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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.

A richly compelling novel of a proud people eager to meet the marvelous challenge of the land, Texas is Michener's most magnificent achievement. This re-release of Michener's masterpiece ties in with the upcoming mini-series.

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Overview

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

A richly compelling novel of a proud people eager to meet the marvelous challenge of the land, Texas is Michener's most magnificent achievement. This re-release of Michener's masterpiece ties in with the upcoming mini-series.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449210925
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 1344
  • Sales rank: 115,260
  • 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.

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 July 25, 2009

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    A bit dated but worth a read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2002

    What a Book!

    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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2002

    TEXAS AT IT'S BEST..........

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2009

    Great Historical Fiction

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2007

    A Must Read

    A must have for any Michener fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    A Great Novel

    A must ready for any Michener fan

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