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God Save Texas

God Save Texas

A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018
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"With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny. God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslim adherents). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be"-- Provided by publisher.
"Explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny. God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslim adherents). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2018.
ISBN: 9780525588993
Call Number: EAUDIOBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Bib Control Number: 160097

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Mooseum
Apr 13, 2019

Sometimes I wonder if you have to have lived in Texas to understand its idiosyncrasies. It probably helps, in an "you had to be there" sort of way. On my first day in Houston, I was walking down the extremely humid street when a short and energetic older woman said "hi" to me in a loud Texas drawl. I smiled and greeted her in return. With that brief greeting, she welcomed me to my new home.

My time in Texas during the 1990s was like no other. During my first months, the Republican Convention was held in Houston. It was an eye-opener to attend the demonstrations, with many of my new friends playing active roles. Ann Richards was governor (although not for a second term, and now I know why.)

This is Lawrence Wright's tell-all book about Texas. He dives deeply into its history and explains much of it as objectively as possible. Yet, he has his heart deep in Texas too, and that love for the state comes out loud and clear.

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jquick99
Jul 12, 2018

I lived in Houston for over 15 years so was interested in this book, but it is all about the author and who he knows (which is a lot of people). Oh, and Texas.

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