VGC.Doubleday,1993.First US edition-first printing(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1).Brown hardback with black borders(silver lettering to the spine) with Dj(a couple of creases,nicks and scratches on the Dj cover),both in VGC.Nice and clean pages with two ink marks and small nick on the outer edges,two pencil marks impressions and a small pen mark on the edge of the first page of the book,small nick and crease on the edges of the pages.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear inside the Dj cover.787pp including Author's note,afterword.Price un-clipped.Heavy book(approx. 1.3 Kg). This is another paragraph From Publishers Weekly: The bestselling author of North and South returns with a new first-rate historical series that begins in 1890s Berlin, where young Pauli Kroner ekes out a living as a kitchen helper in a posh hotel. When his consumptive aunt dies, the orphaned Pauli books steerage to America, hoping to be reunited with his wealthy uncle, Joseph Crown, who fought for the Union Army and now heads a brewery empire in Chicago. Surviving a long, perilous journey, Pauli meets his American relatives, among them Aunt Ilsa, whose progressive views cause almost as much friction in the family as eldest son Joe Jr.'s alliance with the socialist labor movement. Pauli unexpectedly falls in love with Julie Vanderhoff, strong-willed daughter of a Chicago meat-packing millionaire who hates foreigners, further complicating the drama. Jakes portrays the Crowns, leading civic figures in Chicago, moving among a crowd of influential and important people, including Jane Addams, Teddy Roosevelt and Eugene Debs. Chock-full of fascinating period detail, his captivating story brings to life the sounds, smells and tastes of turn-of-the-century America in a manner comparable to Michener's Hawaii and Doctorow's Ragtime .