By Steve Berry, James A. Michener
Spanning 4 and a part centuries, James A. Michener's enormous saga chronicles the epic historical past of Texas, from its Spanish roots within the age of the conquistadors to its present recognition as one in every of America's so much prosperous, varied, and provocative states. between his finely drawn forged of characters, emotional and political alliances are made and damaged, because the loyalties validated over the process every one turbulent age necessarily cave in lower than the load of wealth and undefined. With Michener as our advisor, Texas is a story of patriotism and statesmanship, development and improvement, violence and betrayal—a beautiful fulfillment via a literary master.
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Almost a century and a half later, Americans in the Pacific were relearning the value of cheap jewelry and other trifles. ” a soldier on Guadalcanal implored his parents in California. “Preferably yellow or red. Anyhow the brightest you can find. Also the cheapest. ” He explained that the natives did not want money, but that bright jewelry purchased expert guides and loyal carriers. John Gaitha Browning, the GI who had lived as a painter among the Indians of the American Southwest, had had the forethought of hoarding needles to trade in the Southwest Pacific.
Moreover, as these publications tried to target the ‘average’ soldier, they almost inevitably resorted to colorful vignettes and facile generalizations, leaving many blank spaces for the reader to fill in. Yet as a US War Department survey showed, these were the very booklets on which the overwhelming majority of troops relied for a better understanding of the foreign countries and peoples they were about to encounter. Aboard a ship on its way to India in 1944, a soldier in less than an evening browsed through three military booklets that covered most of the Asian mainland.
It was snowing, and the winds gusting across the ocean were so icy that sailors on watch had to protect their faces with thick masks. But all that abruptly changed when the ship nosed into the Pacific via the Panama Canal. ” Like obedient tourists, soldiers took to sunbathing with a vengeance in the Pacific, where the radiant sun combined with mellow winds to paint bronze, salt-air tans. A delighted soldier, whose ship had only recently entered the Pacific, told his parents in Tennessee that every day he left work at four in the afternoon, jumped in his shorts, and then rushed to the flight deck to take a sun bath.