Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- The Fires of Spring (1949)
- The Voice Of Asia (1951)
- The Bridges at Toko-ri (1953)
- Sayonara (1953)
- Hawaii (1959)
- Report of the County Chairman (1961)
- Caravans (1963)
- The Source (1965)
- The Drifters (1971)
- Centennial (1974)
- Chesapeake (1978)
- Quality of Life (1980)
- The Covenant (1980)
- Space (1982)
- Poland (1983)
- Texas (1985)
- Legacy (1987)
- Alaska (1988)
- Journey (1988)
- Caribbean (1989)
- The Eagle and the Raven (1990)
- The Novel (1991)
- Mexico (1992)
- Recessional (1994)
- Miracle in Seville (1995)
- Matecumbe (2007)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Tales of the South Pacific (1947)
- Return to Paradise (1947)
- Rascals In Paradise (1957)
- The Watermen: Selections from Chesapeake (1979)
- Great World War II Stories (1989)
- Creatures of the Kingdom (1993)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- The Bridge at Andau (1957)
- Japanese Prints from Early Masters to the Modern (1959)
- The Modern Japanese Print: An Appreciation (1959)
- Iberia: Spanish Travels and Reflections (1968)
- Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System (1969)
- Kent State: What Happened and Why (1971)
- A Michener Miscellany, 1950-1970 (1973)
- Sports in America (1976)
- Six Days in Havana (With: ) (1989)
- Pilgrimage: A Memoir of Poland and Rome (1990)
- The World is My Home (1991)
- My Lost Mexico: The Making of a Novel (1992)
- James A. Michener’s Writer’s Handbook: Explorations in Writing and Publishing (1992)
- Literary Reflections (1993)
- This Noble Land: My Vision for America (1996)
- Islam: The Misunderstood Religion (2017)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Firstfruits: A Harvest of 25 Years of Israeli Writing (1973)
- On Glorious Wings (2003)
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James A. Michener Books Overview
‘A warm hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters.’THE ATLANTICDavid Harper was an orphan, loney and impoverished. But his longing to embrace the world that abandoned him was stronger than the harsh realities. And even though he’s a con man and petty thief at a carnival, he still dreams. For it was there that David learned about love and about women all of whom taught him the riches of himself. Here is a rich segment of American life a magic blend of longing and wisdom, saltiness, simplicity, and compassion.
Young and innocent, they came to a place they had barely heard of, prepared for war. They were American fighter pilots, trained but frightened, facing an an enemy they couldn’t understand, and waging a war they had to win…
A brilliant tale of love and war, Sayonara tells the story of Major Lloyd Gruver, son of an army general stationed in Japan, dating a general’s daughter, and happy with his life. He didn’t understand the soldiers who fell in love with Japanese girls. Then he met Hana ogi. After that nothing mattered anymore. Nothing but her…
In Hawaii, Pulitzer Prize winning author James Michener weaves the classic saga that brought Hawaii‘s epic history vividly alive to the American public on its initial publication in 1959, and continues to mesmerize even today. The volcanic processes by which the Hawaiian Islands grew from the ocean floor were inconceivably slow, and the land remained untouched by man for countless centuries until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers made the perilous journey across the Pacific and discovered their new home. They lived and flourished in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions and beliefs until, in the early nineteenth century, American missionaries arrived, bringing a new creed and a new way of life to a Stone Age society. The impact of the missionaries had only begun to be absorbed when other national groups, with equally different customs, began to migrate in great numbers to the islands. The story of modern Hawaii, and of this novel, is one of how disparate peoples, struggling to keep their identity yet live with one another in harmony, ultimately joined together to build America s strong and vital fiftieth state.
The Place: Afghanistan. The Assignment: To find a missing American girl whose parents have not heard from her since her impetuous marriage to a young Afghan engineer. The girl was Ellen Jaspar. She was beautiful, daring, and bright. And fed up with being the pampered, obedient daughter of middle class parents. Ellen wanted something more out of life than they could offer: she wanted to be free to do her thing. No one knew what that was. But it took her to a remote and primitive land. And that land had swallowed her up. Or so it seemed. Here is a dramatic, hair raising adventure, alive with extraordinary people. As only he can, Michener brings the strange and exotic world of the Middle East to vibrant life in this colorful and suspenseful novel. Text from back cover
In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener dramatizes one of the most riveting and important developments in world civilization: the birth and full flowering of Judaism. Beginning with a group of modern day archaeologists digging at a site in Makor, Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginning of the Jewish faith thousands of years before. Here is the entire history of the Jews: the first religions, the transition to monotheism, the life of the early Hebrews and how they were persecuted, the impact of Christianity, the Crusades, and the Spanish Inquisition, all the way to the founding of present day Israel and the Middle East conflict. Through the eayes of the archaeologists an Irish Catholic from Chicago, an Arab who lives in Israel, a German Jew, his Israeli fiancee, and the wealthy American financing the dig we experience the panorama of Jewish history, filled with passion, pain, and enormous faith.
In his triumphant best seller, James Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of six young runaways adrift in a world they have created out of dreams, drugs, and dedication to pleasure. With the sure touch of a master, Michener pulls us into the dark center of their private world, whether it’s in Spain, Marrakech, or Mozambique, and exposes the naked nerve ends with shocking candor and infinite compassion.’A superior, picaresque novel…
and a revealing mirror held up to contemporary society.’JOHN BARKHAM REVIEWS
‘Michener is America’s best writer, and he proves it once again in Centennial.’THE PITTSBURGH PRESSA stunning panorama of the West, Centennial is an enthralling celebration of our country, brim*ming with the glory and the greatness of the American past that only bestselling author James Michener could bring to stunning life. From the Native Americans, the migrating white men and women, the cowboys, and the foreigners, it is a story of trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters all caught up in the dramatic events and violent conflicts that shaped the destiny of our legendary West. From the Paperback edition.
‘Michener’s most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope.’THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER’Brilliantly written.’ASSOCIATED PRESSOnce again James A. Michener brings history to life with this 400 year saga of America’s great bay and its Eastern Shore. Following Edmund Steed and his remarkable family, who parallel the settling and forming of the nation, Chesapeake sweeps readers from the unspoiled world of the Native Americans to the voyages of Captain John Smith, the Revolutionary War, and right up to modern times. From the Paperback edition.
A book in which Michener takes a thoughtful look at the problems of pollution, the cities, race, education, drugs and crime, protest and repression.
With his unique ability to brilliantly portray a land and its people, James A. Michener has taken on the establishment of modern day South Africa and, in this bold and boisterous novel, made it his own. In this epic tale of struggle and adventure, peopled with missionaries, tribesmen, adventurers and scoundrels, we learn of the sweeping passions and intense rivalries that play an important part in the development of a flourishing empire. From the Java born Van Dooms, whose descendants become the first Treknoers and Afrikaners, to the Nxumalos, who help to forge the powerful Zulu nation this is a stow of love and loyalty, cruelty and betrayal, adventure and heroism, from the mind of a master storyteller. Look for other titles by James A. Michener available from Random House AudioBooks, including Alaska, Caribbean, Mexico and Texas.
Space. It is the object of dreams and daring of countless men and women who have made it the last, great frontier of human endeavor. James Michener has brought the human touch to that exciting exploration by bringing to life six men and women. Their dedication to the Space experience defines its complexities and fascination as no other writer can.
Like the heroic land that is its subject, James Michener’s Poland teems with vivid events and unforgettble characters. In the sweeping span of eight tumultuous centuries, three Polish families live out their destinies and the drama of a nation in the grand tradition of a great James Michener saga.’Poland is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country’s tribulations.’CHICAGO TRIBUNEFrom the Paperback edition.
In this magnificent historical novel, James A. Michener masterfully combines fact and fiction to present America’s richest, most expansive and diversified state. Spanning four and a half centuries, this monumental saga charts the epic history of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors, to its modern day American character, shaped by oil and industry. A stunning achievement by a literary master, Texas is a tale of violence and conflict, patriotism and statesmanship, growth and development. Among Michener s finely drawn cast of characters, emotional and political alliances are made and broken; loyalties are established over the course of Texas s remarkable history, only to be betrayed by the expansion of wealth and industry. With Michener as our guide, this novel is as exciting as it is informative.
As Major Norman Starr is about to appear before a congressional committee to publicly account for his covert actions, he recalls the heritage of his ancestors and the role they played in the true glory of America. Bestselling author James Michener has painted a timeless family portrait and an eloquent lesson in American history.’Michener is a master storyteller.’MILWAUKEE JOURNALFrom the Paperback edition.
In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us across Alaska‘s fierce terrain, from the long forgotten past to the bustling technological present, as his characters struggle for survival. The exciting high points of Alaska s story, from its brutal prehistory, through the nineteenth century and the American acquisition, to its modern status as America s thriving forty ninth state, are brought vividly to life in this remarkable novel: the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the discovery of oil and its social and economic consequences; the difficult construction of the Alcan Highway, which made possible the defense of the territory in World War II. A spellbinding portrait of a human community struggling to establish its place in the world, Alaska traces a bold and majestic history of the enduring spirit of a land and its people.
‘The best novel of James Michener’s career.’ Milwaukee Journal
Gold fever swept the world in 1897. The chance for untold riches sent thousands of dreamers on a perilous trek toward their fortunes, failures, or deaths. Follow four English aristocrats and their Irish servant as they misguidedly haul their dreams across cruel Canadian terrain toward the Klondike gold fields.
‘A grand epic.’
THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
Master storyteller James A. Michener sweeps us off to the Caribbean,with a magnificent novel that captures the eternal allure of that glittering string of islands and their tumultuous history. Beginning in 1310 and continuing through Columbus’s arrival and the bloody slave revolt of Haiti to the rise of Castro, Caribbean carries us through 700 dramatic years in a tale teeming with revolution and romance, slavery and superstition, heartfelt characters and thunderous destinies.
A Dual Main Slection of the Book of the Month Club
From the Paperback edition.
A blend of fact and fiction, this novel from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of ‘Journey’ and ‘Caribbean’ centres around the lives of Sam Houston, a firebrand renegade from Tennessee and Santa Anna. The novel moves relentlessly to their historic encounter at the battle of San Jacinto.
‘A good, old fashioned, sink your teeth into it story…
Suspenseful.’THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRERJames Michener turns the creation and publication of a novel into an extroardinary and exciting experience as he renders believable the intriguing personalities who are the parents to its birth: a writer, editor, critic, and reader are locked in the desperate scenario of life, death, love, and truth. As immediate as today’s headlines, as close as the bookshelves, The Novel is a fascinating look into the glamorous world of the writer. Selected by the Book of the Month Club
Fast moving, Intriguing…
James Michener is back in huge, familiar form with Mexico.’LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWSHere is the story of an American journalist who travels to Mexico to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, but who is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his Mexican ancestors. From the brutality and brilliance of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, to the modern day Mexicans battling through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution, James Michener weaves it all into an epic human story that ranks with the best of his beloved, bestselling novels.A MAIN SELECTION OF THE BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUBFrom the Paperback edition.
‘MICHENER IS AMERICA’S BEST WRITER.’
–The Pittsburgh Press
In his stunning new novel, bestselling novelist James A. Michener draws on his unparalleled gift for storytelling, his deep understanding of American society, and his own life experiences to illuminate the challenges of aging and the folly of youth in a Florida retirement home known as the Palms.
As the new, young director of the Palms, Andy Zorn suffers no shortage of loving support and wise advice from his ‘elders,’ a group of five passionate, outspoken residents who refuse to accept the passive roles that both society and family have handed them. Yet past scandal has driven Zorn to despondency, until he meets an extraordinary young woman in the rehab wing, who has been forced to rebuild her life in the face of crippling injuries. Now Zorn finds himself falling in love–and with the help and gentle jabs from his more mature friends, he discovers a wonderful new purpose in life…
‘Michener hooks you with wonderfully humorous scenes. These are then interwoven between the moments of pain and heartache brought about by life choices we all must make.’
One will be drawn into the novelist’s world…
. The lush natural setting provides James Michener plenty to show and tell.’
–The Washington Times
‘In Matecumbe, written at the height of his career, Michener returned to the shorter form of his earlier novels to explore tangled human relationships. Matecumbe is a counterpoint to his epic novels and should serve to remind readers of Michener’s extensive talents.’ Stephen J. May, author of Michener: A Writer’s Journey
Pulitzer Prize winning author James A. Michener was in his sixties when he began traveling frequently to the Florida Keys. One result of those visits was the novel Matecumbe, named after two of the islands that comprise the town of Islamorada, located approximately half way between Miami and Key West.
Never before published, Matecumbe features many of the hallmarks of Michener’s best work, including detailed descriptions of place. However, the plot is much more intimate than that found in most of his large scale, epic historical novels. Focusing on the parallel lives of a woman and her mother, both divorced, Michener spent his creative energy on character development and allegorical storytelling. Random House, his publisher, wasn’t pleased, and wanted the mega best selling author to concentrate on producing ‘heavyweight’ books like Hawaii and Centennial. Matecumbe seemed too much in the vein of his earlier romance novel, Sayonara. So it sat in a drawer until, eventually, Michener gifted it including the copyright to Joe Avenick, his friend and former ghostwriter. Avenick played a key role in the research and writing of Sports in America and Chesapeake, and introduced Michener to Melissa Missy DeMaio, who soon became the primary reason for Michener’s increasingly frequent visits to the Keys.
Biographers and critics have long agreed that Michener’s personality and his characters were both affected by his relationship with DeMaio. As perhaps his most encompassing autobiographical novel, and the one written in the midst of these changes, Matecumbe provides what may be tantalizing glimpses into Michener’s life.
The publication of Matecumbe, in the centennial year of the author’s birth, will be a boon for fans who have longed for more Michener in the ten years since his death.
‘Truly one of the most remarkable books to come out of the war. Mr. Michener is a born story teller.’THE NEW YORK TIMESWinner of the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for FictionEnter the exotic world of the South Pacific, meet the men and women caught up in the drama of a big war. The young Marine who falls madly in love with a beautiful Tonkinese girl. Nurse Nellie and her French planter, Emile De Becque. The soldiers, sailors, and nurses playing at war and waiting for love in a tropic paradise.
The Pulitzer Prize winning author of TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC returns to the scenes of those tales, which won him world recognition. Once again he evokes the magic of the blessed isles in the Pacific with stories and accounts glowing with color and alive with adventure. ‘This is a book that should be read by everyone…
and all who have seen the South Pacific will find on every page the odors of frangipani, copra, blood, and beer.’THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK
The fascinating stories of adventurous men who sailed the South Seas
Some craved power, some craved peace, others merely surrendered to fate.
Sam Comstock A sailor crazed by the South Sea Islands and driven to lead the ruthless mutiny. He envisioned himself a magnificent ruler but his dream became a nightmare.
Will Mariner A golden haired youth whose ship was captured by hostile natives. He was the sole survivor and his charm turned his captor into slaves.
Captain Bligh Was he the infamous captain of the Bounty, the monster legend had made him? Here is the true story of Captain Bligh.
Rascals In Paradise
They searched for adventure in the most dazzling places on earth.
Michener treats each of these creatures with fundamental respect, and in many cases, admiration and awe, if not outright love.’ The Virginian Pilot & The Ledger Star In these sixteen wonderful stories, bestselling author James A. Michener lights up nature’s most awesome and beguiling handiwork from the sublime shaping and reshaping of earth’s land and seas to the ridiculous armadillo whose assault on a bit of Texas real estate paid off handsomely. Chosen from Michener’s most popular books including one story never before published in paperback these mini masterpieces take us deep into the secret lives of animals and the hidden world of nature. In them we hear the music of the spheres and feel the heartbeat of creation.’Contain’s the dramatic elements of a life the wonder of birth, rites of passage, lots of conflict, much of it physical and bloody, and death…
As characters in a Michener novel, a beaver can know loneliness, a buffalo can bide his time, a salmon can feel encouraged, and a woolly mammoth can ‘luxuriate’ in the ecological rewards of a plains fire.’ Boston Sunday Herald ‘Delightful…
Nature writing at its most fluid and involving.’ BooklistFrom the Paperback edition.
At four o’clock in the morning on a Sunday in November 1956, the city of Budapest was awakened by the shattering sound of Russian tanks tearing the city apart. The Hungarian revolution five brief, glorious days of freedom that had yielded a glimpse at a different kind of future was over. But there was a bridge at Andau, on the Austrian border, and if a Hungarian could reach that bridge, he was nearly free. It was about the most inconsequential bridge in Europe, but by an accident of history it became, for a few flaming weeks, one of the most important bridges in the world, for across its unsteady planks fled the soul of a nation…
. Here is James A. Michener at his most gripping, with a historic account of a people in desperate revolt, a true story as searing and unforgettable as any of his bestselling works of fiction.
From the glories of the Prado to the danger and dazzle of the bullfights, master storyteller James A. Michener magnificently captures the stunning kaleidoscope that is Spain. Here is a rich and enduring tribute to a fascinating country, an immemorial place that has become Michener’s second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, Michener not only reveals the celebrated Spain of warrior kings, painters and cathedrals, he also shares the intimate, often hidden Spain he has come to know: where the fishermen of the salted shores, the toiling peasants of the inland fields and the congeniality and passion of all of Spain’s living souls conspire with the dark weight of history to create this mysterious, contradictory and wildly beautiful land. Look for other titles by James A. Michener available from Random House AudioBooks including Alaska, Texas, and Caribbean. Philip Bosco’s extensive credits include appearances in the films Trading Places, Three Men and a Baby, Suspect, Working Girl, and The Silence of the Lambs.
All of James A. Michener’s storytelling and reportorial skills are brought to the fore in this stunning and heartbreaking examination of the events that led to the 1970 shootings at Kent State, which shook the country to the roots and had a profound impact on the anti war movement.
‘A comprehensive, controversial examination of sports as a major force in American life.’ Los Angeles TimesThere is a crisis in American sports, and it’s getting worse. Drugs, violence, and the corrupting effects of money and fame. Even before these problems made national headlines, master writer James A. Michener was growing concerned about the state of Sports in America. Only Michener could tackle a subject so big and leave us amazed and apalled by what we’ve learned, yet still loving the games we grew up on. From the Paperback edition.
When James Michener visited Havana with his associate John Kings, he was only researching Cuba for a new novel on the Caribbean, but he found much more to excite his interest. Michener’s insightful text and Kings’s evocative photographs record their impressions of Havana thirty years after the Revolution.
James A. Michener was a Renaissance man, adventurous, inquisitive, energetic, unpretentious and unassuming, with an encyclopedic mind and a generous heart The New York Times Book Review. Now, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this literary legend’s birth, here is the story of his remarkable life, told by the man himself. In this exceptional memoir, James Michener describes the people, events, and ideas that have shaped his life. Moving backward and forward across time, he writes about the many strands of his experience: his passion for travel; his lifelong infatuation with literature, music, and painting; his liberal credo and his adventures in politics; and the hard work, headaches, and rewards of the writing life. Here at last is the real James Michener, plainspoken, wise, and enormously sympathetic, a man who can truly say, The World is My Home. A sweepingly interesting life…
Whether he s having an epiphany over a campout in New Guinea with head hunting cannibals or getting politically charged by the melodrama of great opera, James A. Michener s world is a place and a time worth reading about. The Christian Science Monitor There are splendid yarns about his wartime doings in the South Pacific. There are hilarious cautionary tales about his service on government commissions. There are wonderful inside stories from the publishing business. And always there is Michener himself analyzing his own character, as*sessing himself as a writer, chronicling his intellectual life, giving advice to young writers. Cleveland Plain Dealer Michener s own life makes one of his most engaging tales a classic American success story. Entertainment Weekly
Michener tells the poignant story of how he dreamed of writing an epic novel of Mexico, actually wrote most of the novel, and lost the manuscript. Its discovery 30 years later led to the recent bestseller Mexico. Also includes the never before published novella The Texas Girls.
One of America’s foremost authors describes the process of writing and publishing a book in this invaluable step by step guide for writers, editors, and book lovers.
Pulitzer Prize winning author James A. Michener has been writing for over seven decades. This book presents Michener’s analysis of his own writing and that of his peers his reflections, remembrances, and stories of his youthful encounters with the era’s notable personages. For any who do not know him, this is their chance to meet this extraordinary man. For his millions of fans, this is the chance to know him better.
With his genius for research and his mastery of many cultures, James A. Michener cuts to the heart of the issues that threaten to fragment and undermine America today: racial conflict, the widening gulf between rich and poor, the decline of education, the inadequacies of our health care system. Then he offers a detailed program that will help America sustain what he terms its ‘outstanding success.’Thought provoking, opinionated, infused with the wisdom and passion of a lifetime, This Noble Land is at once a wake up call for our troubled times and a blueprint for our future greatness. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Since its invention in 1903, the airplane has become the dominant mode of transport, travel, and combat. It has brought the entire planet closer together and changed almost every aspect of how we live today. Along the way, the airplane has inspired writers in every decade of the twentieth century to celebrate this world changing creation. From the wild first years of aviation when daredevil men challenged each other to set altitude records to the terrible three dimensional landscape of combat in the air through all the wars of this century, authors from around the world have written of the airplanes and the men and women who fly them. Now, bestselling author Stephen Coonts has collected some of the finest fiction about flying in one volume. On Glorious Wings contains stories and excerpts from world renowned authors, including Dale Brown, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Louis L’Amour, James Michener, Joseph Heller, Len Deighton, Frederick Forsyth, William Faulkner, Ralph Peters and Stephen Coonts himself. From the rickety wire and wood contraptions of the 1920s to the possible future of warfare in 2020, this collection invites you to take to the skies with some of today’s most acclaimed authors, including:’Five Weeks in a Balloon’ by Jules Verne: Take a fanciful trip through the air as imagined by one of the great authors of the nineteenth century.’All of the Dead Pilots’ by William Faulkner: One of America’s greatest storytellers looks at Britain in World War II, where a brash American pilot and an unflappable British officer clash over the same woman.’Wings over Khabarovsk’ by Louis L’Amour: The great Western writer also penned many tales for the pulp magazines of the 1930s and ’40s, including this classic of the genre about an American pilot framed for spying on the far side of the world.’An Hour to San Francisco,’ from The High and the Mighty, by Ernest K. Gann: When a four engine plane loses an engine over the Pacific Ocean, what had been an uneventful trip becomes a white knuckle race for survival.’Corey Ford Buys the Farm,’ from Flight of the Intruder, by Stephen Coonts: During the Vietnam Conflict, pilots took lightly armed A 6 Intruders on harrowing near suicide missions against the North Vietnamese army. Here, the master of the military thriller takes you along for the ride inside the cockpit as three Intruders head out to destroy some Russian MiG fighters grounded in Laos.’Power River MOA,’ from The Sky Masters, by Dale Brown: At the Powder River weapons testing site, the jet fighters may fire blanks, but the air combat simulations are as real as can be. Strap yourself in for a ride in the latest in bomber technology the EB 52 Megafortress.’Retaliation,’ from The War in 2020, by Ralph Peters: In the near future, America is threatened by a joint Iran Japan military force that threatens the Middle East and Europe. Saddle up with the high tech, hard hitting cavalry soldiers of the future and their armored, fire breathing future flying machines as they take to the air to raid on an enemy base. With an introduction and story notes written by Stephen Coonts, On Glorious Wings is a must have for any aviation enthusiast.