by James A. Michener


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Like the heroic land that is its subject, James Michener's POLAND teems with vivid events and unforgettble characters. In the sweeping span of eight tumultuous centuries, three Polish families live out their destinies and the drama of a nation—in the grand tradition of a great James Michener saga.
"POLAND is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country's tribulations."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394531892
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/12/1983
Pages: 556

About the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Date of Birth:

February 3, 1907

Date of Death:

October 16, 1997

Place of Death:

Austin, Texas


B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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Poland 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot think of a book that I have read in the past which engrossed me so thoroughly! From the minute I picked it up I couldn't help but donate all my free time to reading it. What I found predominately set this book apart from others was it's ability to not only tell the history of Poland, but relate the history of the entire European continent, and all it's countries through just it's most eastern one, Poland. I was extremely impressed with how Michener was able to display the the history of this country accurately, through ficticous families. This method puts you inside the history and makes you part of it. His ability to not get "stuck" on politically popular points in history (such as not focusing entirely on the holocaust, or Russian occupation) and keeping it as an "indepth overview", so to speak, of the nations history is what kept me reading. I reccomend it to all who have a passion for history. This is not just a historically accurate depicition of Poland, it was quite possibly the best, and most entertaining source of historical information I have ever come across.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From Genghis Khan's Mongol-Tatar invasions to Lech Walesa's solidarity movement, the novel intertwines historical figures and facts with a fictional tale of three Polish families - counts, minor nobles, and peasants. Poland's fascinating history comes alive and an understanding of its people emerges. Na zdrowie! (Cheers!)
Saivute More than 1 year ago
Definitely highly recommended book, Michener provides an unforgettable image about Poland's glorious past. Though not always accurate in historical details, you will enjoy reading every page of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a German Studies major at Columbia University, I am always on the look out for Poland and its relationship of same. I love this book--fictional as it is. The research is tremendous and the story telling audacious. Mixed with dialogue, Michener brings the terrible tragedies of Poland to the fore. I highly recommend the book.
Rembrandt2 More than 1 year ago
Great insight into Polish and Jewish peoples and how the Nazis and others imposed the most cruel genocide in human history.
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santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Typical Michener novel, with Poland is the subject.
ex_ottoyuhr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michener's characterization and human interest are never very good, but his gimmick is history, and _that_ he does well. I learned more about Eastern European history from this novel and subsequent research along its lines than I have from any other source. It is astonishing that one can make it through American high school (or even college!) without once hearing about the Siege of Vienna...
mielniczuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes fiction gives a better sense of reality than history. This novel helped me understand the sources of national pride and ongoing tensions in the country of my parents.
fuzzy_patters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For whatever reason, I just could not get into this one. Michener's writing style seemed overly detailed to the point that the book became dry. I read the first 150 pages or so before I gave up on it, and it is not because I do not like history. I majored in history in college. I simply did not find this to be a very well written novel.
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Quite simply, the absolute best historical fiction book I have ever read. The only fiction book I have ever read cover-to-cover four separate times.
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Unless you have really good eyes do not buy this paperback! The print is jammed into each page and is too small to read. The book should have been made a little bigger so the print was not so small. I had to return the book. I am starting to see this in more and more books...Check before you buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
J. A. Michener's Poland , paperback page 65 reads as follows: ...Teutonic Knights who crept out of Germany to occupy the Baltic seacoast- which should normally have been part of Poland-acted under the Pope... Fact: Tacitus in 98 AD states in the Germania- that the Suebi - Goths - Aesti (Prussi) live at the Mare Suebicum in Germania. Fact: Before the birth of Christ and Ptolemy ca 150 AD described Magna Germania and the Goths at the Vistula river with the West Baltic Galinder and Sudauer Borusci-Prussi to the east(Aesti). Fact: 550 AD Jordanis describes the Aesti-Prussi as part of the Gothic empire under Theodoric the Great. First record of the Polanen was made mid 900's ,when Miezko I and son Boleslaw I Chrobry received land on loan from the German kings/emperors Otto I,II,III . For this they pledged allegiance to the German kings. Then they went conquering to the north,east, west and south. 1920 and 1945-49 the communists and allies from the Soviet Union and Poland illegally removed the oiginal Prussia-German population. Michener echoes this 'original Polish land' fantasy.