Legacy

by James A. Michener

Hardcover, 1987

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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 JOURNAL.

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LibraryThing member santhony
Short, average and not up to Michener's usual standards.
LibraryThing member jpsnow
I was expecting more of the misguided preachiness typical of Michener's modern commentary. It appeared subtly in certain passages, but the overall story at least portrays both sides in the critical debates in our nation's history - independence, the Constitution, the Civil War, and women's rights. His most controversial idea surfaces around p. 70 where he admires the supreme court decisions that resulted in a flexible government, based on changing definitions decided solely by it. Despite my reservations this is a respectable and interesting introduction to our government. The closing message is that we need to not be silent.… (more)
LibraryThing member junebedell
This is pretty much a lesson in history for fifth graders! I gave up half way through it. The story line traces a current day Army officer's family history, members of which just happen to be famous partakers of significant historical events. Not terribly original in thought. Then I looked at the publishing date -1987 - 200 yrs. after the drafting of the US Constitution....hence the reason for the book. Rather lame.

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LibraryThing member enemyanniemae
Short, extremely interesting and Michener. Doesn't get much better. Michener always does sweeping sagas about the history of places. Chesapeake was enthralling. This one is different. It's the story of a military man right before he is set to testify before Congress on his role in the Iran Contra affair. The book is his family's history, from the formation and signing of the
US constitution to the Suffragettes to the present. Fascinating reading. Even my sister, who is not a reader by any means, picked the book up and began to flip through it. I hope she will read it.

Recommended.
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LibraryThing member buffalogr
This book is a topical review of American history told through generations of the Starr family. It's a short six hours and one third of it is recitation of the constitution (which I skipped). Covered:--overall story in the critical debates in our nation's history - independence, the Constitution, the Civil War, and women's rights.… (more)
LibraryThing member enemyanniemae
Short, extremely interesting and Michener. Doesn't get much better. Michener always does sweeping sagas about the history of places. Chesapeake was enthralling. This one is different. It's the story of a military man right before he is set to testify before Congress on his role in the Iran Contra affair. The book is his family's history, from the formation and signing of the US constitution to the Suffragettes to the present. Fascinating reading. Even my sister, who is not a reader by any means, picked the book up and began to flip through it. I hope she will read it. Recommended.… (more)

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Publication

New York : Random House, c1987.

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Original publication date

1987

Physical description

176 p.

ISBN

0394564324 / 9780394564326
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