by James A. Michener

Hardcover, 1985



Fiction. Literature. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML: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 Hawaii.   Praise for Texas   “Fascinating.”—Time   “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.… (more)

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½ (290 ratings; 3.7)

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LibraryThing member alexis3700
While planning a trip to Texas, I decided to go ahead, take the plunge, and read Michener's book. I was lucky enought to go to San Antonio and see the Alamo at about the same time as I was reading about it back in our hotel room. I love that great state, and their GREAT football team, and now
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Michener's book. I think this was one of my favorite books of his--my only complaint is that it did not start with the beginning of time (I am hoping Mexico does). I love how everything came full circle, and how the charachters and their families were throughout the book.
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LibraryThing member santhony
One of Michener's best efforts. Historical fiction with the rich landscape of Texas as the subject.
LibraryThing member MaryC22
Take the time to read this fabulous book about the people who founded the state of Texas. Historical charaters mixed in with the fictional folks come together for a story so compelling after I finished it I was ready to move to Texas! I read this during winter break from school. I was getting my
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B.S. in education and had 3 kids but I desperately needed a good fiction read to take me away from the craziness that was my life. This book was the ticket. Don't let the size scare you away--it's one of the best.
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LibraryThing member aketzle
Even though I'm just now half way through this, I don't regret starting it! I just regret that I probably won't finish it before class starts again. Michener's stuff is so fascinating! And a cool place to learn about, considering American politics these days. Interesting to understand the "spirit"
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of the people and place.
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LibraryThing member BradKautz
Texas is James Michener's panoramic treatment of the history of that region of North America , beginning in 1535 and ending in the mid 1980's when the book was published. I have read a number of Michener's other works of fiction in the past, including Centennial, Chesapeake and The Covenant, but it
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has been nearly 30 years since I picked up one of his books.

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.
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LibraryThing member Augster
This wasn't as good as some of his earlier works, so I was disappointed. Still, it was an interesting read.
LibraryThing member charlie68
A good trip into the history of Texas, from its start as a Spanish mission to its days as a republic to present day. Michener's style is a bit stale, but he does keep the reader entertained enough so he doesn't lose him.Pack a lunch though with this one its a long trip.
LibraryThing member tcgep
Enjoyed the book from start to finish.
LibraryThing member debbieaheaton
Michener’s novel is about oil, water, outlaws and rangers, Hispanics, Anglos, settling the frontier, power and money. He has masterly made history vivid and real to the reader.


Random House (1985), Edition: 1st, 1096 pages

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0394541545 / 9780394541549


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