Texas finds itself the site for many events from 1527 to the present, including the Battle of the Alamo. A richly compelling novel of a proud people eager to meet the marvelous challenge of the land, Texas is Michener's most magnificent achievement. This re-release of Michener's masterpiece ties in with the up-coming mini-series.
Michener ably combined a mixture of true events and people with fictional characters and circumstances, crafting a survey of the development of Texas that was both broad and focused. As an example, he discussed the development of cattle ranching that had a wide-angle view, as well as looking at the specific situations of several people involved in ranching as their primary vocation. In a similar fashion he walked through the significant portions of Texas history and development, such as its time as a part of Spanish Mexico, its independence as a Republic and settlement during and after the Civil War.
Texas was a delight to read. I see that I have one more volume by Michener sitting unread on my library shelf. After having this pleasant reacquaintance with Michener's work I suspect that I'll be picking it up sooner rather than later.