In a thrilling collection of nonfiction adventure stories, James A. Michener returns to the most dazzling place on Earth: the islands that inspired ... Show synopsis In a thrilling collection of nonfiction adventure stories, James A. Michener returns to the most dazzling place on Earth: the islands that inspired "Tales of the South Pacific." Co-written with A. Grove Day, "Rascals in Paradise "offers portraits of ten scandalous men and women, some infamous and some overlooked, including Sam Comstock, a mutinous sailor whose delusions of grandeur became a nightmare; Will Mariner, a golden-haired youth who used his charm to win over his captors; and William Bligh, the notorious HMS "Bounty "captain who may not have been the monster history remembers him as. From lifelong buccaneers to lapsed noblemen, in Michener and Day s capable hands these rogues become the stuff of legend. Praise for "Rascals in Paradise" "" The best book about those far-scattered islands that has appeared in a long time . . . a portfolio of rare and ruthless personalities that is calculated to make the curliest hair stand straight on end. "The New York Times" "" [Combines] research and scholarship (A. Grove Day was a professor at the University of Hawaii) with a gift for spinning a yarn and depicting character (Michener, journalist and novelist, needs no introduction). "Kirkus Reviews" "From the Paperback edition.""