Search Results: "James A. Michener"


BOOK REVIEW

PRESIDENTIAL LOTTERY by James A. Michener
Released: April 18, 1964

"He thinks it is possible to accomplish the necessary changes before 1972 and his book is an urgent appeal to do so."
In August of 1968 Michener was asked to become a Presidential elector in his home state of Pennsylvania by the Democratic Chairman of his County. Read full book review >

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TEXAS by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1985

"Overall, Michener tames Texas, and if in doing so he flattens some of its flair, he presents its history as a comprehensive and readable whole."
This is a long story, the whole history of Texas, from its very beginnings, as far back as 1540 when the Spanish nobleman Francisco Vasquez de Coronado led an expedition from Mexico to search the northern wilds for gold. Read full book review >

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MEXICO by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Genteel, free of epic overkill, safe for all ages, although kids may ask, 'What's a bullfight?"
The master of The Big National Treatment (Caribbean, Alaska, Poland, etc.) moves Mexico and Mexican history to the background of a novel about the passions, fine points, and meaning of bullfighting. Read full book review >

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HAWAII by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1959

"It's an enormously interesting story of human beings — at many levels of struggle —and rewards the very considerable contribution the reader must bring to its reading."
This is Michener's most ambitious book, but at times it almost falls of its own weight in the immense scope of time and place and people projected. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD IS MY HOME by James A. Michener
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The guess here is that fans and foes alike will find the discontinuous, digressive, and quite delightful narrative at hand as much to their separate tastes as ever."
Altogether engaging if decidedly selective reminiscence from the peripatetic writer (not "author," he stresses) who's one of the world's most successful storytellers. Read full book review >

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LEGACY by James A. Michener
Released: Sept. 14, 1987

"Michener's flag-waving a tough pill to swallow ('the free world must not sit back and let the Reds run rampant'), many (500,000 first printing) will enjoy Michener's birthday present to the Constitution on its bicentennial."
Michener's shortest novel is his timeliest as well, a slick, wide-eyed paean to the Constitution that uses the Iran-contra scandal as a springboard to chronicle one family's historic passion for the American heritage. Read full book review >

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MY LOST MEXICO by James A. Michener
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Here, in explaining how he conceived characters and action, and how the novel shaped and reshaped itself, Michener offers solid nuts-and-bolts insight into the writing process—making this of moderate interest to aspiring authors, as well as to Michener fans who just can't get enough."
Michener's lost Mexico is, of course, Mexico (p. 1148)—his new, congenial epic about our southern neighbor. Read full book review >

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THE NOVEL by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 1991

"Michener turns a big chunk of the book world into an easily digested stew only the undemanding will find nourishing or tasty."
Michener now shifts his fictionalizing, schoolmasterly talents to the contemporary world of book publishing, offering clear explanations of simple phenomena but grossly oversimplifying complex issues and people. Read full book review >

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THE FIRES OF SPRING by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1949

"A book to assess for a particular market, rather than to accept on the author's earlier achievement."
The Pulitzer Prize winner- with his memorable Tales of the South Pacific — is not an author to be passed over lightly. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 1953

"Full Life production and big guns from the publisher may make this happy-talk for the bookseller."
The complex operations of a task force in February Korean waters range from sea to land and air as the vulnerable but elusive bridges of Toko-Ri, over which pass Communist supplies for the central and eastern fronts and which are guarded by concentrated mountains, narrow passes and gun emplacements, are the targets for destruction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"Not all will agree with the specifics of Michener's arguments; still, the author makes an admirable effort to define what has made our country great and how to preserve what is best about it."
In a stirring essay on America's past and future, octogenarian novelist Michener (The World is My Home, 1992, etc.) outlines his native land's strong and weak points, and his hopes and fears for America's future. Read full book review >

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POLAND by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1983

"But look to the bestseller lists nonetheless: the facts are piled high, the title is in the headlines, the byline is inescapable."
The dullest, if timeliest, history lesson yet from Michener Junior College—following three Polish clans (noble, petty-noble, peasant) from 1204 A.D. to the present, but with little of the uplifting, dynastic sweep of this mechanical Michener-format at his best. Read full book review >