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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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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.

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Texas Enigma Explored

Lawrence Wright employs memoir, history, political essays, and notes from a bemused observer in a largely successful effort to unwrap the riddle-wrapped mystery inside the enigma that is contemporary Texas. Why the "Loon Star State" has produced so many forward thinkers and social progressives while spawning a retrograde brand of politics that even Donald Trump has not yet matched is the overarching theme. Wright spends several chapters unraveling the Byzantine workings of the state legislature's 2017 session, in which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a man whose entire persona seems spun from synthetics, matched wits with House Speaker Pete Straus, a more traditional Conservative. Yet the book is not just about the state's political leanings. Wright tours the state, visiting sites made shrines by Texas musicians like Buddy Holly, Bob Wills, and Willie Nelson. He investigates the offbeat appeal of Marfa, a West Texas town made famous by artistic emigres and unexplained lights in the desert. Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso receive insightful, yet brief tributes to their unique mixtures of Southern, Western, Latino, East Coast, and West Coast elements blended with Texas sauce. Wright steers away from Texas cliches but leaves the reader wanting more stories of big hats, with or without the cattle.

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Great Insight Into Texas

In anyone else's hands, this would have been a train wreck, but Lawrence Wright successfully manages to blend Texas history with fascinating anecdotes. Wright is a Texas native and one of country's best writers. He has a keen eye for detail and a great ability to explain complicated ideas simply.

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Made me proud to be a Texan

Wright is the smartest, kindest, funniest, and best of all of is Lone Star denizens. Bravo.

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Valuable storytelling tour of TX

Especially enjoyed the storytelling of last 50 yrs of history of each region of TX. Many fascinating facts and invites into growth, economy and culture of TX in last 40-50 yrs. While I appreciate Wright’s political view, got tiresome by last few chapters. That aside, a Must read if thinking of becoming a Texan.