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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Hepburn Milton Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Civil War conjures images of blood-soaked battlefields in the United States, but few are aware of the equally important diplomatic and intelligence contest that raged between the North and South in Europe. While the Confederacy sought Great Britain as a strategic ally, the Union utilized diplomacy and espionage to avert both the construction of a Confederate navy and the threat of war with England.

At the forefront of the international fray was Thomas Haines Dudley, the American consul in Liverpool and “the father of modern American intelligence.” As the Confederates determined to utilize British shipyards, Dudley established a network of agents throughout England to report on enemy activities and, ultimately, to negate foreign intervention in the American Civil War.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Milton’s finely crafted work is a story of intrigue and deception that adds another vital element to the international dimensions of the American Civil War.”

    Howard Jones, author of Union in Peril

  • “A convincing and splendidly succinct account of Dudley’s considerable and even vital contribution to the Union’s triumph.”

    Brian Jenkins, author of Britain and the War for the Union, volumes 1 and 2

  • Lincoln’s Spymaster is a convincing, succinctly told story of Dudley’s successful contributions to the Union’s war effort…Milton’s impressively researched book reads like a spy novel. He makes history come alive with a worthy contribution to Civil War literature.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 12/20/2009

    " This is really an amazing tale of spycraft in Civil War Liverpool with Dudley the American agent ("station chief") working angles and unfolding plots with violent denoument on the high seas. It really highlights in detail the complicated role Britain played in the American Civil War. "

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About the Author

David Hepburn Milton is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Oregon, and author of The Politics of US Labor: From the Great Depression to the New Deal. He and his wife, Nancy Dall Milton, coauthored The Wind Will Not Subside: Years in Revolutionary China 1964–1969, cited in the New York Times Best Books of the Year list, 1976. He also co-edited the Random House China Reader: People’s China.