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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
by Erik Larson
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National Bestseller September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that... (read more)

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A Time to Stand
A Time to Stand
by Walter Lord
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On the morning of March 6, 1836, in an old abandoned mission called the Alamo, a small Texas garrison fought to the death rather than yield to an overwhelming army of Mexicans. Through the years the garrisons heroic stand has become so clothed in... (read more)

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The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
by Bryan Burrough
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"What's not to enjoy about a book full of monstrous egos, unimaginable sums of money, and the punishment of greed and shortsightedness?" Phenomenal reviews and sales greeted the hardcover publication of The Big Rich, New York Times bestselling author... (read more)

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Six Years with the Texas Rangers, 1875 to 1881
Six Years with the Texas Rangers, 1875 to 1881
by James B Gillett
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When James B. Gillett joined the newly created Texas Rangers in 1875, its duties were as varied and its members as unorthodox as its methods were irregular. First published in 1921, Gillett's now classic account of his six years of service depicts with... (read more)

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Fifty Years of the Texas Observer
Fifty Years of the Texas Observer
by Char Miller
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For the past five decades the Texas Observer has been an essential voice in Texas culture and politics, championing honest government, civil rights, labor, and the environment, while providing a platform for many of the states most passionate and... (read more)

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Roadside History of Texas (Roadside History)
Roadside History of Texas (Roadside History)
by Leon C. Metz
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The "Roadside History" series charts a course to the present through carefully selected and thoroughly researched stories relating what we see today with what happened before. Through vivid anecdotes, old photographs, and maps, the "Roadside History... (read more)

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Texas Curiosities 2ND Edition
Texas Curiosities 2ND Edition
by John Kelso
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Texas Curiosities is your round-trip ticket to 234 of the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Lone Star State has to offer. Humor columnist John Kelso has traveled 13,000 Texas miles in search of the one-of-a-kind gems that... (read more)

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Clayton Wheat Williams Texas Life #11: Wanted: Historic County Jails of Texas
Clayton Wheat Williams Texas Life #11: Wanted: Historic County Jails of Texas
by Edward A Blackburn
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Along with the settlement of the Texas frontier came rustlers, public drunks, gunfighters, and other outlaws. A jail in which to incarcerate the lawbreakers was thus often the first public building raised in a new town. Later, as government developed... (read more)

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Texas Ranger John B. Jones and the Frontier Battalion, 1874-1881 (Frances B. Vick)
Texas Ranger John B. Jones and the Frontier Battalion, 1874-1881 (Frances B. Vick)
by Rick Miller
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Winner of the Wild West History Association Best Book Award In 1874, the Texas legislature created the Frontier Battalion, the first formal, budgeted organization as an arm of state government of what historically had been periodic groups loosely... (read more)

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Exodus from the Alamo: The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth
Exodus from the Alamo: The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth
by Phillip Tucker
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A Selection of the Military and History Book Clubs A startling new analysis of one of America's most glorious battles . . . Contrary to movie and legend, we now know that the defenders of the Alamo in the war for Texan independence-including Davy... (read more)

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The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston
The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston
by Marquis James
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This is the stuff of which legend is made, this story of the making of Texas, and Houston is one with those semilegendary characters--with Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, with Marion the Swamp Fox and Ethan Allen. . . . In a sense he is too good to be... (read more)

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A Strong West Wind: A Memoir
A Strong West Wind: A Memoir
by Gail Caldwell
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In this exquisitely rendered memoir set on the high plains of Texas, Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell transforms into art what it is like to come of age in a particular time and place. A Strong West Wind begins in the 1950s in the wilds of the Texas... (read more)

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Texas Land Ethics
Texas Land Ethics
by Pete Gunter
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From the dense forests of the Big Thicket to the limitless vistas of the Davis Mountains, Texas is a land of astonishing diversity and natural beauty. Yet it is also a land where commuters endure endless traffic jams in the major cities and where... (read more)

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Last of the Old-Time Texans
Last of the Old-Time Texans
by Mackey Murdock
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An enlightening account of life at the beginning of the twentieth century when it was lived and enjoyed with only the essentials.... (read more)

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Scuse Me While I Whip This Out: Reflections on Country Singers, Presidents, and Other Troublemakers
Scuse Me While I Whip This Out: Reflections on Country Singers, Presidents, and Other Troublemakers
by Kinky Friedman
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Kinky Friedman is back with 'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out, and gets it on with all manner of egos. In this collection of twisted takes on life, the Kinkster gives us funny, irreverent, and insightful looks at outsized personalities, from people he's... (read more)

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Texas Hold 'em: How I Was Born in a Manger, Died in the Saddle, and Came Back as a Horny Toad
Texas Hold 'em: How I Was Born in a Manger, Died in the Saddle, and Came Back as a Horny Toad
by Kinky Friedman
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"Texas Hold 'Em is more than just a card game. It deals…with that fine, forgotten art of playing a poor hand well…Texas Hold 'Em is a state of mind, a spiritual survival technique, a way of holding on to things that might just be important in this... (read more)

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Travels with George in Search of Ben Hur and Other Meanderings
Travels with George in Search of Ben Hur and Other Meanderings
by Paul Ruffin
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An accomplished Southern storyteller's colorful reflections on literature, booze, firearms, violence, and... (read more)

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First Timers and Old Timers (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society)
First Timers and Old Timers (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society)
by Kenneth L Untiedt
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“The Texas Folklore Society has been alive and kicking for over one hundred years now, and I don’t really think there’s any mystery as to what keeps the organization going strong. The secret to our longevity is simply the constant... (read more)

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Texas (America)
Texas (America)
by Whitecap Books
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As expansive as America itself, this outstanding series captures outstanding views of panoramic landscapes, brilliant city skylines, and picturesque communities -- 96 pages and 70 stunning images by internationally renowned photographers, plus... (read more)

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A John Graves Reader (Southwestern Writers Series)
A John Graves Reader (Southwestern Writers Series)
by John Graves
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Since the publication of his haunting, elegiac Goodbye to a River in 1960, John Graves has become one of Texas' most beloved writers, whose circle of loyal readers extends far beyond the borders of his home state. A regional writer only by virtue of his... (read more)

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