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In this classic novel, James A. Michener brings his grand epic tradition to bear on the four-hundred-year saga of America’s Eastern Shore, from its Native American roots to the modern age. In the early 1600s, young Edmund Steed is desperate to escape religious persecution in England. After joining Captain John Smith on a harrowing journey across the Atlantic, Steed makes a life for himself in the New World, establishing a remarkable dynasty that parallels the emergence of America. Through the extraordinary tale of one man’s dream, Michener tells intertwining stories of family and national heritage, introducing us along the way to Quakers, pirates, planters, slaves, abolitionists, and notorious politicians, all making their way through American history in the common pursuit of freedom.
 
Praise for Chesapeake
 
“Another of James Michener’s great mines of narrative, character and lore.” The Wall Street Journal
 
“[A] marvelous panorama of history seen in the lives of symbolic people of the ages . . . an emotionally and intellectually appealing book.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“Michener’s most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Magnificently written . . . one of those rare novels that are enthusiastically passed from friend to friend.” —Associated Press

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“Another of James Michener’s great mines of narrative, character and lore.” The Wall Street Journal
 
“[A] marvelous panorama of history seen in the lives of symbolic people of the ages . . . an emotionally and intellectually appealing book.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“Michener’s most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Magnificently written . . . one of those rare novels that are enthusiastically passed from friend to friend.” —Associated Press

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"Michener''s most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
"Brilliantly written."
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Once again James A. Michener brings history to life with this 400-year saga of America''s great bay and its Eastern Shore. Following Edmund Steed and his remarkable family, who parallel the settling and forming of the nation, CHESAPEAKE sweeps readers from the unspoiled world of the Native Americans to the voyages of Captain John Smith, the Revolutionary War, and right up to modern times.


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"Michener''s most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
"Brilliantly written."
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Once again James A. Michener brings history to life with this 400-year saga of America''s great bay and its Eastern Shore. Following Edmund Steed and his remarkable family, who parallel the settling and forming of the nation, CHESAPEAKE sweeps readers from the unspoiled world of the Native Americans to the voyages of Captain John Smith, the Revolutionary War, and right up to modern times.

"From the Paperback edition.

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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William J. Higgins,III
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Skill and Imagination...
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2017
Once again, from the pen of best-seller novelist James Michener, an all-embracing and comprehensive historical drama...this time the Chesapeake Bay area as the backdrop...from the late 1500’s to the mid-1970’s. In typical Michener fashion of circa a thousand... See more
Once again, from the pen of best-seller novelist James Michener, an all-embracing and comprehensive historical drama...this time the Chesapeake Bay area as the backdrop...from the late 1500’s to the mid-1970’s.

In typical Michener fashion of circa a thousand pages, every chapter is wonderfully portrayed with colorful characters and their descendants evolving for four hundred years. From the early days of Indian chieftain Pentaquod up through and including the fictional families of Steeds, Paxmores, Turlocks, Caters and countless others, we delve into generations of lineage and what becomes of the land, customs and personalities over time.

The chapters on slave ships and the ensuing outcomes of this horrific practice in history are extremely well represented, shocking and heart-wrenching.

Michener was without a doubt a brilliant, gifted and exceptional storyteller in his portrayal of particular places throughout the ages.
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Ritesh Laud
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Some of Michener''s best work
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2017
I''m guessing this must be one of Michener''s most critically acclaimed novels. Having read only a couple other of his works to date (The Source and Poland), I don''t really have much basis for comparison. I remember that to me, the many mini-stories that comprise The Source... See more
I''m guessing this must be one of Michener''s most critically acclaimed novels. Having read only a couple other of his works to date (The Source and Poland), I don''t really have much basis for comparison. I remember that to me, the many mini-stories that comprise The Source varied quite a bit in quality, whereas the stories in Poland were more consistently excellent. In my opinion, Chesapeake overall falls a bit short of Poland but the central third or so focused on the practice of slavery is head and shoulders above anything in Poland. This is a must read book for any with the slightest interest in history.

Around 400 years are covered in Chesapeake, with the fictional stories / chapters arranged chronologically and featuring several distinct themes:
1) American Indian life in the area and the arrival of European settlers
2) Rapid spread of American agriculture and resulting conflicts with Indians
3) Plantation lifestyle and the practice of slavery
4) The slavery debate and Civil War
5) Reconstruction
6) The Civil Rights movements

Themes #3 and #4 above are written the best in my opinion. Superb! Violent adventure on the high seas is followed by phenomenal accounts of the lives of slaves and the development of the Underground Railroad.
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Chesapeake land of my dreams
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2016
I bought this book for my granddaughter. I have a first edition that I have just started to read for the 4th time. When I was a kid of about 12 I went camping on the Eastern Shore across from Turkey Point. At that time I knew I was going to return to boat in this area when... See more
I bought this book for my granddaughter. I have a first edition that I have just started to read for the 4th time. When I was a kid of about 12 I went camping on the Eastern Shore across from Turkey Point. At that time I knew I was going to return to boat in this area when I was older. Fast forward my wife and I had a boat on the Eastern Shore for almost 30 years. I love this area and Michener captures the feel of Chesapeake perfectly. In that time I became friends with 6/8 generation locals, waterman,including " Mr. Johnny " who at 96 years old was the oldest working waterman on the bay. I''ve been on all the rivers mentioned in the book and also in all the towns he writes about. The one experience I would like to share is on one warm early October day my wife and I took a dinghy ride on a creek that held thousands upon thousands of Canadian geese. Real slow we worked our way through this congestion of Honkers. They slowly moved out of the way and they refilled the spot after we went by. I do not know what spooked them but all at once they lifted from the water at the same time. The noise was unbelievable and this sky was blacked out. We felt this is what it must of been like a few hundred years ago.
Michener brings these things and many, many, more alive for you the reader. Probably my all-time favorite book and I''m sure you will enjoy it as much as I have. One more note I have to add is our last and final boat a 40 footer we had for 12 years was named "Pentaquod" after the opening character of the book. I miss the boat and the Chesapeake and that''s why I''m rereading the novel it brings me back to the Bay that I love.
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THarris
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A long book but worth every minute
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2017
I am a big fan of Michener''s books. I loved this one although the cruelty described was at times, difficult to get through. As in most of his books, he describes the cruelty to the native inhabitants of the land. This book goes on to describe the horrors of slavery: the... See more
I am a big fan of Michener''s books. I loved this one although the cruelty described was at times, difficult to get through. As in most of his books, he describes the cruelty to the native inhabitants of the land. This book goes on to describe the horrors of slavery: the stubborn, confused, greedy and evil minds of those who promoted, profited from and contributed to the continuation of slavery. I am always amazed that the organized church, ministers, congregations, supposedly Christian people, were among the most ardent supporters of slavery. The one exception was the strong opposition from the Quackers and their brave attempts to help many gain freedom. But even after slavery was abolished, in this area, as around the nation, the black race was held down, abused, discriminated against for well over a hundred years. But not to make the book all sad and depressing, there are many sections of enjoyable and beautiful descriptions of the area and it''s people.
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Mike
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Plausable historical fiction.
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2018
I''ve owned this book in hardcover for many, many years and wanted the Kindle edition to avoid wearing out the hardcover one. I''ve read Chesapeake at least a dozen times and I never grow tired of it. I love the way Michener mixes historical fact with his... See more
I''ve owned this book in hardcover for many, many years and wanted the Kindle edition to avoid wearing out the hardcover one.

I''ve read Chesapeake at least a dozen times and I never grow tired of it. I love the way Michener mixes historical fact with his fictional characters to tell his story. He was a master at it and you wind up learning about history through the lives of these characters who, for all we know, may well have been real. Michener weaves fact and fiction so well you wind up wanting to believe it all actually happened just the way he told it even though you know better, or do you?
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Shrink Washington
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Very disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2020
I’d read Michener in my younger years and found his works educational and entertaining. As I now live in the Delmarva peninsula a neighbor encourage me to read Chesapeake. The first several hundred pages were. enlightening but the introduction of slavery really bogged the... See more
I’d read Michener in my younger years and found his works educational and entertaining. As I now live in the Delmarva peninsula a neighbor encourage me to read Chesapeake. The first several hundred pages were. enlightening but the introduction of slavery really bogged the work down. The initial slave couple having been sold by Muslims to slave traffickers were depicted as virtuous people. The reader was led to believe this self educated couple was intelligent and industrious. Future generations of negroes from this couple, however, were depicted as ignorant, unable to speak properly and lacking ambition. I found that problematic.

Of course there were good white people - Quakers - and bad ones - Catholics and racists. I found it difficult to reach the end of this work and I tried very hard. Of Michener works I’ve read (Poland and South Pacific) this was the worst
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USCGRet
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A must read
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2021
James Michener outdid himself with the large cast of characters in this book. We’ve got Native Americans; British; Quakers; oysters and crabs; crooks and lawmen; strong women and meek men. We’ve got pirates; shipbuilders; ship destroyers; slaves; Arab slave traders; slave... See more
James Michener outdid himself with the large cast of characters in this book. We’ve got Native Americans; British; Quakers; oysters and crabs; crooks and lawmen; strong women and meek men. We’ve got pirates; shipbuilders; ship destroyers; slaves; Arab slave traders; slave catchers; abolitionists; illiterate waterman; college educated plantation owners. Politicians; schemers; murder and mayhem all rolled up into many inter-connecting chains of stories. The Kindle version is 1000 pages in length but I felt it ended way too soon since each and every chapter was engrossing.
I never knew about the mating rituals of oysters and molting dangers with crabs. How the Susquehanna River affected the Bay from its apparent start in New York. Michener’s descriptions of the natural disasters and use of actual people, historic events and locations just added more to this fictional novel.
I know Michener is gone but his imagination and preparation for each of his novels that I’ve read were amazing. There is so much color commentary and background on the characters, I found myself feeling sorry for the wild life over some of the ruthless waterman.
Footnote: This book would have never made it to print in the PC atmosphere of today. Some portions read like the lyrics in gangsta rap music. Aloha.
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Frank DonnellyTop Contributor: Poetry Books
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A Very Well Written, Lengthy Historical Fiction About The Area Around Chesapeake Bay
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
“Chesapeake” is yet another really well written, sprawling historical fiction authored by James Michener. The novel was published in the 1970s and represents life around Chesapeake Bay from the 16th century up until the 1970s. In structure it is similar to other James... See more
“Chesapeake” is yet another really well written, sprawling historical fiction authored by James Michener. The novel was published in the 1970s and represents life around Chesapeake Bay from the 16th century up until the 1970s. In structure it is similar to other James Michener novels that I have previously read, most notably “Hawaii” and “Centennial”. I liked this novel very much, although I slightly preferred the other two mentioned novels.

I have been studying James Michener as an author and reading his fiction in the order of publication. His work is very readable. Although fiction, Mister Michener clearly does a lot of research and one can learn a great deal about history by reading and studying his novels.

Having studied Mister Michener I am quite positive that he is a strong advocate of civil rights. The reason I mention this is that this novel includes a substantial narrative about slavery and civil rights. Racial nomenclature that a reader could find offensive appears many times in this novel. Due to context, I was not offended but speaking for myself, there was a significant “cringe factor” that diminished my reading enjoyment. As a parent I would allow high school aged children to read this novel, but would insist unpin close parental guidance and discussion.

In summary, I very much liked this novel. I place it near, but not at the top of James Michener novels that I have thus far read. My favorite Michener novels thus far are “Hawaii”, “Centennial”, and “Caravans”. Thank You for taking the time to read this review.
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aj mccall
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Mitchener fiction
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2020
I ordered a new copy , I''m sure this is a second hand copy. Disappointed as I always prefer a new copy when new copies are available
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J. wade
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Perfect for holiday
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 9, 2021
Loved it
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Melissa Hickling
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Very good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 20, 2020
Very good read . Delivered on time
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Siobhan J Clifford
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Feels second hand.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2021
The quality is disappointing. I was expecting a new copy, this feels second hand
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George
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A long Slog
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 2, 2018
Interesting. But it certainly isn''t literature.
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