American Dreams by John Jakes

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From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the epicstory of the Crown family--first introduced in the New York Times bestsellerHomeland. As the second generation comes of age, the Crowns strive to find theirplace in a turbulent America which stands at the dawn of a new century. From thespeedways of Detroit to the unbridled glamour of a young Hollywood, to the daringheights of early aviation--theirs is a story of passion and adventure, glory, andambition, with all the wonder, promise, and splendor of...American Dreams.
 

About John Jakes

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John Jakes is the bestselling author of Charleston, the Kent Family Chronicles, the North and South trilogy, On Secret Service, California Gold, Homeland, and American Dreams. Descended from a soldier of the Virginia Continental Line who fought in the American Revolution, Jakes is one of today's most distinguished authors of historical fiction.
 
Published July 1, 1999 by Signet. 566 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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These dreamers of new American empires include 26-year-old Fritzi Crown, who abandons her family and enters the new-flowering, amazingly fantasy-filled film industry, first as an actress in Westerns filmed in New Jersey, then as a Hollywood star buddying around with Charlie Chaplin, Erich von Str...

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In the competent second volume (after Homeland) of his Crown family chronicles, Jakes portrays America during the turbulent period from 1906 to 1917. Once again, the story centers on the family of Ger

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Once again, Jakes's strength is not in his splashy characters or cluttered plot, but in his knack for splicing in historical celebrities (ranging from Kaiser Wilhelm II to Mack Sennett) and details--Thomas Edison's pursuit of patent royalties on camera parts forced some studios to film in secret ...

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