Centennial Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 1987
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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""
"A hell of a book . . . While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates."--Los Angeles Times
"An absorbing work . . . Michener is a superb storyteller."--BusinessWeek --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
About 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. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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Fortunately for me , by some fluke , Centennial came up for me as an Amazon recommendation . On a pure whim I ordered a copy . Having now completed reading it I must comment how much I enjoyed it . This is a majestic work , there is nothing tacky or second rate about it . Granted the early geological history slows things a little and didn't fully engage me , but , once that hurdle was dealt with , I could not put this book down .
Michener has created a superb work . Intertwined with the unfolding cast of beautifully drawn characters he educates with fact after fact about the old West unfamilar to reader . The characters are wonderful . The Indian tribes , the trappers , the early pioneers , the cattlemen , the farmers , they are all here , real flesh and blood individuals with whom the reader can travel through the vast western landscape. This is a true masterpiece .
All sections of life are shown in this wonderful book. Mr Michener has made history come to life so that we experience the harshness of a cattle drive. We feel the devastation as thousands of cattle perish in the winter. I understand better about the animosity between those who kept cattle and those who kept sheep. Your heart goes out to the man who gave up everything to find gold and just when he gave up someone else came along and found the seam.
Telling history through characters that you can believe in, whether that character is for good or not, requires many hours of research and an eye for detail combined with skill in choosing the exact phrase that will convey thoughts. Mr Michener is a true story teller and master of his craft.
How an area of America developed from the pre dinosaur age through the trappers who went into indian country right up to modern day times. It covers genuine incident in History
It is a story not a reference book but has been well researched and is very easy and enjoyable to read.I couldn't put it down
The only down side was that it took 3 1/2 weeks to arrive from the store in America. Cant believe it would take that long. Still it was worth the wait to get the book. I first read it some 15 years ago and it was enjoyable then. Nice to renew the acquaintance
This should be compulsory reading from the age of 16 years.Its celebrates Life!
He worked with the Allied Forces in WW II as an intelligence officer.
He travelled widely and was intrepid, in middle age he actually went on the HIPPIE TRAIL to Marrachesh and learn't from the young people he met, he used all this in his books.
All this life experience coupled with his great intellect and scholarly background gives a life changing read. Read, Learn, Enjoy it,revel in its life force.
YOU WILL NEVER FORGET THIS BOOK!!!!Centennial
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