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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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“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
I wanted to know about Texas history. I found this book very informative. It was hard to put it down, I just wanted to keep reading.Published 7 days ago by Phillip Schulz
God Bless Texas. I think I have known or read about most of the people in this book even though it is historical fiction. It is Texas.Published 16 days ago by J Beal
I love this author, although the subject is as vast as the state the story evolves and keeps a strong tie to previous chapters.Published 18 days ago by Dino
Extensive research for hitherto unknown facts makes this story significant and impressive. His technique of switching from now to then and back is fascinating and does not distract... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Gina Glick
The outlaws and crooks are most memorable. A Large state with characters bigger than life. It took longer than planned to read it but now it seems the novels I like are more epic.Published 22 days ago by S. Fernandez
Every Texan should read this novel.
I could not put it down. Explains a lot about why Texas and Texans are the way they are.
This book is great, but the narration is horrible. I had to double check and make sure that a narrator was listed because the narration sounded like a robot from a bad sci-fi... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer