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Here is a must-listen history of the Lone Star State, together with an insider's look at the people, politics, and events that have shaped Texas from the beginning right up to our days. Never before has the story been told with more vitality and immediacy. Fehrenbach re-creates the Texas saga from prehistory to the Spanish and French invasions to the heyday of the cotton and cattle empires. He dramatically describes the emergence of Texas as a republic, the vote for secession before the Civil War, and the state's readmission to the Union after the War. In the 20th century oil would emerge as an important economic resource and social change would come. But Texas would remain unmistakably Texas, because Texans "have been made different by the crucible of history; they think and act in different ways, according to the history that shaped their hearts and minds."

©2000 T. R. Fehrenbach (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Thought-provoking, highly original...a most distinctive chapter of American and Southern history." (Virginia Quarterly Review)

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The guy reading this book sounds just like the dramatic Top 10 guy on Youtube. The book is good, I just can't listen to the narrator.

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Narrator is painful to listen to - ruined book

The man apparently has never heard most of the proper nouns in the book. He doesn't come close to the French, Spanish, and Native American words, and makes an otherwise interesting story too painful to listen to.

I read this book 30+ years ago and looked forward to listening to the updated version only to find I can't stand to hear another word out of this man's mouth. I am sadly returning it after only a couple hours of listening.

Read to book. Don't waste your $$ or credits on the audible version.

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The narrator is just horrible

Sounds like I'm listening to a bad actor. No idea how the actual book is because the narration is just plain bad.

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If you're proud to be a Texan, this is a must read

The book is well researched and extremely detailed. Even in the midst of painstaking attention to every nuance, it maintains a pace and excitement that will keep you listening. It is great to listen to a book that isn't boring and monotonous, like so many. The voice used inflection and even accents to help the stories flow.

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racist and biggoted

listen to this book if you want such racist gems as:
Native American man “seldom soiled his hand with labor.” Of African Americans, Fehrenbach commented, “The Negro was never a prime mover, but always a dangerous catalyst in American life.” Tejanos accomplished little, he wrote, because they embraced a culture that belittled hard labor.

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Good parts but drags a little

The performance is fantastic. The book itself is okay. It has plenty of good parts but it also has its painfully slow bits. The reason to listen to this one is to fill in all of the gaps. He breezes past the really interesting stuff like the alamo and really the whole revolution. I mean its in there but the book even says that since its covered in great detail we wont focus on it. That disappointed me quite a bit. It was interesting to learn how we went from 1836 to 1900. The process of going from being independent to becoming a state was really interesting and its something that I never really knew in great detail. Usually you cover the war and kind of just jump from 1836 to the civil war. The conflicts between the indians were really fascinating and might have made the book for me. He covers everything involving the spanish clashing with them in really good detail and the war that basically wiped them out and pushed the survivors out of the state. The only part that started to lose me was the post 1900 politics. I get why its in there but it drags. I did learn a lot from this book so I am glad I purchased it overall.

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