James Michener has passed. But the man whose life should have been a movie — and might be yet — left us a few, based on the Fodor's-epics that came out of him like honest sweat.
Three from his post-Navy wanderings: The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) is a gritty war-and-conscience Korean War flick with cast full of pros: William Holden and a typically glittering Grace Kelly with Frederic March and Mickey Rooney thrown in.
Sayonara (1957) has Brando, James Garner, and Ricardo Montalban — as a Japanese guy. Comedian Red Buttons played it serious for a Best Supporting Actor nod in the wartime hankey-wringer that won a fistful of hardware that year.
And once you have found South Pacific (1958), never let it go. Sure it's hokey. But old people really seem to like it. So give it a go.
At any rate, it's a lot quicker than reading those books.