: [email protected]

Click here to register for the event.

About the Book:

Lincoln’s Spies is a riveting narrative of the heroes—and the scoundrels—who informed Lincoln and his generals and busted up clandestine Rebel networks. The book’s four spies are Allan Pinkerton, Lafayette Baker, George Sharpe, and Elizabeth Van Lew. Behind these secret operatives was Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, who turned out to be an avid consumer of intelligence and a ruthless aficionado of clandestine operations, willing to take chances to win the war.

About the Speaker:

Douglas Waller is a veteran correspondent, author, and lecturer. In almost two decades as a Washington journalist, he has covered the Pentagon, Congress, the State Department, the White House, and the CIA.

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