Broken Promises

A Novel of the Civil War

By Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345524553, 325pp.)

Publication Date: March 29, 2011

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Originally published as "In the Lion's Den"
Winner of the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Fiction
Director's Mention, Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction
1861: The war that's been brewing for a decade has exploded, pitting North against South. Fearing that England will support the Confederate cause, President Lincoln sends Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy Adams, to London. But when Charles arrives, accompanied by his son Henry, he discovers that the English are already building warships for the South. As Charles embarks on a high-stakes game of espionage and diplomacy, Henry reconnects with his college friend Baxter Sams, a Southerner who has fallen in love with Englishwoman Julia Birch. Julia's family reviles Americans, leaving Baxter torn between his love for Julia, his friendship with Henry, and his obligations to his own family, who entreat him to run medical supplies across the blockade to help the Confederacy. As tensions mount, irrevocable choices are made--igniting a moment when history could have changed forever.

About the Author
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman is Dwight E. Stanford Professor of American Foreign Relations at San Diego State University and a National Fellow at Stanford University s Hoover Institution.
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