I love James Michener novels so much people make fun of me for it. His books are thick and they usually have one word titles.
Michener takes what could be a dry subject and educates you while also entertaining you with drama in his narrative style.
He wrote over forty books, most of them centered on specific places. The books were historical accounts of people and places told using fictional characters. These characters make you care about the events they are experiencing.
No matter how much I already know about a place, I always come away from a Michener book excited about everything I just learned and wanting to go there on my next trip.
At the beginning of each of his books, Michener tells the reader what is history and what he made up. When a character is fictional, the conditions and experiences of that person are still crucial to the overall story. They provide the framework for understanding the major events in the book.
I haven’t read a bad Michener book. All of them are good, but the five below are excellent choices.