Knowledgeable experts have ranked Elizabeth Van Lew as one of the best female spies of all time. Until Dr. Wyman's comprehensive The Chosen Path, little was known about the full perilous life and valuable contributions of this Richmond, Virginia born socialite who became "Grant's Spy" during the Civil War.
From triumph to tragedy, her life was filled with extraordinary drama. As with most covert operations, her successes were un-heralded. For her overt acts of loyalty to the Union, her rewards were ridicule, threats, unmerciful cruelty, humiliation, and arrest. Why did she do it? How did she do it? The Chosen Path-because of its novel format with dialogue-allows readers to know the true character and motivation-the human side of Miss Van Lew-as well as describing the many intelligence accomplishments of this American Patriot.
Spymaster Elizabeth Van Lew is enshrined in the United States Military Intelligence Hall of Fame along with one of her spies, Elizabeth Bowser, who has been rated the highest placed spy in United States History.