God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

by Lawrence Wright


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A New York Times Notable Book

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

An NPR Best Book of the Year

God Save Texas
is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state, but the cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king, but Texas now leads California in technology exports. Low taxes and minimal regulation have produced extraordinary growth, but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create.

Bringing together the historical and the contemporary, the political and the personal, Texas native Lawrence Wright gives us a colorful, wide-ranging portrait of a state that not only reflects our country as it is, but as it may become—and shows how the battle for Texas’s soul encompasses us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525520108
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 422,666
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of nine previous books of nonfiction, including In the New World, The Looming Tower, Going Clear, Thirteen Days in September, and The Terror Years, and one novel, God’s Favorite. His books have received many prizes and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower (now a series on Hulu). He is also a playwright and screenwriter. He is a longtime resident of Austin, Texas.


Austin, Texas

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1947

Place of Birth:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


B.A., Tulane University, 1969; M.A. (Applied Linguistics), American University in Cairo, 1971

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Table of Contents

1 The Charms, Such as They Are 3

2 A Tale of Three Wells 27

3 Houston, We Have a Problem 55

4 Culture, Explained 89

5 The Cradle of Presidents 113

6 Turn the Radio On 139

7 Big D 167

8 Sausage Makers 189

9 The City of the Violet Crown 237

10 More Sausage 255

11 Borderlands 285

12 The High Lonesome 303

13 Far West, Far Out 319

14 Among the Confederates 343

Acknowledgments 347

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you already love Texas or just want to understand more of its quirkiness this book is an absolute must read. I've lived in Texas through many major events of my life including high school and college and I learned many things unknown to me. This book is captivating and kept me reading into the night with its hilarious anecdotes and personal experiences of the author. It rings true and divulges great insider conversations that I found so interesting, particularly around George W, Lady Bird and the way Houston dealt with Hurricane Harvey. This book about the soul of Texas is written with great heart and soul!