Karen Abbott

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Karen Abbott
Born Karen Abbott
(1973-01-23) January 23, 1973 (age 42)
Philadelphia, PA
Occupation Author

Karen Abbott (born January 23, 1973) is an American author of historical non-fiction. Her works include Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.


Sin in the Second City tells the true story of the Everleigh Club, a famous American brothel, and the Club’s proprietors, sisters Ada and Minna Everleigh. American Rose is an account of stripteaser Gypsy Rose Lee.[1] Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy tells the true story of four women who became spies during the Civil War.

Abbott is a contributor to Smithsonian magazine’s history blog, "Past Imperfect", and also writes for "Disunion", the New York Times series about the Civil War.[2]


  • Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul (2007) ISBN 9781400065301
  • American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee (2010) ISBN 9781400066919
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (2014) ISBN 9780062092892


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