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.
America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. 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.
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White people only. I have never been over-sensitive to racial slurs and/or racism in literature, as long as it is done in the proper context. This book, however, takes racial hatred and ignorance to a level that I found hard to bear.
Well, I thought it was going to be John Jakes" Heaven and Hell", the 3rd book in this series. I'd already purchased it. But I'm returning BOTH books.
Grover Gardner was outstanding. His mastery of the southern and northern accents was great. Plus there are so many different characters in this book, yet he was able to give each its own identity.
ANGER. Anger at a level that I haven't experienced in decades. I actually thought I might hurt somebody by the middle of Part 2 - which was as much as I could take.
This book is very well written and researched. However, John Jakes went a bit far in his depiction of racism among American whites. I have never EVER before been upset by the use of the word "nigger" in books or the description of the oppression and cruelty endured by my people as slaves in this country. I loved Shelby Foote's "Civil War" series because it gave an accurate, unbiased, and non-stereotypical account of that period in American history. I have many books about racism - both fact and fiction - in my Audible.com Library of over 1,400 audiobooks but I don't know what it is about this book which took me over the cusp of what I could handle. Not just as a black person, but as a HUMAN BEING. I sincerely hope that Jakes exaggerated the cruelty, the hatefulness, and the ignorance of white people towards black people in the years before, during and after the Civil War. This account doesn't stress enough the economic necessity for slavery, which I understood, if I didn't actually agree with. Here, Jakes depicts the only need for slavery was because whites merely hated blacks so much - that the only place for us was in chains or having our women raped or, as one character states in this book, to be be freed only to be shot and killed on sight. I was nauseated by John Jakes' characterization of white people towards blacks. No book nor movie has ever made me this sick in my stomach. I'm even more stunned by the fact that I seem to be the only person appalled by this book. This story could have been written without the level of hatred that it depicts. I am left to wonder what was really in Jakes' heart when he wrote this book. It also disturbs me to think that white people are STILL this awful and hateful. For the first time in my life, I am afraid....
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This is not a history of the Civil War. It is a novel set in the circumstances of the war. A tale of two families and the trials and tribulations they suffer because of the state of the union, leading to and in the conduct of the war. As such the book consists of fictional narrative (of considerable length) having a plot that unfolds and entertains. As a story; it is a very enthralling and takes the reader-listener on a very involving journey.
One does not learn the political theory or history but we do learn of the misdeeds of those who took advantage of the tragedy. The how, when where and whys of the corruption that proliferated by war and its profiteers and heathen combatants. The story provides no quarter of protection from evil. It very well explains the human losses that the war caused – not only in lives, and that great loss was ably demonstrated, but the human angst that comes from the many exigencies war brings. All adding up to a difficult to put down read-listen.
Wonderfully written, wonderfully read, and all in all a good journey travelling with the many characters and their war years.
loved it! Same natrorator as the first book, excellent accents performed for different characters, and long and windy plot with all sorts of side stories usually left out of main stream historical depictions.
There were a few slow parts in this book but all in all a very enjoyable listen. This book gave me new insights to the Civil War which I did not previously have and that is also worth something.
With this book, John Jakes has surpassed my wildest hopes. After reading the first book in the series, North and South, I did not think there was any way that the next book could or would be even better, but it was! Grover Gardner has the perfect voice for this novel. His performance was simply stellar! I cannot wait to listen to the third book in this series.
I live in Northern Virginia and had no idea that so many places I pass through regularly and have grown up around have such deep historical significance! I will never be able to look upon my surroundings in the same way. I will always be thinking about what I heard in this wonderful story! The amount of detail and richness in this story is mind-boggling. I have become an enormous fan of John Jakes!
If you enjoy romance, historical fiction, history, or anything to do with the Civil War, you will love this book!
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