Heaven and Hell Author:John Jakes Winds of change sweep across the land. The indurtrial 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 tiches, faces the fury of Indian wars which on both sides, grow more atrocious. Everwhere freedom for ... more »thre blacks is subverted or exploited. Everwhere public officials foster corruption on an unrivales scale.
Upon this panorama, vividly realized and impeccably 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 constrasts 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 afair to the terror ractics of the Ku Klux Klan. Heaven and Hell is a portrait of indivuals 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 irrestible.« less