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God Save Texas: A Journey into the Future of America Kindle Edition
"Beautifully written. . . . Essential reading [for] anyone who wants to understand how one state changed the trajectory of the country." --NPR"Compelling. . . . Timely. . . . There is a sleeping giant in Texas, and Wright captures the frustration and the hope that reverberate across the state each time it stirs." --The Washington Post "Superb. . . . An elegant mixture of autobiography and long-form journalism." --The New York Times Book Review "Terrific. . . . Valuable and often provocative. . . . Wright's words could speak for both Texas and America." --The Dallas Morning News "Vivid . . . Affectionate and genial . . . Capture[s] the full range of Texas in all its shame and glory . . . An illuminating primer for outsiders who may not live there but have a surfeit of opinions about those who do . . . It's a testament to Wright's formidable storytelling skills that a reader will encounter plenty of information without ever feeling lost." --The New York Times
"Important, timely, and riveting. . . . Wright, a lifelong Texan and acclaimed author, knows his way around the state's contradictions, from its wild borderlands to its craziest legislators." --New York "A godsend . . . . Brilliant analysis. . . . Wright's treatment flows impressionistically from one topic to the next . . . introducing myriad characters in a cascade of crystalline sketches." --Newsday
"The most entertaining and edifying nonfiction book I've read so far this year . . . [Wright] is a rare beast: an elegant writer and a fearless reporter, with a sense of humor as dry as the plains of west Texas." --Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times
"At once a piece of journalism, a love letter to a place and a memoir.. . . [Wright] writes about his state with the fervor, knowledge, and ambivalence that comes from deep-seated familiarity." --The Wall Street Journal
"Wright's affectionate, eye-opening, and, at times, rueful love letter to his native state . . . This is Texas in all its fascinating outrageousness." --The Christian Science Monitor
"The reader comes away with an idea that the state is a place of competing melodies: a bit of Austin country, a few measures of Roy Orbison, a riff from Buddy Holley and, for [Wright], maybe a stanza of 'Home on the Range.'" --The Boston Globe
"Wright tames his sprawling subject matter with concise sentences and laser-precise word choice . . . Gives readers a front-row seat to the battle within the Texas GOP between business-oriented conservatives, led by House Speaker Joe Straus, and the social-conservative wing headed up by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick." --Houston Chronicle
"Both celebratory and melancholy. . . . The grand scale of Texas, and the sheer range of its places and people--Houston to El Paso, the Panhandle to the Valley--is inevitably compelling to any writer, and Wright is happy just trying to get his arms around it all." --Austin Chronicle --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B076FN3GHQ
- Publisher : Penguin (26 April 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 19278 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 329 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0241325706
- Best Sellers Rank: 375,812 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Combining personal reminiscences and facts, the book commences with a potted history of the state that was under the thumb of several nations before joining as the 28th state of the union in 1845. It then built its wealth with cattle, cotton and oil, with technology now adding to its economic growth. The book continues its journey with passages on oil wells, US Presidents, big cities and small towns, Mexico and border problems, culture, changes in political party support and the Texas legislature (with a rather ponderous look at the controversial “Bathroom Bill” that defined access to public toilets by transgender individuals). And, scattered throughout, small anecdotal items.
Written informally with a storyteller’s touch, “God Save America” reveals the State’s ever growing importance within the United States. It also adds considerably to knowledge already gathered for those, like myself, who have spent time working there.
It is by turns anecdotal, analytical, critical and affectionate; generally good humoured, he nevertheless doesn`t shy away from exposing some of the damaging extremes of the politics, economic disparity and aspects of Texas lifestyles such as gun culture.
It is also very informative in that he touches on diverse themes like music, food, literature, cinema and cultural stereotypes.
The Texan model – as opposed to the Californian model - is suggested as the current trend in the social/economic direction the USA as a whole may well take, though it`s fascinating to note that Texas may be on the verge of turning into a “blue” (Democrat) state in the future, as opposed to the “Red” state it has been for decades.
It`s a relatively easy and enjoyable book to read, though a little understanding of the American political system is helpful. The narrative charting the passage of the “Bathroom Bill” as it was debated in the state Capitol is almost like a black-humoured pantomime; a rather petty, pedantic and unnecessary piece of legislation, this contentious bill was the subject of hours of debate, while vastly more important problems such as that of education funding remained unresolved; it highlights the fault-lines that exist in the Texan Republican party between economic Conservatives and cultural Conservatives.
A balanced, thoughtful and entertaining portrait of this enormous and influential state and a considered projection of it`s relevance in the future of the USA.