The North and South Trilogy: North and South, Love and War, and Heaven and Hell

The North and South Trilogy: North and South, Love and War, and Heaven and Hell

John Jakes

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John Jakes’s bestselling saga of two families brought together and then torn apart by war, available as a digital bundle for the first time
In North and South, the first volume of John Jakes’s acclaimed and sweeping saga, a friendship is threatened by the divisions of the Civil War. In the years leading up to the Civil War, one enduring friendship embodies the tensions of a nation. Orry Main from South Carolina and George Hazard from Pennsylvania forge a lasting bond while training at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Together they fight in the Mexican-American War, but their closeness is tested as their regional politics diverge. As the first rounds are fired at Fort Sumter, Orry and George find themselves on different sides of the coming struggle. In John Jakes’s unmatched style, North and South launches a trilogy that captures the fierce passions of a country at the precipice of disaster.
In Love and War, the Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones. With his impeccable research and unfailing devotion to the historical record, John Jakes offers his most enthralling and enduring tale yet.
In Heaven and Hell, the battle between the Mains and Hazards—and Confederate and Union armies—comes to a brilliant end. The last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families. As the Mains’ South smolders in the ruins of defeat, the Hazards’ North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress. Both the nation and the families’ long-standing bond hover on the brink of destruction. In the series’ epic conclusion, Jakes expertly blends personal conflict with historical events, crafting a haunting page-turner about America’s constant change and unyielding hope. 

This “entertaining [and] authentic dramatization” (The New York Times) is a thrilling tale of shifting loyalties, set during one of the darkest moments in American history.

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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)















you know.” He felt as if she had shone a great light down into a pit within him, a pit where he hid thoughts and feelings of which he was ashamed. Her perception angered him. But, as always, he could never be angry with her for long. Perhaps—the insight came suddenly—perhaps love existed in its truest, deepest form when one partner saw into the soul of the other and never shrank from what was discovered there. He managed a weary laugh. “I reckon you’ve found my secret. Hard work and these

profession in the traditional sense, no office, no visible source of income, though he’d lived in the city twenty-five years. The only term to describe his circumstances during the last sixteen was opulent. Reporters new to Washington—young men, usually, and long on nerve, short on wisdom—sometimes described him as a lobbyist. The totally foolhardy substituted the words influence peddler. Elkanah Bent didn’t know a great deal about Starkwether’s affairs, but he did know that calling the man a

does. That is an observation, not an excuse for inaction. We cannot avoid the inescapable, George. West Point is at war.” He plucked the cigar from his mouth. “What’s that, sir?” “At war. Those of us who love the place must campaign as if the enemy has formidable leadership—which it does—” He whacked Greeley’s newspaper. “We must fight with intelligence, zeal, our whole soul—and never admit to even the remotest possibility of defeat. We shall not cower. We shall not wait passively to have our

catch up, either. You plow an acre, ten minutes later a battery of artillery gallops across it, and you start over.” “The superstitious boys say our luck’s turned bad. Sharpsburg might have been a victory instead of a stand-off if the Yankees hadn’t found those cigars wrapped in a copy of Lee’s order. Courage doesn’t count for much against bad luck—or the numbers the other side can muster.” But Cooper had spoken of the numbers long ago, hadn’t he? Warned of them. Charles shivered in the dark.

absolutely powerless. That’s the strangest part.” “No, it isn’t. I understand perfectly.” George knew Orry had said something, but he was too excited to hear the words, or the note of melancholy in his friend’s voice. A distant whistle sounded the last call for the lighter. George shook Patrick Flynn’s hand. “Good-bye, sir. You’ve been wonderful to a stranger.” “You’re no longer a stranger, lad,” the lawyer said with a swift glance at his daughter. Constance had put on a light shawl and was

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