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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I enjoyed both the character development and the plot. - Goodreads
The plot is too contrived. - Goodreads
Its well researched. - Goodreads
Love John Jakes writing. - Goodreads
Excellent historic depiction of the complicated times. - Goodreads
John Jakes is a FABULOUS writer... - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Pritha Hariharan - Goodreads

I picked up this book from a "Little Free Library" in our neighborhood. I am so glad I did! I loved the book, couldn't put it down, and spent every free moment reading it. The characters are gripping ... Read full review

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

User Review  - August Busch - Goodreads

Very good historical fiction, that follows two families before the Civil War. Of course, one family is from the North and the other the South. The two men meet at west point and the rest is history ... 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.