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Best Books About Texas

Recommendations from 5 articles, Ryan Holiday.
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Lone Star
A History Of Texas And The Texans
T. R. Fehrenbach - 2000-04-07 (first published in 1968)
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Explore the vibrant history of Texas with an insider's perspective on the people, politics, and events that have shaped the Lone Star State. Follow the story from prehistory to the present day and discover the emergence of Texas as a republic, the Civil War, and the impact of oil on the state's economy. This lively and engaging account offers a fresh look at the distinct culture and mindset of Texans.
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Goodbye to a River
A Narrative
John Graves - 2002-07-09 (first published in 1959)
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This book is about a man's farewell canoe voyage on the Brazos River in Texas, where he reflects on the proposed dams that would change the surrounding countryside and people's lives. He delves into the region's old blood feuds, violent skirmishes with native tribes, and courageous and deceitful stories that shaped the river's people and the land's frontier history. Goodbye to a River is a true American classic, a powerful tribute to a vanishing way of life and its ever-changing natural environment.
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The Big Rich
The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
Bryan Burrough - 2009-01-27
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Discover the captivating saga of Texas oil tycoons with The Big Rich. Author Bryan Burrough weaves together the multigenerational stories of the industry's wealthiest families, including Roy Cullen, H. L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, and Sid Richardson. Burrough expertly chronicles their rise and fall, complete with monstrous egos, unimaginable sums of money, and Hollywood connections. With phenomenal reviews and sales, The Big Rich is a spellbinding account that only a writer with Burrough's abilities and Texas upbringing could have created.
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The Son
Philipp Meyer - 2013-05-28
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A sweeping saga of power and violence in the American west, tracing the legacy of one Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century. A twelve-year-old boy, captured by the Comanche after they murder his mother and sister, adapts to their way of life and fights in their wars against both other Native Americans and white men. The story follows Eli, his son, and great-granddaughter, exploring the ruthlessness and outsider status that has shaped their family’s rise to become one of the wealthiest in Texas. A harrowing and unforgettable masterwork of the American canon, The Son combines the storytelling prowess of Larry McMurtry with the sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.
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A Novel
James A. Michener - 2002-11-12 (first published in 1985)
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This epic saga spans four and a half centuries of Texas history, from Spanish conquistadors to present-day affluence and diversity. With a finely drawn cast of characters, Michener weaves a complex story of loyalty and betrayal, growth and development, violence and patriotism. Praised for his vivid and earnest portrayal of Texas and its character, Michener's book is a sweeping panorama that captivates readers with its multigenerational epic scale.
Discover the vivid history of Texas through stunning visuals with this limited edition collector's book. "Texas History Movies" originally debuted in The Dallas News in 1926, captivating readers with daily installments until it was temporarily suspended due to popular demand from history teachers across the state. Immerse yourself in the picturesque stories that make up Texas' unique past in this must-have addition to any history lover's collection.
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Recollections of Early Texas
Memoirs of John Holland Jenkins (Personal Narratives of the West Series)
Iii John Holmes Jenkins - 1974-01-01 (first published in 1987)
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Life at the frontier in East Texas is vividly captured in this firsthand account of a pioneer's experience. Be transported to the earliest days of English-speaking Texas in these illuminating recollections.
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Daughters of Dallas
A History of Greater Dallas Through the Voices and Deeds of Its Women
Vivian Anderson Castleberry - 1994-05-01
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Discover the untold stories of the women of Dallas in this captivating read by Vivian Anderson Castleberry. Through their voices and deeds, witness the history of this great Texan city unfold. Explore the intricacies of their lives and triumphs, and gain a new perspective on the past. Get ready for a fascinating journey through time and the lives of the daughters of Dallas.
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Gone to Texas
A History of the Lone Star State
Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell - 2004-02-12 (first published in 2003)
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Discover the history and diverse people of the Lone Star State with Gone to Texas. From the earliest human settlers over 10,000 years ago to the modern day, this book explores the challenges and conflicts faced by Texans as they shaped the land and their identity. With a focus on successive waves of immigrants, the inclusive story offers a deeper understanding of what makes Texas unique. Engage with the various cultures and histories that make up this iconic part of America, through expert storytelling and vivid descriptions.
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Lone Star Pasts
Memory and History in Texas (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest)
Gregg Cantrell - 2006-12-01
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Explore the importance of memory in shaping Texas' past in this groundbreaking volume. Scholars delve into how historical events like the Alamo and the Civil War have been remembered and memorialized in the state, as well as examining modern-day collective memories and meaning. A must-read for anyone interested in the nuanced version of Texas history that goes beyond the textbook.
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Beyond Myths and Legends
Kenneth Wayne Howell - 2009-03-01