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Michener, James A.

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ISBN 10: 0394564324 / ISBN 13: 9780394564326
Published by Random House, E-18, 1987
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hardcover. 8vo. Random House. 1987. 176 pgs. First Edition/First Printing. Signed by Michener on the half-title page with "JAM" stamp underneath. DJ has light shelf-wear present. Bound in cloth boards with gilt titles present. Boards have light shelf-wear present to the extremities. Text is clean and free of marks. Binding tight and solid. E-18; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 176 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 45535

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Title: Legacy

Publisher: Random House, E-18

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

About this title


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."
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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.

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