Michener’s South Pacific

University Press of Florida - During taping, he realized there was much he didn’t know about how Michener’s experiences in the South Pacific shaped the man and led to his early work. May delves deeply into this formative and turbulent period in Michener’s life and career, and naval records to examine how a reserved, journal entries, using letters, middle-aged lieutenant known as "Prof" to his fellow officers became one of the most successful writers of the twentieth century.

Richard rodgers and oscar hammerstein used it as the basis for the Broadway musical South Pacific, which also won the Pulitzer. Michener’s first novel, Tales of the South Pacific, won the Pulitzer Prize. By the end of the decade, he was an accomplished author, well on the way to worldwide fame. How this all came to be is the subject of Stephen May’s Michener’s South Pacific.

Michener's South Pacific - An award-winning biographer of Michener, May was a featured interviewee on the fiftieth-anniversary DVD release of the film version of the musical. When the japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, James A. Within three years, he was a naval officer stationed in the South Pacific. Michener was an obscure textbook editor working in New York.

Return to Paradise: Stories

The Dial Press - . And a very high degree of excellence. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A. In this sequel collection, michener once again evokes the magic of the extraordinary isles in the Pacific—from Fiji and Gaudalcanal to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea—through stories that burst with adventure, charm, and local color.

Michener can write. Kirkus Reviews. James A. Michener's Hawaii. For michener’s many fans around the globe, Return to Paradise is a precious second look at a land of enchantment by one of the most gifted storytellers of the twentieth century. Praise for return to paradise   “A brilliant book and a worthy successor to Tales of the South Pacific.

Return to Paradise: Stories - The atlanta constitution   “This is a book that should be read by everyone. Michener, tales of the south pacific, revisits the scenes of his first great work, the master of historical fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner that brought him international acclaim. All who have seen the south Pacific will find on every page the odors of frangipani, blood, copra, and beer.

The new york times   “there’s drama and pathos and adventure and humanity.

Sayonara: A Novel

The Dial Press - Nothing but her. Praise for James A. Michener combines powerful storytelling with deep sensitivity in this novel of a U. S. Michener, by any standards, is a phenomenon. The wall street journal   “Sentence for sentence, writing’s fastest attention grabber. The new york times   “michener has become an institution in America, ranking somewhere between Disneyland and the Library of Congress.

Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A. The son of a general, dating the daughter of another powerful military family, he can look forward to a bright future. Michener's Hawaii. Michener   “A master storyteller. Army man who, against all odds, falls for a fascinating Japanese woman. After that, nothing matters anymore.

Sayonara: A Novel - . James A. Stationed in the exotic Far East, Major Lloyd Gruver considers himself lucky. From a great master of historical fiction comes a brilliant tale of love amid war. And he just can’t understand guys like Private Joe Kelly, who throw away their lives in the States by marrying local girls.

The Bridges at Toko-Ri: A Novel

The Dial Press - Michener's Hawaii. Together they face an enemy they do not understand, knowing their only hope for survival is to win. Trained as professionals, they prepare for the rituals of war that countless men before them have endured, and face the same fears. A story of action, ideas, and civilization’s responsibilities.

Saturday Review. All are stirringly rendered. The denver post   “Michener’s best. In one of his beloved early bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener crafts a tale of the american men who fought the Korean War, detailing their exploits in the air as well as their lives on the ground.

The Bridges at Toko-Ri: A Novel - Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A. The humanity of the people is deeply felt. Chicago tribune   “the banshees screaming over Korea, the perilous landings on an aircraft carrier deck ‘bouncing around like a derelict rowboat, ’ a helicopter rescue from the freezing waters. They are American fighter pilots.

Praise for the bridges at toko-Ri   “A vivid and moving story, as well as an exciting one.

Caribbean: A Novel

The Dial Press - James A. Through absorbing, magnificent prose, Michener captures the essence of the islands in all of their awe-inspiring scope and wonder. In caribbean, there appears to be a strong aura of truth behind the storytelling. The new york Times. Michener's Hawaii. Michener sympathizes with the struggles of the region’s most oppressed, and succeeds in presenting the Caribbean in its rich diversity.

The plain dealer   “Remarkable and praiseworthy. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener sweeps readers off to the Caribbean, bringing to life the eternal allure and tumultuous history of this glittering string of islands. Utterly engaging. The washington post book world   “Even American tourists familiar with some of the serene islands will find themselves enlightened.

Caribbean: A Novel - In this acclaimed classic novel, James A. Praise for caribbean   “Michener is a master. Boston herald   “A grand epic.

Rascals in Paradise

Dial Press Trade Paperback - Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii. From lifelong buccaneers to lapsed noblemen, in Michener and Day’s capable hands these rogues become the stuff of legend. Michener returns to the most dazzling place on Earth: the islands that inspired Tales of the South Pacific. Grove day was a professor at the University of Hawaii with a gift for spinning a yarn and depicting character Michener, journalist and novelist, needs no introduction.

Kirkus Reviews. In a thrilling collection of nonfiction adventure stories, James A. Co-written with A. A portfolio of rare and ruthless personalities that is calculated to make the curliest hair stand straight on end. The new york times   “Combines research and scholarship A. Grove day, including sam comstock, a golden-haired youth who used his charm to win over his captors; and William Bligh, some infamous and some overlooked, Rascals in Paradise offers portraits of ten scandalous men and women, a mutinous sailor whose delusions of grandeur became a nightmare; Will Mariner, the notorious HMS Bounty captain who may not have been the monster history remembers him as.

Rascals in Paradise - Praise for rascals in paradise   “The best book about those far-scattered islands that has appeared in a long time.

Hawaii: A Novel

The Dial Press - As the volcanic hawaiian islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries—until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey across the Pacific, flourishing in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions. Pulitzer prize–winning author James A.

 . Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener brings hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959. Based on exhaustive research and told in Michener’s immersive prose, Hawaii is the story of disparate peoples struggling to keep their identity, live in harmony, ultimately, and, join together.

Hawaii: A Novel - Then, american missionaries arrive, in the early nineteenth century, bringing with them a new creed and a new way of life. Michener's Centennial.


The Dial Press - Iberia is michener’s enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Praise for iberia   “from the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities. The new york times   “Massive, beautiful.

This book will make you fall in love with Spain. The houston Post. Michener, the pulitzer prize–winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. One of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory. Saturday review   “Kaleidoscopic. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, he also shares the intimate, cathedrals and olive orchards, often hidden country he came to know, painters and processions, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history.

Iberia - Michener has ever done on any subject. The wall street journal   “A dazzling panorama. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii.

Mexico: A Novel

The Dial Press - There are splendid and authentic scenes in the plaza de toros that are as dramatic as any written by Ernest Hemingway or Barnaby Conrad. The new york times book Review   “Astounding. Louis post-dispatch   “A novel of epic proportions, abounding in visual and historical detail. Richmond Times-Dispatch.

. Architectural splendors, frenzied bullfights, horrific human sacrifice: Michener weaves them all into an epic human story that ranks with the best of his beloved bestselling novels. Michener's Hawaii. Fast-moving, intriguing. Michener, whose novels hurtle from the far reaches of history to the dark corners of the world, fascinating, paints an intoxicating portrait of a land whose past and present are as turbulent, and colorful as any other on Earth.

Mexico: A Novel - . When an american journalist travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, to modern Mexico, he is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his own Mexican ancestry—from the brilliance and brutality of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, fighting through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution.

Praise for mexico   “Michener the storyteller at his finest. Michener is back in huge, familiar form with Mexico. Los angeles daily News   “An enthralling story.

The Source: A Novel

The Dial Press - Through the discoveries of modern archaeologists excavating the site of tell Makor, the rise of Christianity, Michener vividly re-creates life in an ancient city and traces the profound history of the Jewish people—from the persecution of the early Hebrews, and the Crusades to the founding of Israel and the modern conflict in the Middle East.

A wonderful rampage through history. Biblical history, as seen through the eyes of a professor who is puzzled, delighted, appalled, enriched and impoverished by the spectacle of a land where all men are archeologists. The new york times   “a sweeping novel filled with excitement—pagan ritual, the clash of armies, ancient and modern: the evolving drama of man’s faith.

The Source: A Novel - The philadelphia Inquirer   “Magnificent. A superlative piece of writing both in scope and technique. Michener transports us back thousands of years to the Holy Land. Praise for the Source   “Fascinating. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A.

Caravans: A Novel of Afghanistan

The Dial Press - Praise for caravans   “Brilliant. An extraordinary novel. Michener's Hawaii. A timeless tale of love and emotional drama set against the backdrop of one of the most important countries in the world today, the sweep of Afghanistan’s remarkable history, Caravans captures the tension of the postwar period, and the inescapable allure of the past.

. Michener’s gripping chronicle of the social and political landscape of Afghanistan is more relevant now than ever. Michener has a wonderful empathy for the wild and free and an understanding of the reasons behind the kind of cruelty that goes with it. Newsday   “michener has done for Afghanistan what.

Caravans: A Novel of Afghanistan - First published in 1963, James A. Combining fact with riveting adventure and intrigue, michener follows a military man tasked, in the years after World War II, with a dangerous assignment: finding and returning a young American woman living in Afghanistan to her distraught family after she suddenly and mysteriously disappears.

His first book did for the South Pacific. The new york Herald Tribune. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A.