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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-23-2010, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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May have already been posted but I'd recommend most of
James Micheners novels to folks that enjoy reading.

With great attention to detailing the geography and cultures
of places across the U.S. and the rest of the world he expressed
stories of individuals and generations of families. Good stuff.
I've read most of the novels I could find and some of the nonfiction.
The ones that stand out after several years are:

THE SOURCE
If I was to recommend 1 book that everyone should read, this would be it.
A telling of the cradle of 3 religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

TEXAS
Well, I am a Texan, born and raised. But really, this telling of
the history of what is now Texas was eye opening and entertaining.

HAWAII
I've never been to Hawaii but felt like I knew it after this read.
But then again, this is typical of reading his books.

CHESAPEAKE
I've wanted to take an extended vacation to travel, fish and hunt
this huge area ever since reading this one. VERY good.

I could go on as the commitment to detail and true compassion for the
land, the cultures and individuals of ALL places are evident in each of his books.
Just do a search of his works and I'd be willing to bet there's at least one that
is about an area near and dear to your heart.


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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 02:24 PM
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The only Mitchner book I have read is "Centennial".
He spins a good yarn, but double check anything he says before you quote it as fact.
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Not quite sure what you're refering to. Michener did write several books that were not
fiction and I'd be willing to bet he researched them well. Centennial is a good representation
of his fiction (though ot one of my favorites) and again, it is fiction.

I'd be interested to know just what you are refering to.
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I read constantly. I recently discovered a great historical fiction series by the late Patrick O'Brien. I have purchased the 1st 10 books and I’m currently reading the 6th book in the series (The Fortunes of War). O'Brien has a very different style from any other author that I have ever read and it took me about 30 pages of tyhe 1st book before I could follow along and not miss important details, and go back and reread passages. It is a great series an I cannot believe that I had not read it sooner.


Master & Commander – A great introduction to the series. The main Characters of the series meet and become life long friends. Very good book. It lead directly to my acquiring other books in the series.

Post Captain – If this were the 1st book in the series…I never would have gone further. And I may not have finished this book. So far it is my least favorite of the series, but I must also say that the details in this book de keep recurring with some regularity in the later volumes. But for my tastes, this book wasn’t just bland…it was cardboard.

HMS Surprise – This was a fascinating and exciting book. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the accurate presentation of the time period.

The Maritius Command – Aubrey gains a Commodore’s Commission and now has several ships under his command. Another great book in the series.

Desolation Island – The title is Desolation Island, but this geographic location is not pertinent until the very end of the book. Still…a very good book.

The Fortune of War – This is the current book that I am reading and it takes off pretty much where the previous book left the reader.

I normally read Physics Books, Chemistry Books, Forensic Science Books and anything history related. This series has been a very nice change of pace for my leisure reading, and I believe that there are 20 or so books in the series.

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Rock Home Isle, I couldn't agree with you more. I own all of his books in this series and have read them at least three times. A tremendous story by a great author.

I also recommend the books by Allen W. Eckert. They are historical narratives about the early settlement of the USA and the historical characters involved. Great reads every one.

'Give Your Heart To The Hawks' by Winfred Blevins is a really good, but brief, narrative about the Mountain Men.

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In addition to those try "the Saga of Andy Burnett" by Stuart Edward White. Don't even bother with the Walt Disney movie.

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Another vote for Allen W Eckert....His books are listed as fiction, but only because he occasionally writes of a conversation between two historical figures which 'probably' took place. Other than that you can rely on the historical accuracy.
Three recomends;
A) Wilderness War...Revolutionary War..much of it the Sullivan expedition to break the Iroquois confederacy.

B) Wilderness Empire...French and Indian War.

C) The Frontiersmen...Simon Kenton and the exploring of Ohio & Kentucky

A newly discovered author (new to me, that is)...Bernard Cornwell . I am reading his book .."The Fort".. concerning the Revolutionary War in Penobscot Bay, and the battle for British Fort George. The general story is close, though he does do some name substitution. The stories are filled with details as to gear, equipment and tactics etc, that only a well studied author would be aware of.
You may recall when his series about Richard Sharp, British soldier (served from 1799-1821)...was seriaslized for TV..an excellent series. When I finish this book, I plan on checking out his book called "Agincourt".

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Yes, I especially enjoyed The Frontiersmen. Up until I read it, I never realized that Simon Kenton (Butler) played such an important part in the history of that region. We hear so much about David Crockett and Daniel Boone that the other great frontiersmen are overlooked, even though they were at least as important as the other two.

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May have already been posted but I'd recommend most of
James Micheners novels to folks that enjoy reading.

With great attention to detailing the geography and cultures
of places across the U.S. and the rest of the world he expressed
stories of individuals and generations of families. Good stuff.
I've read most of the novels I could find and some of the nonfiction.
The ones that stand out after several years are:

THE SOURCE
If I was to recommend 1 book that everyone should read, this would be it.
A telling of the cradle of 3 religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

TEXAS
Well, I am a Texan, born and raised. But really, this telling of
the history of what is now Texas was eye opening and entertaining.

HAWAII
I've never been to Hawaii but felt like I knew it after this read.
But then again, this is typical of reading his books.

CHESAPEAKE
I've wanted to take an extended vacation to travel, fish and hunt
this huge area ever since reading this one. VERY good.

I could go on as the commitment to detail and true compassion for the
land, the cultures and individuals of ALL places are evident in each of his books.
Just do a search of his works and I'd be willing to bet there's at least one that
is about an area near and dear to your heart.


PK
Don't forget Michener - Alaska


For Westerns - I recommend
The Cowboy and the Cossack by Clair Huffaker (Highly Recommend)
Takes place in the Old East -- Siberia, to be exact -- where a group of Montana cowboys have come with a herd of Texas longhorns to be driven thousand of miles across Siberia.

Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter
The Sea of Grass concerns the often violent clashes between the pioneering ranchers, whose cattle range freely through the vast sea of grass, and the farmers, or "nesters," who build fences and turn the sod.

The Ox-bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned.

For those that Like period cultural pieces - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_...00_Best_Novels On the list are great works that include cultural and period pieces. Both editors and readers lists are represented. (Since I don't watch TV anymore, I have been reading all the ones off the Readers list for quite a while now)

My winter reading this year is all the Clancy Novels (I picked up all the hard covers at a garage sale for 5.00 a piece).

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The Far Pavillions by M.M.Kaye. It is about the regions that we are fighting in right now, but based at the time when the Brits controlled everything. I was reading this when 9/11 happened. It was really neat to be reading about places one minute and then hear about the same place on the news.

+1 on The Cowboy and The Cossack.
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