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God Save Texas

God Save Texas

A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State

Book - 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525520108
0525520104
Call Number: 917.64 WRI
Characteristics: 349 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bib Control Number: 964988

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StoriedLife
Jun 02, 2021

In the end, the writer delivers a scattershot report that relies too heavily on personal anecdotes and mentions of his mixing among celebrities. As critical as he sometimes is of Texas, he can’t seem to avoid a proudly defensive posture. And when he summarizes a Molly Irvins tale, readers are reminded that others have done this sort of thing better.

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SallyLaslie
Jul 29, 2019

Wright does appear to cover lots of foibles of what is the present-day State of Texas. It does seem that its politics have become goofy, if not just blatantly hostile to some marginal modicum of common sense, and also quite nasty. Wright is a deft narrator of the state's present condition, but occasionally he takes himself a bit too seriously, especially when awards are being doled out or when he is in the company of better known celebrities, political, artistic or otherwise.

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tluciv
May 06, 2019

A thoughtful, touching love letter to the State of a Texas, in all its self-satisfied, ugly/beautiful glory.

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EmilyEm
Nov 11, 2018

Wright has spent most of his life as a Texas writer and takes an at times memoir-like look at his life and times in the Lone Star State. At other times, he’s just telling stories of events and people, including history, culture, weather disasters, oil, cowboys, presidents, big business, borders and politics. His is a pretty even-handed, self-deprecating view.

Some in my family spent years living in Texas so I found this book a trip down memory lane as the author and I are the same age. Some of his stories made me laugh out loud. There are some characters. Big state; big impact on us all.

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671books
Aug 20, 2018

Really enjoyed this book. Loved how the author was able to seamlessly write about god, guns, and republicans all without stoking the flames of hate and anger. He managed to write a well informed book without taking sides. For anyone curious about Texas, this is the book for you.

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GummiGirl
Aug 20, 2018

Very informative and entertaining, with plenty of political and economic information as well as personal insights. The author has the useful perspective of being a long-time resident who has lived elsewhere as well, and has mixed with some of the famous and powerful.

DBRL_ReginaF Jul 10, 2018

as Gail Collins put it, "Like it or not, as Texas goes, so goes the nation." This book is a great look, region by region, of just HOW Texas goes.

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krsbozo
Jul 10, 2018

I revere journalists, and I love this book. I learned a lot about Texas, its history, and some of its many notable people. Wright is an excellent writer, and seems like a kind man.

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