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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GREAT characters and very good writing. - Goodreads
Its well researched. - Goodreads
Excellent historic depiction of the complicated times. - Goodreads
I also found the plot to be realistic. - Goodreads
Love John Jakes writing. - Goodreads
John Jakes is a FABULOUS writer... - Goodreads

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

User Review  - nella - Goodreads

Not great-- soap opera and badly written women, gross sex descriptions and predictable for even the casual historian. Still. There is merit in the entertainment. Guess I'll read the rest of the trilogy... Read full review

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

User Review  - Bernadette - Goodreads

What a lot of old rubbish. I read it because I paid for it and it was a tiny bit interesting. It is really dated and has nothing to say about people. The historic aspects were what kept me going. The ... Read full review

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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.