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The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War [Paperback]

By Jimmy Carter (Author)
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A novel of the American South during the Revolutionary War follows Ethan Pratt, his wife Epsey, and their neighbors, Kindred and Mavis Morris, as they become caught up in the conflict and the problems confronting local Indian tribes.

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The first work of fiction by a President of the United States -- a sweeping novel of the American South and the War of Independence
In his ambitious and deeply rewarding novel, Jimmy Carter brings to life the Revolutionary War as it was fought in the Deep South; it is a saga that will change the way we think about the conflict. He reminds us that much of the fight for independence took place in that region and that it was a struggle of both great and small battles and of terrible brutality, with neighbor turned against neighbor, the Indians' support sought by both sides, and no quarter asked or given. "The Hornet's Nest" follows a cast of characters and their loved ones on both sides of this violent conflict -- including some who are based on the author's ancestors.
At the heart of the story is Ethan Pratt, who in 1766 moves with his wife, Epsey, from Philadelphia to North Carolina and then to Georgia in 1771, in the company of Quakers. On their homesteads in Georgia, Ethan and his wife form a friendship with neighbors Kindred Morris and his wife, Mavis. Through Kindred and his young Indian friend Newota, Ethan learns about the frontier and the Native American tribes who are being continually pressed farther inland by settlers. As the eight-year war develops, Ethan and Kindred find themselves in life-and-death combat with oppos- ing forces.
With its moving love story, vivid action, and the suspense of a war fought with increasing ferocity and stealth, "The Hornet's Nest" is historical fiction at its best, in the tradition of such major classics as "The Last of the Mohicans."

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The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War by Jimmy Carter has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • New York Times - 11/28/2004 page 30

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Simon & Schuster
Pages   465
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  0743255445  
ISBN13  9780743255448  

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More About Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States, author of numerous books, teacher at Emory University, founder of the Carter Center, and the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Carter worked with Emory University to establish the Carter Center, a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization advances human rights and alleviates human suffering in seventy-five countries worldwide.

Carter is the only U.S. President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize after leaving office.

Jimmy Carter currently resides in Plains, in the state of Georgia. Jimmy Carter was born in 1924 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Miller Center of Public Affairs.

Jimmy Carter has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Library of Contemporary Thought
  2. Religions
  3. Rhetoric and Society

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A thrilling combination of characters interwoven to reveal the lives of those common individuals who could have been our ancestors. Contains enough history to lend credibility and enough fiction to maintain interest. Factual enough to be educational. Recommended reading for those interested in the lives of colonial Americans.
What a bore!  Jun 9, 2006
Jimmy Carter cannot write fiction! His conversations are formal and lecturing. His main fictional character has no passion. This should have been a history book. The sections dealing in the pure history were interesting and informative although I did tend to lose track of which side he was talking about.
Perhaps he should stick to non-fiction.  Jun 4, 2006
I have thoroughly enjoyed several works of non-fiction by President Carter. And I greatly admire him. However, I found this a s-l-o-w read. Some parts of this book were very interesting to me because of the historical insights. But since it was a novel, I expected to find some central characters who reappeared pretty consistently throughout the book. However, just about the time I would become interested in a character, he abandoned that character (sometimes permanently and sometimes for several chapters), leaving me "stranded."

I have always had interest in the social impact of history, including that of wars. Perhaps someone more interested in specific strategy and the details of battles would enjoy this book more than I.
Interesting, engaging...a wonderful, well-told story  Feb 18, 2005
Our former president apparently has many talents. In The Hornet's Nest he weaves a beautiful story that is both inspiring and heartbreaking. The added bonus is that you learn all sorts of interesting facts about the birth of our nation, most of them the things they never taught you in school. Jimmy Carter has a gift for writing and obviously loves the south. Readers will relate to all the characters each representing a different segment of colonial society. From city folks, to frontiersmen, to indians, to slaves, and even the British. Well worth the read!

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