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.
"From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages,
here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities."-The
New York Times
"Massive, beautiful . . . unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject."-The Wall Street Journal
"A dazzling panorama . . . one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory."-Saturday Review
"Kaleidoscopic . . . This book will make you fall in love with Spain."-The Houston Post