Search Results: "James A. Michener"


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 >

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Released: Dec. 7, 1954

"With the world's finest collections housed in Boston, Chicago and New York, this should stimulate interest."
This bids fair to be an exciting gift book for a highly specialized market- and an important addition to the art reference shelves of large public libraries. 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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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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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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SAYONARA by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 1953

"The Bridges of Toko-Ri, which might be more practical in its understanding and tolerance."
Along the "Butterfly" theme is this story of the incorruptible young officer, Major Lloyd Gruver, West Point '44 and Korean war ace, whose smug belief that he will follow the career laid out by his Father is taken to pieces and put together again by , number one girl of a Takarazuka troup, who gives him the love and tenderness that makes him a whole man. 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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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 >

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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 >