North and South by John Jakes
( Trilogy Part One)

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Dullish but decent saga fare, then, with the Jakes byline sure to bring in a large, undemanding audience.


The first volume of John Jakes’s acclaimed and sweeping saga about a friendship threatened by the divisions of the Civil War

In the years leading up to the Civil War, one enduring friendship embodies the tensions of a nation. Orry Main from South Carolina and George Hazard from Pennsylvania forge a lasting bond while training at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Together they fight in the Mexican-American War, but their closeness is tested as their regional politics diverge. As the first rounds are fired at Fort Sumter, Orry and George find themselves on different sides of the coming struggle. In John Jakes’s unmatched style, North and South launches a trilogy that captures the fierce passions of a country at the precipice of disaster.

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. 820 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Westerns. Fiction
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Above average
on Feb 12 1981

Dullish but decent saga fare, then, with the Jakes byline sure to bring in a large, undemanding audience.

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on Apr 13 2011

This trilogy of bestselling novels winds throughout three generations – before, during, and after the US Civil War – of two families.

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Reviewed by John Sprague on Dec 14 2011

This books gives a closer view of what life was like in this time and can be seen through the eyes of these two families of Pennsylvania and South Carolina. The strong characters of these families and their changing attitudes give a wonderful understanding of history...

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