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 novel.Demonstrating yet again his consummate skill with weaving fact with fiction to the point of sweeping the reader deep into the emotions of the characters invoved,- Jakes recounts the adventures and tribulations of the two ... more »families involved - the Mains of South Carolina and the Hazards of Pennsylavania - in a land ripped apart by the cataclysm of war.
Far from a time of romantic chivalry and lofty heroism so often deceptively portrayed, these were in all reality the most shattering years of our 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 friendships, the strain and strategies of command, and finally throuigh the heartbreaking loss, terror, lust, courage and above all else - love.
Impeccably researched, Jake's novel spans the five years netween the Unions first disastrous rout and the Confederacy's ultimate surrender. It ranges from New York to Georgia as well as from western deserts to the shipyards at Liverpool. It takes place in capitals and on battlefields,on land and at seas, in bedrooms, bars, bardellos,hospitals, prisons, and ballrooms.It reflects brilliantly the vivid spectrum of human emotions... from their very crests of hope and love to their very pits of despair and hatred.
With its astonishing creativity and unflagging pace, Love and War is a meaningful, compassionate, and haunting experience - a true American epic for the ages.« less