Texas by James A. Michener
A Novel

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Spanning four and a half centuries, James A. Michener’s monumental saga chronicles the epic history of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors to its current reputation as one of America’s most affluent, diverse, and provocative states. Among his finely drawn cast of characters, emotional and political alliances are made and broken, as the loyalties established over the course of each turbulent age inevitably collapse under the weight of wealth and industry. With Michener as our guide, Texas is a tale of patriotism and statesmanship, growth and development, violence and betrayal—a stunning achievement by a literary master.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Poland.
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“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

About James A. Michener

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James A. Michener (1907-1997) wrote nearly forty books in his lifetime, including such classics as Hawaii (1959), Centennial (1974), Space (1982), Texas (1985), and Alaska (1988), among others. He received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1948 for Tales of the South Pacific and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. His novels have sold in excess of seventy-five million copies worldwide.
Published January 21, 2014 by The Dial Press. 1472 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Romance. Fiction

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This is a long story, the whole history of Texas, from its very beginnings, as far back as 1540 when the Spanish nobleman Francisco Vasquez de Coronado led an expedition from Mexico to search the northern wilds for gold.

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But after all, Texas is Texas, and in the American imagination it has long stood for magnitude itself, surely much bigger in its way than the space race or an old European land--or even huge Alaska, where Michener reportedly is now researching his next one.

Nov 21 1985 | Read Full Review of Texas: A Novel


The author moved to Austin, Texas three years ago and settled in for 30 months to do his research for this 1,096-page book.

Nov 25 1985 | Read Full Review of Texas: A Novel

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