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
Lawrence Wright’s first rate new book, God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State, is a clear-eyed, yet affectionate exploration of America’s 28th state which Wright also calls home. It can be said that Texas (with it’s political unrest, populism ideology, and general cantankerousness) is a reflection of the United States of America as a whole. This is not unlike how my wife says I am a reflection of Hugh Jackman.
Texas has a kind of cultural identity that makes it like no ot ...more
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.
Essential reading for anyone who loves Texas. Required reading for anyone who despises or is utterly confused by Texas but wishes to claim an open mind. This book is a delightful journey through the good, the bad, and the quirky of a nation-state that is still discovering and constantly reinventing itself. The writing is open, honest, insightful, and beautiful. I did not want this book to end.
This is a fast and fabulous, smart and funny read…the kind that reads so effortlessly because the author has a lifetime of writing experience. There is a big-hearted generosity in Wright’s view of Texas, though he doesn’t hesitate to point out personalities or policies that diminish what he believes the state could be. Wright lived many years in Austin, the big blue liberal heart of Texas, a city that attracted so many people to what the city once was that it no longer resembles that attractive ...more
Wright is most remembered for his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, about the rise of al-Qaida. But, he has also written film scripts, plays, and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He seems to have an insatiable curiosity about people, places and all things Texan. He has traveled throughout the State and is on a first-name basis with a plethora of Texan notables.
God Save Texas is an engaging travelogue that is part memoir, part history and part journalistic reporting. He covers ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this author read his informative and entertaining book. Mr. Wright and I are almost exactly the same age (for the record, he is 4 weeks older than I am) and have many parallel, if not equal, experiences. With the exception of Houston and its people, this book covers places I've been, historic events that happened where I lived, and the political environment of my home state. Like me, he claims Texas as his home but is not a native Texan, even though he shares th ...more
Lawrence Wright is a noted writer of non-fiction - his book, "The Looming Tower" was a Pulitzer Prize winner - and one work of fiction. As an almost life-long resident of Texas, his latest book, "God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State", is a journey through the history of the state as well as a bit of a journey through his life. He and his family have lived decades in Texas - mostly in Austin - and he's lived though some of the most important events since 1950. His book i ...more
Many parts of this book were very interesting and were clear. As we meandered toward the end, I felt that the author was searching for ways to bring the book to the required 350 pages. The unconnected autobiographical information did nothing to bring the book to its general thesis. The political descriptions were good and informative, however, so much was totally a waste of time. Sorry, Larry!