Texas has frequently been a source of controversy, often drawing criticism (even, sometimes, from those who have never been there!) about such as gun laws, minority groups, immigration, politics and, most recently, as a heartland for Donald Trump supporters. Yet, at the same time, possessing a diverse population and revealing Texans with a characteristic friendliness. Author Lawrence Wright, an Oklahoman who lived in several different States but now calls himself a Texan, has penned a book which takes an impartial view of the Lone Star state.
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.
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