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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 20 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 reflects our country back not only as it is but as it was and as it might be. 

©2018 Lawrence Wright (P)2018 Random House Audio

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The best book about Texas

Lawrence Wright is in my opinion the greatest writer in America today. From his work on Al-Qaeda (The Looming Tower) to the Church of Scientology (Going Clear), Wright is brilliant in studying/understanding Americana, and this is on full display here in God Save Texas. I had a hard time pressing pause on this book because I was so engrossed by it. From the history of right-wing radio, the Texas Legislature, Texas political dynasties like the LBJ and Bush family, and even to Texas music and the state of gentrification in the state, like my hometown of Austin. Few books and writers have been able to get a perfect encapsulation of what it means to be a Texan and the identity of this state as good as Lawrence Wright has done with his new book. Writing this review makes me want to listen to this book again.

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Some good stuff, but laced with bias.

This book starts out well, with some fascinating data and statistics. It behaves as if it wants to lead you down a direction where the author predicts a future for Texas. Instead he goes off on tangents about birdwatching and infuses his liberal bias throughout every political description. Ultimately the book was highly dissatisfying for a Texas import like myself.

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Finally, the secrets behind Texas!

Mr. Wright knows a lot and is able to share it in a very academic yet entertaining way. Having lived in Texas for several years, I always wondered why it seems like a tightly held little club powered by Republican white males.

That and much other from West to East and North to South in the state come under Mr. Wright's radar. He gives a balanced view both from a historical and contemporary standpoint.

If you live here, it is must reading! If you don't live here, you may want to reconsider before you move!

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Native Texan "ex-pats" should experience this book

I'll never go back but Lawrence Wright's storytelling made it seem like a less terrible idea.

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Excellent book for the Texas novice!

I listened to this book in anticipation of moving to Texas as an East coaster. This book has given me a tremendous amount of insight into the state and has made me more empathetic to Texas views. The writing is beautiful and I love the narration!

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Thanks for A Come - to - Jesus understanding

An honest, colorful and deeply personal history of Texas. Wright helped me understand the mysteries this place held from me. A New York City girl, I married a Texan when I was only 19 and puzzled over my in laws and their ways. I enjoyed listening to Wright read and felt that cozy camp fire Intimacy that brings a great tale into your heart.

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Great summary of modern Texas

Great writing! Wright does a fantastic job explaining modern Texas. He throws in some history, a little geography & politics painting a detailed picture of our messed up, awesome, red-neck & modern state. He presents both sides (AM Texas & FM Texas, as he puts it). As an “FM” Houstonian & 7th generation Texan I am constantly trying to come to terms with our current state of affairs. How did we possibly get this extreme?? (And backwards, I might add!). He’s helped me find some clarity.

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BEST book about Texas EVER!

a terrific writer whose narration skills are perfect. whether you love Texas or hate it, this book is worth reading.

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More memoir than anything

This book was well written from the author's subjective position as someone who has a lot of history in the state, including provocative decades like the 60s. He's got lots of great stories about powerful and influential people who he has interacted with personally. It makes for a very interesting listen, but with more of a memoir slant than the title/subtitle lead me to expect. Overall, a pleasant listen with good clear performance and interesting subject matter.

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Thumbs up from this Native Texan

As a Native Texan, some of these history points are very familiar. Some are not so much, but the way Lawrence Wright weaves his personal story with the events of Texas history and how they connect with him are really a joy to listen to.