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North and South by John Jakes
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Jun 25, 12

bookshelves: historical-fiction, favorite, family-saga, us-civil-war
Read in June, 2012

I first saw the ABC mini-series in the mid '80s. It's still one of my favorites today. Then, I read the book when I was 19. John Jakes has such a knack for bringing history to life. He interweaves fictional with historical characters so easily. You get such a sense of the turbulence in the years leading up to the Civil War. This book and the entire trilogy is what prompted me to become a History major. This was my second time reading the book, and I loved it even better that the first because I have more reading knowledge and appreciation.

If you're looking to learn about the unrest in this country leading up to the Civil War and to explore the causes and regional views from all angles, look no further than this book. It also offers a great glimpse into the military life at Westpoint.

But its not all history. There are romances and other plot lines. There are characters to both love and hate.


It's a bear: 800 pages of ridiculously small font. But it's so worth it.
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