Lincoln's Spymaster by Samantha Seiple

Lincoln's Spymaster

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 tea...


Details Lincoln's Spymaster

TitleLincoln's Spymaster
ISBN9780545708975
Author
Release DateSep 29th, 2015
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History, Childrens, Middle Grade, Historical
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Reviews Lincoln's Spymaster

  • Gerri R.
    1970-01-01
    Good historical read.
  • Diana
    1970-01-01
    This was a great book for young adults that explain how private eyes started in America. It goes into the history of why President Lincoln needed Allan Pinkerton's help for various things during the Civil War and follows with some of the issues the agency had in the years that followed. I actually learned quite a bit from reading this and highly recommend it.
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    I love books which teach you something while you read. This info packed book brings an interesting part of US history to life. Makes me want to learn more.
  • Ms. Yingling
    1970-01-01
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineAfter leaving Scotland, Allan Pinkerton managed to make quite a business as well as a name for himself in investigating. Unlike early police forces, the men AND women he hired were held to high standards of behavior as well as methods of investigating, and as such were used by Lincoln for help during the Civil War as well as other government agencies dealing with difficult issues. The book covers many differ...
  • Alicia
    1970-01-01
    Always enjoying a good nonfiction, it's a bonus because it's a biography. Allan Pinkerton, of which the CIA and FBI based their operations off of, was a dynamic character who didn't shy away from vigilante justice but had a keen eye and an unquenchable drive to succeed, as evidenced by his company literally (if really in name and general theory) even today after having lived during the era if President Abraham Lincoln. The book moved like the gre...
  • Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
    1970-01-01
    This entertaining, narrative biography will enthrall readers with the adventures of America's first private eye. The book documents Pinkerton's humble beginnings as a Scottish immigrant in Illinois and his unlikely rise as Chicago's first detective and onto the national and international stage as predecessors of the FBI. His exploits with some of America's most notorious will engage the most reluctant of readers. A first class thrill ride that wi...
  • Zach Cutting
    1970-01-01
    Imagine that you are in a room full of people that would kill you if they found out your real identity. The spies face these dangers in Lincoln’s Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America’s First Private Eye by Samantha Seiple. It is a nonfiction book about the history of The Pinkerton Detective Agency and all of its dauntless spies. The reader learns how the spy agency affected America during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and countless years afte...
  • Geoff Habiger
    1970-01-01
    3.75 stars, rounding up to 4.I picked up this title as an audio book through my library because the title intrigued me and I have an interest in history in general, and Civil War history. When I checked it out I did not know that this was a title written for a younger audience. While the target audience meant that Samantha couldn't go into the greater depth and detail that an "adult" book would have offered, I was very happy with the information ...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsIt is not easy for biographies to catch and hold my attention. In fact, I almost never pick one up anymore because I simply can't get into them. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It managed to keep me interested all the way until the end. The book is about a man, Allan Pinkerton, who came from a modest background and through skill and initiative became a spy and detective during Lincoln's presidency, and then continued his work ev...
  • Becky B
    1970-01-01
    A history of Allan Pinkerton and his detective agency, their work for Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, and other famous cases like catching outlaws the Reno brothers and the James-Younger gang.This is more a history of the Pinkerton detective agency than biography of Allan Pinkerton. Details of his life take a backstage to the agency's major achievements. It is a fascinating read, though. I devoured it in one sitting. Seiple obviously did ex...
  • Kelly Stalions
    1970-01-01
    I read this for the sole purpose of writing questions for Battle of the Books. I’m not much into history, but this was entertaining. Besides a different take on the Lincoln assassination (actually it was more about unsuccessful attempts), the book also explored a few train robbery gangs, and the James-Younger (as in Jesse James) gang. It was about how Allan Pinkerton defined being a detective in the mid 1800s. He started undercover work as well...
  • Shem Manchala
    1970-01-01
    I thought the book was fairly decent because it included a lot of action/adventure which added suspense to the story. There were many different actions scenes that intensified the story and I wasn't able to close the book because it was so enjoyable. However, I felt like there was unnecessary information in the story in some parts and that there wasn't enough information in the different cases Allan Pinkerton was solving. Like, for instance, ther...
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    Lincoln's Spymaster is a well-researched, extraordinarily fast read, packed to the gills with pictures and info from primary sources. I immediately thought of a few students to recommend it to as soon as I finished. Although I knew a little bit about Pinkerton before reading this book, the book revealed so much of the character of this ambitious, principled, driven lawman that led to development of the FBI.From a foiled assassination plot to the ...
  • Ali Hall
    1970-01-01
    This book is an overview of Allan Pinkerton's life, from where he came all the way through his successes as a detective. It tells of Pinkerton's adventures working for President Lincoln, and then transitions to his work chasing outlaws after the civil war. Samantha Seiple does an excellent job of mixing story and detail. This book is a great because it is easy to read and it tells a wonderful story of history.
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    An interesting read for those who like reading about historical persons and events. I found it intriguing to learn about the history of spying in America. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading a hard copy or ebook version since the book contains photographs and primary documents.
  • Darcie Saunier
    1970-01-01
    This was a decent Children's biography of Allan Pinkerton. I felt like it got a little off topic when dealing with Jesse James and the Younger Gang, though. I also got a little bored reading it, so I feel like I would have to know my patron well in order to really recommend it.
  • John
    1970-01-01
    This was a very intriguing book. My son had it because he was reading it for school. I picked it up, read the first few pages and was hooked. Read the entire thing in a couple of nights. Author is a good storyteller and I learned the history of the Pinkertons.
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    Tells the story of the start of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Reads like an adventure novel. Great for middle school and some 9th/10th graders, too.
  • Karen Arendt
    1970-01-01
    This reads like a great crime novel full of bad guys, good guys, and double crosses.
  • Melinda
    1970-01-01
    The first half of the book eating with the civil war was more insteresting than the last half. Overall enjoyable young adult nonfiction read.
  • Nathaniel
    1970-01-01
    i liked it
  • Yugank Shrestha
    1970-01-01
    Yugank ShresthaMaierEnglish 10H22 October 2016 Lincoln’s Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye Book Review    The Biography about Abraham Lincoln’s private eye or if you want to call him, spy, Allan Pinkerton, definitely met my expectations before I started reading it. At first, my expectations were that this book may not be entertaining and predictable since Abraham Lincoln was a very known person in History. Knowing ...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    Quick, enjoyable read about the Pinkerton Spy Agency -- how it came to be and some of their cases. Perfect for junior high or elementary school aged kids who have to read a biography for school.
  • Daniel
    1970-01-01
    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5This teen and tween biography of Allan Pinkerton, by Samantha Seiple, is just the ticket to get students interested in reading non-fiction.Lincoln's Spymaster is an easy, engaging read. Seiple's writing moves along crisply, telling us what we need to know and making the work of the spy, Allan Pinkerton, sound exciting and dangerous (which it surely was). The book is broken...
  • Kristen
    1970-01-01
    This is a solid biography of Allan Pinkerton, a Scot who emigrated to America and ended up forming a detective agency, establishing the Secret Service for Lincoln in the Civil War, and practicing all kinds of law keeping on railroads & such. Kids who liked Lincoln's Grave Robbers should also enjoy this.
  • Krista
    1970-01-01
    This was a really interesting book about Allen Pinkerton, who is considered America's first private eye. It starts off in IL along the Fox River where Allen was a cooper looking for wood to use to make barrels. He discovered a camp on an uninhabited island. He told police and helped when they went to the island in the middle of the night to break up a counter-fitting ring. From there he became a police deputy and eventually he became Chicago's fi...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    Lincoln's Spymaster: A fascinating history lessonThis fascinating book, geared toward ages 10 to 14, is a great introduction to history. Without talking down to her readers, Seiple conveys Pinkerton’s intriguing and complex career, which spanned the years just before, during, and after the Civil War. Pinkerton stumbled into his career when he alerted local law enforcement of a suspicious campsite, which turned out to be the lair of counterfeite...
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    Having left his Scotland homeland to make his way in the United States as a cooper, Allan Pinkerton happens upon a gang of counterfeiters on a nearby island, and thus begins his career as a detective. Eventually, he's running his own detective agency, a forerunner to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and some of its practices, as he and his employees--men and women--work hard to solve various crimes. Although the book leads readers to expect it...
  • Tyler H
    1970-01-01
    I thought that this book was a very good history related book. I wanted to try and read something new and I am very glad that I chose this book. One reason I chose this book was because Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president. So I thought it would be cool to learn about his spy's, and what they did. Overall I thought this book was a very well written book. To summarize this book, it starts out explaining out how Lincoln and his spy, Allan Pinke...
  • Anne
    1970-01-01
    Allen Pinkerton had to flee Scotland because of political reason. In the US he became an active member of the Underground Railroad in Illinois while also working as a cooper (barrel maker). In a search for wood for his barrels, he found a deserted island with campsite that was currently empty but regularly used. He became suspicious and spied on the site and realized it was being used for illegal purposes. He went to the sheriff and they were abl...