North and South

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982 - Fiction - 740 pages
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When their two sons meet as West Point cadets, the southern, plantation-owning Main family and the industrialist Hazards of Pennsylvania find their lives interlocked, as the nation moves toward civil war

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John Jakes is the best historial fiction writer. - Goodreads
It's a bear: 800 pages of ridiculously small font. - Goodreads
There are romances and other plot lines. - Goodreads

Review: North and South (North and South #1)

User Review  - Christina Merrill - Goodreads

Fun historical novel about the (not so) United States in the run-up to the Civil War. I enjoyed the way the regional differences were highlighted. It's hard for us to understand in the days of air ... Read full review

Review: North and South (North and South #1)

User Review  - Lauren Schmidt - Goodreads

Overall, I feel that John Jakes painted a vivid image of Southern and Northern life in this book. Marvelous, just wonderful. I love Orry's character and I loved him even more when Patrick Swayze ... Read full review

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About the author (1982)

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.