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
TEXAS POLITICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES
God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover, 978-0-5255-2010-4, (also available as an e-book, on Audible, and as a large-print paperback), 368 pgs., $27.95
April 17, 2018
In a former life, I was a paralegal for an international law firm in Dallas. During a conversation with a lawyer from Philadelphia, he told me something astonishing. According to him, neither does Pennsylvania require years of state history in ...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!
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 just tore into Lawrence Wright's contribution to the long running mini-literary genre: "whats up with Texas?"...its that frigging good. Going back 150 years people have been trying to figure out my adoptive homeland. The best are those introspective Texans like Erica Greider and the worst are those by drive-thru literati New Yorkers like Gail Collins. Lawrence Wrifght's "God Save Texas" is an extremely good summary of what is so great about Texas and what can be so head-shakingly troubling ab ...more
My choice for my April - Paris Life column. Loved it as a Texan, but I think its way bigger than that. Will post my review here after a month or so. In the meantime, just know that it is not to miss.
Also, thank you to the publisher's for an ARC so that I could give an honest review of it for the magazine during its publication month.
This is a marvelous book about the beauty and contradictions of Texas. It's part memoir, part collection of essays, but all Texas. Makes me a little homesick, but as it it Texas, it also makes me a little sick.
For those who have read Lawrence Wright's "The Looming Tower" and "Going Clear" and expecting something similar with "God Save Texas," you will likely be disappointed. That doesn't mean that "God Save Texas" is disappointing; it's just different, more personal, less objective.
Wright seeks to capture the ineffable: the "soul" of Texas. Like Walt Whitman, Texas contains multitudes. It's sacred and profane, generous and mean, pragmatic and nutty, beautiful and blighted.
Having been lived in Texas m ...more
A great explanation of what it is to be Texan. My native home. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The pros and cons. The consciousness and the bigotry. My home by birth and perhaps not by choice in many respects; but in many others a pretty phenomenal congenital gift. I love much about my home state (and so does Wright) and he encompasses all that and more here in this book; a book which I loved very much of as well.