Reading and Book-signing at New Dominion Bookshop:
Friday, May 13 at 5:30 PM
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman will present selections from
Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil War
by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
Originally self-published as In the Lion’s Den, this compelling debut was praised by the director of the prestigious Langum Prize as “very well written and a pleasure to read . . . presents an aspect of the Civil War saga that is out of the ordinary.” Now Ballantine publishes Hoffman’s novel for a broader audience just in time for the Civil War sesquicentennial.
The novel explores a little-known yet pivotal moment in the Civil War in a story brimming with loyalty, courage, love, and international intrigue. Based on the lives of the son and grandson of John Quincy Adams, as recorded in their memoirs and wartime correspondence, this engrossing saga reveals how close America came to experiencing a very different future.
“Brings the era to life with considerable sophistication and narrative flair.” —Joseph J. Ellis, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“A stirring tale of diplomacy and intrigue in America’s most precarious hour . . . a compelling read and masterly history as well.” —David Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Freedom from Fear
About the Author
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, PhD, is a winner of the Allan Nevins Prize for Literary Distinction in the Writing of History. She holds the Dwight Stanford Chair in American foreign relations at San Diego State University and is the author of several books of history. Dr. Hoffman is a native Californian, graduate of Stanford, wife, and mother of four. BROKEN PROMISES, which she began writing on a Fulbright grant, is her first novel.