November 6, 2003 in Books

The Hornet’s Nest

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President Carter has written a new book. That’s not really surprising in that he’s written 17 other books since he left the White House. What is surprising is that this book is a novel. He’s the first President to write such a book. I haven’t read it, but the early reviews are positive. So maybe I’ll add it to my never ending list of books to read when it’s released on November 11th. Below is a description of the book as written on

The Hornet’s Nest : A Novel of the Revolutionary War by Jimmy Carter.
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.


  1. November 7, 2003 at 9:36 am


    When I first read the part about “the War of Independence” I thought it was another southener talking about the Civil War. You know, The Civil War a.k.a. “The War of Northern Agression”? 🙂

  2. November 7, 2003 at 12:12 am


    i heard he was writing (or had written) a novel a few months ago. the review sounds great, but i’ll wait for the movie.

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