To most Americans, Frank Hamer is known only as the villain of the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. Now, in Texas Ranger, historian John Boessenecker sets out to restore Hamer's good name and prove that he was in fact a classic American hero.
From the horseback days of the Old West through the gangster days of the 1930s, Hamer stood on the front lines of some of the most important and exciting periods in American history. He participated in the Bandit War of 1915, survived the climactic gunfight in the last blood feud of the Old West, battled the Mexican Revolution's spillover across the border, protected African Americans from lynch mobs and the Ku Klux Klan, and ran down gangsters, bootleggers, and Communists. When at last his career came to an end, it was only when he ran up against another legendary Texan: Lyndon B. Johnson.
Written by one of the most acclaimed historians of the Old West, Texas Ranger is the first biography to tell the full story of this near-mythic lawman.
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I appreciated the book because it is an example of how much good a guy can do even if he commits many acts that would cause some to classify him as evil.
there is more information in this biography then you will ever need to know. None the less, it is an excellent biography of an excellent lawman. if you can get past some of the asides of the secondary characters, you will find a wealth of information that gives you a complete picture of Captain Hamer.
Frank Hamer is a true American Hero - though still a product of his time period.
Frank Hamer's consistent push for justice, especially extended to African and Mexican Americans during the time of Jim Crow Laws.
I enjoyed his voice and pacing - enjoyable to hear and keep the listener's attention.
Exhaustively researched detail re Frank Hamer and the Texas Rangers. Remarkable in scope and narration. Great cross country listen especially leaving from San Antonio headed for El Paso. The many turns of events in this one persons life are an inspiration to anyone that setting a goal and always moving toward it, leads to personal and career success
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