Centennial

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Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. ...

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Overview

Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of the legendary West—and the entire country.
 
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“A hell of a book . . . While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”Los Angeles Times
 
“An engrossing book . . . imaginative and intricate . . . teeming with people and giving a marvelous sense of the land.”The Plain Dealer
 
“Michener is America’s best writer, and he proves it once again in Centennial. . . . If you’re a Michener fan, this book is a must. And if you’re not a Michener fan, Centennial will make you one.”The Pittsburgh Press
 
“An absorbing work . . . Michener is a superb storyteller.”BusinessWeek

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“A hell of a book . . . While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”Los Angeles Times
 
“An engrossing book . . . imaginative and intricate . . . teeming with people and giving a marvelous sense of the land.”The Plain Dealer
 
“Michener is America’s best writer, and he proves it once again in Centennial. . . . If you’re a Michener fan, this book is a must. And if you’re not a Michener fan, Centennial will make you one.”The Pittsburgh Press
 
“An absorbing work . . . Michener is a superb storyteller.”BusinessWeek
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449214190
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 1056
  • Sales rank: 102,322
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Biography

James Albert Michener is a Pulitzer prize-winning author reknowned for his historical epics. A prolific novelist and relentless researcher, Michener wrote over books. Despite his substantial commercial success, he was known to be a humble man and a was an active philanthropist. His many beloved works include Tales of the South Pacific, which was adapted for Broadway and film as South Pacific, Hawaii and The Source.

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    1. Also Known As:
      James Albert Michener (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1907
    1. Date of Death:
      October 16, 1997
    2. Place of Death:
      Austin, Texas

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

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    If you haven't read this book, read it!

    One day, I was exploring my grandmas basement. As I was looking at all of the old books, just glancing at them, I came across an old, old book. It was called, Centennial. The book looked as if it would fall apart it was so old. I walked by it. Just moved on. Then, I heard my grandma call me upstairs. I started to leave the basement. But then, I turned around and grabbed this book, called Centennial, and ran upstairs. It was that night that I started reading it. It was good from the start. I was happy with everything about it and could not put it down. I am an 11 year old girl, and I love the book. I know it may take a while to finish, but it will be worth it. I am so glad that I decided to run back and pick this book off of my grandmas old book shelf, so old that it's barely standing today.
    Read this book and you will love it!

    -Book_Worm_1998

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2005

    A Masterpiece

    Michener's majestic and sweeping history of the American West is brought to life in this epic tale of people and places thrown together by breathtaking endeavor. In Centennial Michener manages spectacularly to weave episodes of modern fictional history from the tumultuous geological events that shaped the area of Colorado millions of years previous. By telling the entire history of the American West, from the geological upheavals that formed the New Rockies, from the dinosaurs and early mammals, from the early native American inhabitants, from the fur trappers and traders, from the cowboys and from the insidious Indian wars, right through to modern man's violent manipulation of the land, Centennial is as much an evocative triumph of a novel as it is an education. The characters will become part of your life as you read about them and their adventures. You will also feel a sad sense of loss at their passing. As you read through Centennial you will gather the pace of nostalgia and the fiction will stay with as if it were fact. As for me, I read this book three times as a teenager and am now reading it again with the same fresh anticipation more than twenty years later. A true blockbuster, a story with soul, from a master storyteller and an amazing book that you shouldn't miss.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    The history of the western states come alive in this story!

    If you are interested in the history of the western US then this book is for you. Its got everything from dinosaurs to the indians and their their horses to the settlers and cattle ranchers. Mr. Michener creates a story filled with western lore and fascinating fictional characters.

    There are maps included to keep you oriented as to where you are as Mr. Michener makes the vast praires and mountains come to life with his excellent narration. Its a wonderful story of the far west's history. Enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    Michener's Greatest

    This is probably Michener's greateset book. With over 1,000 pages it is a long read but well worth the time spent. Many have complained about the long first two chapters not being relevent to the story, however the stories DO connect with many of the later chapters in subtle but informative ways. I highly recommend Centennial to anyone interested in old west.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2001

    My Favorite Book - Bar None

    I have no idea how many times that I have read this book. It has never lost its hold on me. I also have the 12 tape VHS series. It shows what television could be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

    As great as the tv miniseries was, the book is far superior. I

    As great as the tv miniseries was, the book is far superior. I cannot count the times I've read Centennial. Being familiar with the area written about, I consider this book to be very accurate historical fiction. Once you've read Centennial, it's impossible to visit the Front Range of the Rockies without looking for landmarks from the book. I wore out 2 print copies, now have it in ebook form, as well as the DVDs from the miniseries. HIGHLY recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Great

    This book is a great read. To bad we to have more eriters like Mr. Mitchner who knew how to write and keep the readers interested in what they are reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Great Saga

    Takes time to get through over 1,000 pages - but this is an exceptionally well documented and written saga of the region and those who inhabited it. Quite the journey!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

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    It's the images that remain - the migration of thousands of bord

    It's the images that remain - the migration of thousands of borderless birds decade after decade, regardless of the influx of waves of uniquely different settlers on land first known by the Native People.

    Beautifully written and engaging, this living history is populated with unforgettable characters through whom I came to understand all they faced. I learned so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2010

    A True Classic

    This is by far my most favorite book of all time. While it is prose, it almost reads as poetry in parts. I wish I had a nickel for every time I've read it. I'd be rich.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    An epic worth reading!

    Although I enjoy all of Mr. Michener's novels, this one is the best. The story follows a small spot on the Colorado map throughout it's history. Beginning with the dinosaur era, Michener does a superb job of capturing the essence of each historical period right on up through the 1970's. If you enjoy historical fiction and want a great summer read, this is it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Interesting

    As a high school student, I found this book slightly challenging. But as I continued to read, Michener unfolded an outstanding story with interesting characters. I recommend this if you are patient and have lots of time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2001

    Wonderful book...Wonderful movie!

    One of the best books I have ever read.I have the book and have seen the movie.I am always on the lookout to buy the movie on VHS. Have not found it yet!

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