Centennial

Centennial

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by James A. Michener
     
 

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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

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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. 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.
 
Praise for Centennial
 
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812978421
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/29/2007
Pages:
1104
Sales rank:
46,913
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.22(h) x 1.47(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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 3, 1907
Date of Death:
October 16, 1997
Place of Death:
Austin, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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Centennial 4.5 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 30 reviews.
Book_Worm_1998 More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
HighlandYankee More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth time I have read Centennial and I enjoy it more and more with each reading, taking away something new each time. James Michener writes methodically and accurately. He almost puts you to sleep with the first part of his story only to quickly wake you up with characters that are as real as if you were meeting them face-to-face. Somehow, the author makes these characters so real that you feel their pain and suffer through their trials and tribulations with them.
ABD2018 More than 1 year ago
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!
LillyParksONBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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