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The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 11, 2003
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Carter continues to have one of the most productive and varied post-political careers of any former U.S. president. A prodigious writer with 16 works of nonfiction to his credit, Carter turns to fiction with this account of the Revolutionary War as fought in the Deep South. Because most of the accessible literature revolves around battles fought in New England and the Middle Atlantic colonies, it is easy to overlook the fierce fighting that took place in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. The plot revolves around the migration of newlyweds Ethan and Epsey Pratt from Philadelphia to a homestead in Georgia. When the War for Independence heats up, the Pratts and their friends and neighbors--many of them Quakers--are forced into the vortex of historical events beyond their control. What Carter lacks in narrative style and characterization, he more than makes up for in the breadth of historical fact and detail interwoven into this obvious labor of love. It is not surprising that a history-maker would turn to history for fictional inspiration; what is surprising is the effectiveness of his debut effort. Margaret Flanagan
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"The Hornet's Nest is a bold book with a big cast of characters and numerous plots."
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What earns this four stars is the research that went behind this book, and the depiction of the American south during the Revolutionary War, in the form of a readable novel. That Carter was able to find so much of this information before the internet is both fascinating and awesome to me. Even though it is fiction, our former president somehow put what happened into a tangible story form that makes you remember. I do genealogy, and this book gave me the key to find out why much of the Quaker side of my family started off in Georgia and Virginia and moved north. I have access to Ancestry's card files online, and as I put together my own family's past, piece by piece, I keep remembering this book. Carter already put some of it together for me, after a manner, without even knowing it. With every little bit I uncover in some document, I think back to this book, and I am impressed at its accuracy. The Quakers were persecuted by both the English and the settlers. The novel also portrays the mindset that helped create the south after the country was formed. These are the missing parts in history that are not taught in public schools; the parts that might capture the interest of children. Carter may not be a particularly engaging novel writer, but he can put a story together in a tangible and relevant way. This book is a irreplaceable piece of my home library.
Savannah which inspired me to read this book. We also had the privilege of attending President Carter's Bible study in May. He is doing quite well and the Bible Study was excellent. This book is well written and the character development was very good considering this is his first novel. Checking some of the incidents that he writes about, I found his depictions were very accurate. My interest was kept at a high level throughout the book and I am inspired now to read more about the revolutionary war. Highly recommended, particularly to find out about the war action in the South.
gleaned from this book. This is a must read for those who are interested in the history of our great country. Our history books should be expanded
to include more of the story of the South in our Revolution. I was a student who really did pay attention in history class as it was taught in
Pennsylvania in the 40s and 50s. I am one of those who are appalled at the lack of history being taught in our schools in these days.
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ar book as this, as they are so few.