Homeland by John Jakes

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A monumental American novel about one man’s rise from life as a penniless immigrant to the head of a family empire

In the tradition of great writers like Charles Dickens and John Steinbeck, John Jakes crafts a sweeping family drama. In late-nineteenth-century Chicago, the tragedies and triumphs of the Crowns illustrate the power of the American Dream. As immigrants to America, their turbulent story spans a decade marked by the vicious Pullman Strike, the birth of motion pictures, and the Spanish-American War. Against this backdrop of technological change, industrial-scale greed, and political corruption, the Crowns emerge a true dynasty and one of Jakes’s most fascinating families. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

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John Jakes was born in Chicago in 1932. He studied acting at Northwestern University, where he began writing professionally during his freshman year. Later he enrolled in a creative writing program at DePauw University and received a master's degree in American literature from Ohio State University. Early in his career Jakes wrote copy for a pharmaceutical company and various ad agencies, and authored dozens of short stories encompassing western, mystery and science fiction themes. In March 1973, Jakes commenced work on The Kent Family Chronicles, a multi-volume set portraying American history through the lives of a fictional family. Later works include North and South (1982), California Gold (1989), Homeland (1993), and American Dreams. Six of his major novels have been filmed as television miniseries, and North and South remains one of the highest rated miniseries in the history of television. Jakes is actively involved in the adaptation of North and South for the Broadway stage. John Jakes has been hailed as the godfather of the historical novel, and America's history teacher.
Published July 10, 2012 by Open Road Media. 1204 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Travel, Westerns. Fiction

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The bestselling author of North and South returns with a new first-rate historical series that begins in 1890s Berlin, where young Pauli Kroner ekes out a living as a kitchen helper in a posh hotel. W

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When his consumptive aunt dies, the orphaned Pauli books steerage to America, hoping to be reunited with his wealthy uncle, Joseph Crown, who fought for the Union Army and now heads a brewery empire in Chicago.

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Noble Berlin urchin Pauli Kroner valiantly sails to Ellis Island, walks to Chicago to join his wealthy brewer uncle, survives labor riots and family dysfunction, wins-then loses-then wins back a fabulously wealthy and beautiful maiden, and embarks on a longed-after career in moving pictures.

Jul 16 1993 | Read Full Review of Homeland

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