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Young and innocent, they came to a place they had barely heard of, prepared for war. They were American fighter pilots, trained but frightened, facing an an enemy they couldn't understand, and waging a war they had to win....About the Author:
James Michener himself was a foundling. A foundling is a baby who is abandoned at birth by his mother and often left on the steps of a church or a hospital or, worse yet, left in a trash dumpster. Michener was never able to find out who his mother and father were. This was unfortunate for them, as Michener became a millionaire due to the popularity of his works and they could have gotten the money had they identified themselves. His birth date is listed as February 3, 1907 but Michener wrote that he did not know who his biological parents were or exactly when or where he was born. He said he was raised a Quaker by an adoptive mother, Mabel Michener, in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. By the way, my family was from there too!!! Michener did not have children, as his Japanese wife never had children, so Michener has neither known ancestors nor descendants. Having no family to leave his money to, Michener contributed more than $100 million to universities, libraries, museums, and other charitable causes. In his final years, the Micheners lived in Austin, Texas. He and his wife endowed the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. It provides Michener Fellowship scholarships to students accepted to the university's MFA in Writing graduate writing program. His last wife, who was Japanese, died in 1994. Michener had no children. Suffering from terminal kidney disease, in October 1997, Michener ended the daily Dialysis treatments that had kept him alive for four years. He said he had accomplished what he wanted and did not want further physical complications. On October 16, 1997, James A. Michener died of kidney failure at the age of 90. He was cremated and his ashes were placed next to those of his wife at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery in Austin, Texas.
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Book Description Thorndike Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110783891822