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  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • God Save Texas A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State
  • Lawrence Wright
  • English
  • 19 July 2017
  • 9780525520108

10 thoughts on “God Save Texas A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State

  1. says:

    What a treat to have read God Save Texas after reading Sam Anderson's Boom Town about Oklahoma City and Lou Berney's November Road a novel about the JFK assassination in Dallas that's also partly set in Oklahoma It's soooo nice to take such deep thoughtful and intelligent dives into MY part of the world instead of all th

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    Audiobooknarrated by the author Lawrence Wright winner of the Pulitzer Prize for book “The Looming Tower”This is my first book by Lawrence Wrightwhich 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 usThe Terror Years from Al aeda to the Islamic StateScientologyanimal welfare “ The Right of Mi

  3. says:

    My introduction to Lawrence Wright is God Save Texas A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State Anyone who savors long reads in Texas Monthly or the New Yorker should feel right at home with this terrific book published in 2018 and with Wright a screenwriter playwright Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who's contributed pieces to those tw

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    This is a fast and fabulous smart and funny readthe 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 d

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    With summer approaching I find myself drawn to books set in warmer locations Each summer I also search for a travelogue that takes me along the open roads Although not exactly a travelogue when a group in the nonfiction book club started reading G D Save Texas by former Pulitzer winning and long time Texas resident Lawrence Wright I was moved to join them Wright takes his readers on a journey through the state in a way that only

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    If you have ever had a friend who can´t stop bragging about himself begins the conversation following one topic just for you to realize uickly that he has meanwhile slipped into an unrelated digression constantly dropping names regardless of what people around him talk about then you know how it feels to read God Save Texas A Journey Into th

  7. says:

    If America interests you in any way you'll almost certainly get something out of God Save Texas As an Americanophile who recently visi

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    I have learned so many things about Houston`s history and Texas from this book I liked it very much It is a book that explains embraces and forewarns about the TEXAN evolution Anyone with an interest in Texas or US politics will enjoy it very much I love reading books like this when the narrative flows effortlessly and you can stop and sip your tea and do your thing and come back and continue where you've left

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    A nice glimpse into the current cultural political and social environment of the Lone Star State Wright also includes some interesting historical tidbits and introduces us to several fascinating and oftentimes hilarious characters I laughed a lot while reading this Not just for Texans either Anyone interested in learning about the cultural m

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    Oh boy

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God Save Texas A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State

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 Tru. Audiobooknarrated by the author Lawrence Wright winner of the Pulitzer Prize for book The Looming Tower This is my first book by Lawrence Wrightwhich 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 usThe Terror Years from Al aeda to the Islamic StateScientologyanimal welfare The Right of Mice etc Besides learning that Texas hasn t elected a Democrat to a statewide office in than 20 years and that Texas leads California in technology exports no other state in America is relaxed about homeowners having exotic animals as pets Would you want a tiger living in your back yard I laughed when learning that Texas imported Peacocks to eat their snakes Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country It s why after living in Austin for 5 years our younger daughter Ali was ready to jump ship And did A 10 minute drive to work started to be a minimum of 30 minutes This was a terrific fun audiobook It s a wonderful smorgasbord of history politics friendship his buddy Steve convenience stores BIG gas stations BIG food BB BIG part memoir authentic Texan Culture vs inauthentic Austin s High Rise Towers is an example of not authenticSo why do people who live in Texas have so much pride about their state Very enjoyable book as I said but I ve no idea what they are so proud about Howeverif you are ever in Austin make sure to visit BookPeople It s a great book storeone Texans can definitely be proud aboutFUNNY FOR THE DAYTRUE STORYIn Texas homeowners are allowed to have exotic animals as big as they want in their yard Power to the animals In Florida homeowners will be fined 50 a day for growing vegetables in their front yard No power to the veggies or property

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Mpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in 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. This is a fast and fabulous smart and funny readthe 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 mixed race mixed income diversity so rich with possibilityHaving read Wright s big books on Carter s peace talks at Camp David and his exhaustive study of Christian Science I was unprepared for the deep vein of will you look at that humor that richly marbles this piece It is an utter delight to have Wright use his insider status as a resident to call out especially egregious instances of Texas bullshit The book is a memoir really the memoir of a natural raconteur from a state where cracking jokes about serious issues is an art form But before page ten Wright makes clear his assessment of the state Texas has nurtured an immature political culture that has some terrible damage to the state and to the nation Because Texas is a part of almost everything in modern America the South the West the Plains Hispanic and immigrant communities the border the divide between rural areas and the cities what happens here tends to disproportionately affect the rest of the nation Illinois and New Jersey may be corrupt Kansas and Louisiana dysfunctional but they don t bear the responsibility of being the futureWright is so skilled now at writing big books that he manages to give us lots of detail and information even in this relaxed telling all the while being really funny He is clear eyed about why Texas can be a big fail and yet he clearly loves the place To strike it rich is still the Texas dreamTexans are always talking about how much they loved the state but I wondered where was the evidence of that love Wright admits he considered leaving during the oil boombust in the 1980s when the state never seemed to live up to its obligations He dreamed sometimes of decamping to liberal California where he could flog his screenwriting skillsand make money He thinks that a country that can hold together two such immensely powerful and opposing forces as California and Texas has got to be something worthwhile and important I used to think so too but feel less confident now Sometimes I want to saw off those pieces of the country that claim to want so much freedom and seal the borders No trade We ll see then who comes out on topMusic and art are sprinkled throughout this biography obviously an important part of Wright s attraction to the state Each chapter sports woodcuts by David Dantz describing the chapter s subject and Dantz s endpapers illustrate the arc of the book The art like the prose is rich with humor and attitude Music is a part of Wright s own biography and so he writes particularly well about the scene and historical influences It s rounded this book and interesting and fun and full of reasons to like Texas despite its particularly awful politiciansTexas was a reliably blue state until the 1990s Houston is the only major city in America without zoning laws AM Texas radio hosts Alex Jones Ted Cruz makes jokes about Machine Gun Bacon on Youtube but as usual when Cruz is trying to be funny it s an epic fail Dallas had been a city fostering extremism until Kennedy died there After that humiliation Dallas became open and tolerant progressiveand developed churches per capita than any city in the nation Wright thinks Dallas has the ability to transform suffering into social change I say we shouldn t be blamed for being a little suspicious of all that supposed holiness Evangelicals have shown what they are thinking where they are standingIn the last chapters Wright is open about searching for his final resting place He is only seventy years old but he is calling it for Texas I really like that about him He can conceive of life and death Democrat and Republican north and south in one sentence He can love Texas and laugh at it too He has written a truly wonderful un put down able book about the biggest second biggest state in the unionI m from Texas

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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. If America interests you in any way you ll almost certainly get something out of God Save Texas As an Americanophile who recently visited Dallas and Austin reading the book was fascinating and enjoyableI m afraid I ve never heard of Lawrence Wright but his diverse career and connections afford him the most intimate of insights into the artistic and political worlds of Texas and beyond in the case of presidential politics since Wright has known the Bushes well for all his life This familiarity with the Bushes exemplifies Wright s balance in writing about this state he knows fears and loves he undoubtedly has fondness for Bush Jnr for example but is critical of him too and still wishes Bush had not invaded IraAs the author reveals Texas is right in the heart of so many of the issues that most polarise American society and draw the eyes of the world Trump Mexico climate change state vs federal government gun rights the Black Lives Matter movement the subjugation of women through anti abortion measures But Wright also impresses on us Texas s distinct culture when it comes to cooking music film architecture and friendlinessThe book packs so much in and while I sometimes wished it would linger just a little longer on some issues the pace also dissuades any boredom The transitions are kind of fun too sometimes there was a logic to them but other times the author veered unexpectedly onto something else which might have annoyed me in a different book but only adds to the vibrancy of this one I ve given four stars rather than five because of the aforementioned lack of depth for some of the issues that really interested me and my eyes glazed when Wright plunged deep into the music scene but that only lasted a few pages or soWright claims off the bat that examining Texas could help us foresee understand and maybe change the future of America Having read God Save Texas I m inclined to agree with him


About the Author: Lawrence Wright

There is than one author with this nameLawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize winning American author screenwriter staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law He is a graduate of Tulane University and for two years taught at the American University in Cairo in EgyptWright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High