By James A. Michener
Thorndike Press Large Print (1988), 253 pages
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - August 23, 2010
James A. Michener is a superb writer of history. After extensive research, he incorporates interesting and informative historical facts into a very readable work of fiction. His Hawaii and his Source are great examples. The first recalls the history of Hawaii and the second of Israel. This volume tells about eight fictional generations of American heroes, men and women, who helped mold the United States from its beginning until the time of the Iran Contra controversy.
A well decorated soldier, the scion of a marvelous group of ancestors, is accused by the US Congress for misbehavior regarding Iran. His friend, a lawyer, plans to defend him in several ways, including putting his family’s history, the history of the United States, before Congress.
But there is a surprising ending brought about by a man from another country.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.