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God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

– tekijä: Lawrence Wright

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"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 Muslim adherents). 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"--"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 Muslim adherents). 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"--… (lisätietoja)
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An interesting read, especially for a life-long Texan who also taught Texas history. I failed to uncover anything very revealing. Almost everything covered was information any Texan has reviewed often in the news. The main complaint I have is that there is not a thread that ties all the stories/reports together. It seems to be a series of separate essays gathered up from over the years. It is loosely tied together by the author telling about his travels to this place or that, stories of whom he met or traveled with at the time, and what he experienced there. I thought there would be an overarching theme or message to his stories, but if it's there it is well hidden. The only thread I noticed is a decidedly anti-conservatism throughout. He is quite critical of almost all Texas conservative politicians and political supporters. Nothing really offensive, but he just isn't equally critical of the more liberal Texans. ( )
  meltonmarty | Jul 29, 2021 |
Lawrence Wright's book "God Save Texas" is part memoir, part personal stories, and part a look into into Texas culture, history, politics and current events. Some parts are slow and drag, but other parts quite interesting. It's a little scary hearing about some of the people who get elected there though. One, on voting against bi-lingual education, explained ... "if English was good enough for Jesus, it should be good enough for everybody". Or, another official, on why there are no dinosaurs alive today, stated that it's because when Noah picked dinosaur pairs to board the Ark, he selected a pair too young, and they weren't able to breed. Overall, the stories contained are insightful and interesting, and told with a bit of humor.

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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
I'm a native New Yorker, which probably makes me constitutionally obliged to hate Texas. It's too hot and is entirely devoid of decent pizza. Nonetheless I'm a little skeptical of writers who come from New York or Los Angeles and try to explain Texas for us Yankees. It's a good thing that Lawrence Wright wrote this and not one of us--as a native Texan who still lives in the state, he's better placed to explain it and to be affectionately critical.

There isn't a real plot or structure to the book--it's a series of stories, part reporting, part memoir. Wright is a fine writer, with a good sense of humor he hasn't gotten to display in his recent nonfiction. He's sharply critical of Texas politics while also keen to point out, for the benefit of northeasterners who think all Texans are evangelical Tea Party boosters, that the far right of the Republican Party has completely hijacked the state and pushed its socially conservative agenda without the voter support you might think it has.

Overall, very enjoyable (and with many quotable anecdotes, such as Phil Collins' collection of Alamo relics). ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
The author combines memories and history in a funny, sad, and sometimes unbelievable Texas experience.

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  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
A well-written, personal look at the Lonestar state. Wright, a native Texan, looks at the state’s history to try to understand its present. It is clear that Wright both loves and is often frustrated by his home state. He delves deep into the politics of the state, which is quickly becoming one of the most populous, and therefor politically relevant, in the country. The author explores Texas’ strange mix of red and blue - it’s a red state, but there are islands of blue captures by cities, such as Austin. Issues of immigration play out in the state as well due to its size and location. ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
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"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 Muslim adherents). 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"--"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 Muslim adherents). 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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