Texas

Texas

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by James A. Michener
     
 

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From the first Spanish explorations to the Alamo to the oil fields, here is alarger-than-life history of a larger-than-life state.

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From the first Spanish explorations to the Alamo to the oil fields, here is alarger-than-life history of a larger-than-life state.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Michener's latest combination of mam moth research, history, and fiction ex udes all the color, courage, villainy, vi olence, and independent spirit expect ed from the Lone Star state. The book's organizing principle is a governor's task force created to study the state. It is composed of stereotypical Texans: oil man, rancher, genteel descendant of Southern aristocracy, Chicano, etc. Their ancestors are Texasevery one an adventurer, from a Spanish mission ary to Scots-Irish and Germans hungry for land and freedom, to a minister sent to civilize Comanches, to Mexican ban dits and Texas Rangers. Interspersed among these sagas are task force meet ings in various Texas cities to study lo cal geography and natural historya far more accessible approach than pre vious Michener tomes that lump them in heavy opening chapters. Purists may object to the overabundance of dramat ic incidents, but they make exciting reading. Highly recommended. Cyn thia Johnson Wheall er, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
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“Fascinating.”Time
 
“A book about oil and water, rangers and outlaws, frontier and settlement, money and power . . . [James A. Michener] manages to make history vivid.”The Boston Globe
 
“A sweeping panorama . . . [Michener] grapples earnestly with the Texas character in a way that Texas’s own writers often don’t.”The Washington Post Book World
 
“Vast, sprawling, and eclectic in population and geography, the state has just the sort of larger-than-life history that lends itself to Mr. Michener’s taste for multigenerational epics.”The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449210925
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1987
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
1344
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.81(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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Texas 4.9 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic Michener. I grew up with his novels, and they never cease to amaze me. He is able to capture my attention and hold it until I just have to go do something else. (I would always prefer to read) That's difficult to do for over 1,000 pages...he's a master storyteller!
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
Michener's Texas manages to capture the spirit of Texas with an interesting interplay between history, the fictional characters he places within this history, and a fictional "Task Force" of current Texans chosen by the Governor to review Texas history education for the school system. Michener sympathetically presents different groups and viewpoints throughout the time periods and how these past conflicts and periods underlay subsequent developments.
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I loved this book. Received as a gift and took me six months or so to start reading since I was intimidated by the number of pages. Once I started I loved it and it read quick since Michner keeps you interested with this story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A must have for any Michener fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone wanting to understand what makes Texans think they way they do, well, this book is for you. As a transplanted Texan I wanted to know what has created the Texas attitude and this book answers all my questions. After reading this and many other Michener novels I wish that he was still with us to captivate us as he did in the past
Guest More than 1 year ago
JAMES MICHENER HAS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB OF BRINGING TEXAS HISTORY TO US IN A VERY COLORFUL AND INTERESTING WAY. THIS IS A BOOK EVERYONE SHOULD READ IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT TEXAS IS ALL ABOUT. THE DIFFERENT FAMILIES AND THEIR STORIES AS SO WELL DEPLICTED THE ONE FEELS THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE EVENTS OF THE PAST FROM ON HIGH. IT IS A LONG BOOK, BUT YOU DON'T NOTICE ITS LENGTH BECAUSE IT IS HARD TO PUT DOWN. THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU A HALF WAY THROUGH IT AND WANTING MORE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must ready for any Michener fan