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
An interesting group of essays about modern Texas. There are chapters on fracking, flooding, music and politics.
A wonderful, clear-eyed love letter to a state that we all think we know but down. Excellently done, very readable, funny, informative and engaging. Texas, warts and all. I completely agree with Wright, political trends that have developed in Texas - total republican domination of the legislature, right wing swing on abortion and women control, defunding of education - have spread like wildfire. As a native Californian, I found their hatred of all things California laughable because we are so al ...more
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
Audiobook....narrated by the author, Lawrence Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for book “The Looming Tower”.
This is my first book by Lawrence Wright....
.....which 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 us....The Terror Years from Al Qaeda to the Islamic State....Scientology.....animal welfare, “ The Right of Mice”.....etc.
Besides learning ...more
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 enjoyable.
I'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 fa ...more
A rambling, baggy but quite pleasant stroll through Texas past (some) and present (moreso). Lawrence is an amazing journalist and one of our age's Important Writers. This book finds him in a more relaxed, personal mode - sharing a drink on a patio with an old friend under a wide Texas sky.
The book was definitely stronger in places where it seemed the author was more familiar with the subject (Austin, West Texas, Dallas - although as someone who also spent his teenage years there I disagree with ...more
A wonderful examination and portrait of my home state. I savored this, not wanting to be done with it so soon--Wright has a great eye for dissecting how ridiculous, hypocritical, odd, and ultimately influential Texas is in relation to the rest of the country. God Save Texas looks at the politics, culture and society of Texas, along with some brief Texas history and some personal memoir from Wright. The chapter focusing on Houston and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey was written with such care, ...more
so close to perfect. I can't believe I didn't want to read this at first, thinking a book about Texas would never come close to being as good as Going Clear or The Looming Tower. I would read a book of Lawrence Wright describing his breakfasts if that's what he wanted to write next. He takes you to school and you don't even realize how much you're learning until it's done. Incredible journalist and writer.