Allan Pinkerton: The Original Private Eye
". . .filled with anecdotal accounts of cases involving counterfeiters, bank robbers, Civil War spies, western outlaws, and militant unionists . . . though gripping stories dominate the narrative, Pinkerton's private life and dynamic, if contradictory, personality are not neglected . . . the text is straightforward and chronological . . . black and white photographs and reproductions are large enough to enhance the text . . ."
— School Library Journal, October 1996
"Among Pinkerton's accomplishments recounted . . . are saving Abe Lincoln's life, starting the Secret Service, bringing down the "Irish Mafia, and fighting Jesse James. Pugnacious Allan Pinkerton loved to fight and constantly boasted that he would never be defeated . . . This fascinating story is brought to life with interviews that include Pinkerton's great-great grandson, Frederick Pullman; biographers Judith Pinkerton Josephson, James Mackay, Frank Morn . . ."
— A & E Biography, Behind the Badge series
first aired May 5, 1999
"A complicated man, Pinkerton helped capture lawbreakers, but he also broke the law by using his home as a station in the Underground Railroad. Josephson has unearthed much interesting information, presenting it with many well-chosen photographs.
— Booklist, October 15, 1996
". . . an enjoyable read filled with personal accounts about an interesting man who had many adventures, worked closely with important people of this time, and was full of contradictions. . . The book is nicely laid out with many historic photos and illustrations to give a feel of the times. Recommended for all libraries that have a demand for biographies of historical people."
— Bay Views, October 1996, HIGH ADDITIONAL
"A fascinating biography of North America's greatest private eye! From secret codes, train robbers, war spies and disguises, this book is a page turner. Did Jesse James get the revenge he swore to on Allan Pinkerton? Read and find out."
— Homeschooling News for Ontario