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Recommendations from 5 articles, Ryan Holiday.
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Goodbye to a River
A Narrative
John Graves - 2002-07-09 (first published in 1959)
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In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River in north-central Texas. For John Graves, this project meant that if the stream’s regimen was thus changed, the beautiful and sometimes brutal surrounding countryside would also change, as would the lives of the people whose rugged ancestors had eked out an existence there. Graves th...
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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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An insider's history of Texas that examines the people, politics, and events which have shaped the Lone Star State, from prehistory to the modern day Here is an up-to-the-moment history of the Lone Star State, together with an insider's look at the people, politics, and events that have shaped Texas from the beginning right up to our days. Never be...
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The Big Rich
The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
Bryan Burrough - 2010-03-30 (first published in 2009)
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"What's not to enjoy about a book full of monstrous egos, unimaginable sums of money, and the punishment of greed and shortsightedness?" Phenomenal reviews and sales greeted the hardcover publication of The Big Rich, New York Times bestselling author Bryan Burrough's spellbinding chronicle of Texas oil. Weaving together the multigenerational sagas ...
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The Son
Philipp Meyer - 2014-01-28 (first published in 2012)
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Soon to be a TV Series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer.Now in paperback, the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling epic, a saga of land, blood, and power that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.Part epic of Texas, part...
the history of Texas is so picturesque that there is a natural temptation to tell it in pictures. This was the idea behind the publication of "The Texas History Movies", which were introduced in The Dallas News in the Fall of 1926 and printed daily in that newspaper until June, 1927, when they were suspended until the following Fall at the request ...
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Recollections of Early Texas
Memoirs of John Holland Jenkins (Personal Narratives of the West Series)
Iii John Holmes Jenkins - 1987-09-01
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"[These reminiscences] light up for whoever will read the earliest days of early English-speaking Texas." --J. Frank Dobie, from the forewordA firsthand account of pioneer life in east Texas....
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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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Daughters of Dallas: A History of Greater Dallas Through the Voices and Deeds of Its Women by Vivian Anderson Castleberry....
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A Novel
James A. Michener - 2002-11-12 (first published in 1985)
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Spanning four and a half centuries, James A. Michener’s monumental saga chronicles the epic history of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors to its current reputation as one of America’s most affluent, diverse, and provocative states. Among his finely drawn cast of characters, emotional and political alliances are made and b...
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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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The past has long fingers into the present, but they are not just the fingers of fact. How we remember the past is at least as important as the objective facts of that past. The memories used by a people to define itself have to be understood not just as (sometimes) bad history but also as historical artifacts themselves. Texas’ pasts are examined ...
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Beyond Myths and Legends
A Narrative History of Texas
Kenneth Wayne Howell - 2011-01-01 (first published in 2008)
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Gone to Texas
Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell - 2012-04-11