First published in 1947, this bestselling historical novel is cherished and remembered as one of the finest retellings of the Civil War saga—America's own War and Peace. In the first hard pinch of the Civil War, five siblings of an established Confederate Virginia family learn that their father is the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln. The family's story, and the story of their descendants, is presented in this tale that includes both soldiers and civilians—complete with their boasting, ambition, and arrogance, but also their patience, valor, and shrewdness. The grandnephew of General James Longstreet, the author brings to life one of the most extraordinary periods in history, and details war as it really is—a disease from which, win or lose, no nation ever completely recovers.
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Ben Ames Williams was the author of 30 novels, including All the Brothers Were Valiant, Come Spring, Leave Her to Heaven, The Strumpet Sea, and The Unconquered.
"A highly absorbing book, especially the author's description of the controverted battle of Gettysburg." Christian Science Monitor
"Continuously instructive." The New Yorker
"Classic historical fiction that you won’t want to end." Historical Novels Review
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin (T), 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M039508329X