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Heaven and Hell, Conclusion of the North and South Trilogy
Heaven and Hell Conclusion of the North and South Trilogy Author:John Jakes Winds of change sweep across the land. The industrial North, its strength turned to commerce, has little compassion for the vanquished. The embittered South, shackled by occupation, conspires against the vengeful victor. The West, ripe with riches, faces the fury of Indian wars which, on both sides, grow more atrocious. Everywhere freedom fo... more »r blacks is subverted or exploited, Everywhere, public officials foster corruption on an unrivaled scale.
Upon this panorama, vividly realized and impeccable researched, John Jakes continues the saga of two American families, the Mains of South Carolina and the Hazards of Pennsylvania. Interweaving intense, searing personal adventures with historic events, he conjures a stunning array of contrasts--from the elegance of an exclusive club to a squalid frontier bordello, from the ceremonial impeachment of President Johnson to the blood bath of the Washita Massacre, from the tenderness of a love affair to the terror tactics to the Ku Klux Klan.
HEAVEN AND HELL is a portrait of individuals in crisis in the aftermath of war. It is, by turns, hard-bitten, romantic, violent, bawdy, gentle, comic, lyrical, haunting. Its pace is swift, its story irresistible...« less