Search Results: "James A. Michener"


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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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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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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Released: Jan. 1, 1981

"Mostly canned constructiveness and blatant boosterism—but with the pictures here and on TV, it won't displease the multitudes who, understandably, want no truck with talk of 'malaise."
The American Dream is alive and well in Michener's USA—witness the "new optimism" in New England, the prevalence of "racial cooperation" in the Old South, the one-generation ascent of Mexican-Americans in the Southwest. Read full book review >

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THE EAGLE AND THE RAVEN by James A. Michener
Released: Sept. 1, 1990

"Rapid semifiction done in bold strokes, though not densely imagined."
First printing of a novella-sized outtake from Michener's behemoth Texas (1985): the story of the revolution of 1836, which severed Texas from Mexico, and of the duel between firebrand Sam Houston's insurgent Texicans and a punitive Mexican army led by glory-mongering scoundrel Santa Anna. Read full book review >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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PILGRIMAGE by James A. Michener
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"The brief (128-page), happy-talk text has 39 photographs of notables and lesser lights, which include shots of baseball great Start Musial playing the clown in the Colosseum and elsewhere."
A pretentious trifle from a writer whose fiction, whatever its artistic deficiencies, can at least usually be described as substantial. Read full book review >

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TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1946

"Don't well as war stuff, in the ordinary sense, but as stories rooted in the experiences of the last few years."
Strictly popular story telling, good stuff for men, this is well handled material on the ways and means by which a war was fought, and the men who fought, not always with guns, and the carefree moments that broke the tension and monotony. Read full book review >

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CENTENNIAL by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1974

"An amazing amount of history, effortlessly digestible, the source of The Source's great attraction for many of those home historians, since Michener, with his seven league clodhoppers, does cover a lot of ground."
Highly respected scholar-historian Dr. Lewis Vernor is hired by US to re-research a story on Centennial, Colorado. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1959

"Luxuriously bound, an ideal gift selection."
A prodigious collector of the Japanese woodblock, James Michener, popular author of Sayonara and other books on the Far East, offers the reader a panoramic view of the acomplishments of the ukiyo-e (pictures of the fleeting world) masters over a period of two centuries. Read full book review >