Search Results: "James A. Michener"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SOURCE by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1965

"June Book-of-the-Month Club selection."
This endless diorama of gods, graves and a scholar begins at the archaeological site of an American, Cullinan, at Makor (in old Hebrew- The Source). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUALITY OF LIFE by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1970

"Whatever happened, in fact, to editors who had the courage to say 'no' even to best-selling authors?"
Mr. Michener is modest about his ability to turn out this kind of book, which is a series of reflections on "where we are and where we are likely to go" as we approach the American bicentennial. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPORTS IN AMERICA by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: June 29, 1976

"The sedentary prose misses the grace, drive, and glamour of athletic meets but Michener, earnest and reform-minded, is sincerely sorry that the honest competition of times past has become a money-grubbing jungle."
Michener's encyclopedic overview of today's sports scene is prompted by his gratitude for the lifelong enjoyment he's derived from competitive games and by the pained recognition that sports have changed—for the worse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RASCALS IN PARADISE by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1956

"Here is a book for very special tastes, but —combining as it does, research and scholarship (A. Grove Day was a professor at the University of Hawaii) with a gift for spinning a yarn and depicting character (Michener, journalist and novelist, needs no introduction)- those tastes will have a far reach."
Ten adventurers whose stage was the Pacific, and who played their parts over four hundred years (1595 to 1953) have been chosen by the authors as examples of men (and one woman) whose choice for a way of escape lay in the Pacific. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOURNEY by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 1989

"Lutton to commemorate the expedition—this is a mere day-trip through Michener's heavy-handed prose and easy travel, no doubt a best-seller."
Cut from the manuscript of Alaska, written in the same flat, fact-filled style, this chapter from the Klondike Gold Rush recounts a disastrous English expedition doggedly intent on reaching the gold fields without straying from Empire soil. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARIBBEAN by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1989

"Michener is always Michener: this almanac in narrative form will give his huge following a lot of new information painlessly without putting them through any deeply imagined fictional experience."
Is anywhere on earth safe from Michener's roving eye? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KENT STATE by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1971

"As a work of interpretive journalism, it is far less scrupulous than I. F. Stone's Killings At Kent State (1970)."
Michener and staff have produced a collage, now appearing in the Reader's Digest, of graphic second-hand accounts, reconstructions of student life and town sentiment, interpretations and misinterpretations of the Kent State events of May 1970. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPACE by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1982

"Big-Book readership."
America's space program, from WW II roots to the 1980s, is the subject of Michener's new mega-faction—so those readers who relished the dynasty/historical-romance aspects of his multi-century epics (Chesapeake, The Covenant, etc.) are likely to be disappointed by the smaller scope and quieter action here. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHESAPEAKE by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 1978

"That considerable gift, together with the immense Michener clout, is sure to send millions of readers plunging into what seems like a million blandly readable pages of humdrum history and formula fiction."
Without the frame or the focus that loosely held Centennial together, this massive but arbitrarily fragmented East-Coast community history—a Maryland island, 1583-1978—is almost devoid of traditional novelistic pleasure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IBERIA by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1968

"In any case, it will travel—and the Book-of-the-Month Club selection is just another assurance of its predictable popularity."
Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some 500 pages in relatively small print, has seen and reviewed Spain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RETURN TO PARADISE by James A. Michener
Released: April 23, 1951

"The quality of the writing will do the rest."
Michener can write and he has a flair for selection of material that fits his pen. 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 >