John Jakes continues the fascinating story of the Crown family dynasty in Chicago. Moving from 1906 to 1917, American Dreams brings to life a brash young nation taking its place on an international stage as the children of the German-immigrant Crown family prepare themselves for the excitement of a new century.As Fritzi Crown becomes a movie star, her younger brother Carl seeks greater thrills in flying planes while their cousin Paul finds his destiny filming the destruction wrought by World War I to show Americans back home. From the early carefree days of a new century to the stark realities of the first world war, American Dreams careens through a decade of change and the men and women who colored a nation's future.As he has in his previous bestsellers, John Jakes combines deep historical research with a powerful story peopled by characters both vivid and memorable. American Dreams once again brings Jakes? legions of readers the drama and passion that are his hallmarks. ? Fans have eagerly been waiting five years for the sequel to The New York Times bestselling Homeland. ? John Jakes? meticulous research make his sagas authentic in historical detail. ? John Jakes has had thirteen books on The New York Times bestseller list.