Love and War Author:John Jakes Seldom, if ever, has the intensity and sweep of the Civil War been revealed with such deep emotion and truth as in this towering novel. Demonstrating once again his consummate skill in weaving fiction with fact, John Jakes recounts the adventures of two unforgettable families, the Hazards of Pennsylvania and the Mains of South Carolina, in a la... more »nd ripped apart by the cataclysm of war.
Far from a time of romantic chivalry and lofty heroism so often and deceptively portrayed, these were in reality the most shattering years in our nation's history. The characters in this searing epic find their destiny in the reality and totality of conflict through the carnage of battle, the shadows of espionage, the glory of friendship, the strategies of command; through heartbreaking loss, terror, lust, courage, and above all, love.
Impeccably researched, Jakes's saga spans the five fiery years between the Union's first disastrous rout and the Confederacy's ultimate surrender. It ranges from New York to Georgia, from the western deserts to the shipyards at Liverpool. It takes place in capitals and on battlefields, on land and at sea, in bedrooms, bars, bordellos, hospitals, prisons, ballrooms. It reflects brilliantly the vivid spectrum of human emotions.« less