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 Muslims). 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....
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God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State Reviews
A meandering look into the political culture and culture of Texas and what it bodes for the future of the United States--from oil and right wing politics to music, art, and food. An enjoyable read as it moves from quainter aspects of Texas to the potentially more sinister implications of a politics that stays steadfastly to the right though every demographic trend suggests this will bite the state in the ass one day.
I’m not sure what the point of this book was. Each chapter tends to embrace a different city or concept. But then the organization is all over the place. In one section, you might get a fascinating political/sociological look at some major thing that happened in Texan history. The next, you’ll get some interesting but ultimately irrelevant fluff.
It is hard to describe without giving a few examples. For one, in the chapter about Texan presidents, the author randomly spends what felt like a third ...more
Aptly subtitled. An engaging memoir in which the author regales the reader with Texan history and culture while opining on his love/hate relationship with the state. Actually there’s a whole lotta love for the Lone Star State with more annoyance than hatred. If one has any affinity towards Texas this is a must read book.
Fun survey with Wright’s characteristic eye for detail.
Audiobook....narrated by the author, Lawrence Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for book “The Looming Tower”.
This is my first book by Lawrence Wright....
.....which is entertaining and informative....’fascinating info.’
I sure wouldn’t hesitate reading any one of Wright’s other books — each one are interesting topics & issues: Twins and what they tell us....The Terror Years from Al Qaeda to the Islamic State....Scientology.....animal welfare, “ The Right of Mice”.....etc.
Besides learning ...more
TEXAS POLITICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES
God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover, 978-0-5255-2010-4, (also available as an e-book, on Audible, and as a large-print paperback), 368 pgs., $27.95
April 17, 2018
In a former life, I was a paralegal for an international law firm in Dallas. During a conversation with a lawyer from Philadelphia, he told me something astonishing. According to him, neither does Pennsylvania require years of state history in ...more
A wonderful examination and portrait of my home state. I savored this, not wanting to be done with it so soon--Wright has a great eye for dissecting how ridiculous, hypocritical, odd, and ultimately influential Texas is in relation to the rest of the country. God Save Texas looks at the politics, culture and society of Texas, along with some brief Texas history and some personal memoir from Wright. The chapter focusing on Houston and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey was written with such care, ...more