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As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda

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As Texas Goes... provides a trenchant yet often hilarious look into American politics and the disproportional influence of Texas, which has become the model for not just the Tea Party but also the Republican Party. Now with an expanded introduction and a new concluding chapter that will assess the influence of the Texas way of thinking on the 2012 election, Collins shows how the presidential race devolved into a clash between the so-called “empty places” and the crowded places that became a central theme in her book. The expanded edition will also feature more examples of the Texas style, such as Governor Rick Perry’s nearsighted refusal to accept federal Medicaid funding as well as the proposed ban on teaching “critical thinking” in the classroom. As Texas Goes... will prove to be even more relevant to American politics by the dawn of a new political era in January 2013.

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“Gail Collins is the funniest serious political commentator in America. Reading As Texas Goes... is pure pleasure from page one.” Rachel Maddow

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"There is no one like Gail Collins: uproarious fun on every page, but with a serious point. In this wonderful book she devastates Texas for its hypocrisy, its ignorance, its worship of wealth. But you cannot keep laughing as she shows how the Texan mind works a baleful influence on the rest of the country." Anthony Lewis

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"The reader who senses a touch of sarcasm would not be wrong....[Collins] has a good eye for absurd details." Erica Grieder

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"With wit and humor, Collins focuses on major Texas figures, from Davy Crockett to Rick Perry, to offer a portrait of an outsize state anxious to take on the task of setting the rest of the country straight and of the broader implications that has for the rest of the country....[A] timely look at Texas in a title that will receive a full-dress marketing campaign." New York Times

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"There's no funnier writer about politics than Gail Collins, and in Texas, she's found the perfect canvas. The state's record at producing some of the nuttiest characters ever to enter American public life is matched only by its recent prowess in infecting the other 49 states with those politicians' most crackpot policy ideas. Collins serves up hilarity and horror in equal measure and leaves you rooting for Rick Perry to make good on his threat to lead Texas out of the Union." Booklist

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"New York Times columnist Collins revels in the state's 10-gallon self-regard, Alamo-inspired cult of suicidal last stands, and eccentric right-wing pols....Much like the late Texas dissident Molly Ivins, she slathers plenty of wry humor onto a critique that stings like a red-hot brand." Frank Rich

Review:

"New York Times political columnist Collins (When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, 2009, etc.) zeroes in on what makes Texas so important and why the rest of the country needs to know and care about what’s happening there....A timely portrait of Texas delivered with Collins’ unique brand of insightful humor." Publishers Weekly, Starred review

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"Collins devotes the very entertaining first quarter of her book to the foundational myth of Texas’ brief, shining moment as an independent republic from 1836 to 1845 and the sacred memory of the Alamo....[Collins] set off on a whirlwind tour to discover the Lone Star State and its transcendent meaning, deploying a breezy, wisecracking polemical style familiar to fans (including me) of her twice-­weekly column in The Times." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"New York Times columnist Gail Collins makes a compelling case in As Texas Goes... that much of what ails the nation began down in the Lone Star State… her larger thesis has a chilling ring of truth. Texas represents a kind of dark bellwether for the rest of the country: a two-tiered society in which the affluent rig the system in their favor while a vast underclass struggles to pay for basic services such as medical care." Lloyd Grove, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Gail Collins, the best-selling author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, is a national columnist for the New York Times. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871403605
Subtitle:
How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda
Author:
Collins, Gail
Publisher:
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , “Gail Collins is the funniest serious political commentator in America. Reading As Texas Goes... is pure pleasure from page one.”
"Review" by , "There is no one like Gail Collins: uproarious fun on every page, but with a serious point. In this wonderful book she devastates Texas for its hypocrisy, its ignorance, its worship of wealth. But you cannot keep laughing as she shows how the Texan mind works a baleful influence on the rest of the country."
"Review" by , "The reader who senses a touch of sarcasm would not be wrong....[Collins] has a good eye for absurd details."
"Review" by , "With wit and humor, Collins focuses on major Texas figures, from Davy Crockett to Rick Perry, to offer a portrait of an outsize state anxious to take on the task of setting the rest of the country straight and of the broader implications that has for the rest of the country....[A] timely look at Texas in a title that will receive a full-dress marketing campaign."
"Review" by , "There's no funnier writer about politics than Gail Collins, and in Texas, she's found the perfect canvas. The state's record at producing some of the nuttiest characters ever to enter American public life is matched only by its recent prowess in infecting the other 49 states with those politicians' most crackpot policy ideas. Collins serves up hilarity and horror in equal measure and leaves you rooting for Rick Perry to make good on his threat to lead Texas out of the Union."
"Review" by , "New York Times columnist Collins revels in the state's 10-gallon self-regard, Alamo-inspired cult of suicidal last stands, and eccentric right-wing pols....Much like the late Texas dissident Molly Ivins, she slathers plenty of wry humor onto a critique that stings like a red-hot brand."
"Review" by , "New York Times political columnist Collins (When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, 2009, etc.) zeroes in on what makes Texas so important and why the rest of the country needs to know and care about what’s happening there....A timely portrait of Texas delivered with Collins’ unique brand of insightful humor."
"Review" by , "Collins devotes the very entertaining first quarter of her book to the foundational myth of Texas’ brief, shining moment as an independent republic from 1836 to 1845 and the sacred memory of the Alamo....[Collins] set off on a whirlwind tour to discover the Lone Star State and its transcendent meaning, deploying a breezy, wisecracking polemical style familiar to fans (including me) of her twice-­weekly column in The Times."
"Review" by , "New York Times columnist Gail Collins makes a compelling case in As Texas Goes... that much of what ails the nation began down in the Lone Star State… her larger thesis has a chilling ring of truth. Texas represents a kind of dark bellwether for the rest of the country: a two-tiered society in which the affluent rig the system in their favor while a vast underclass struggles to pay for basic services such as medical care."
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