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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 John Boessenecker (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Great History of a Forgotten

but remarkable man. No need to look for a cinematic Clint Eastwood as Frank Hamer was clearly the real deal. Boessenecker tells a great story, but mars the overall presentation with incessant value judgements regarding race, politics and personality...the most egregious example terming Hamer’s failure to prevent Lyndon Johnson’s theft of the 1948 Senate Race as his “greatest success.” Really? He would do better to leave those fragments of Divine Augury in the pundit pile. Finally, although the narrator did a good enough job, with fully half my family from the Lone Star State, I didn’t recognize a credible Texas inflection in the entire reading. Those tepid criticisms aside, this is a very worthwhile book about a lawman with honor, integrity and a determination to be fair to all people - regardless of race - as it demonstrates Andrew Jackson’s maxim “one man with courage constitutes a majority.

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The best biography I have read to date.

Honest, well researched, and entertaining. This was a great look at the life of Frank Hamer.

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Great story, bad audio

What did you like about this audiobook?

I'll read the book. The audio isn't good enough for the car.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Yes

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Yes

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

It was just not good audio, the narrator was fine.

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Great story about a Texas Legend

Love it, and the narrator was perfect for the story. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in Texas History or Law Enforcement History.

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Great Historical Lesson on an American Hero

What a great book about an American hero and the transition as a lawman into the 20th century. Why haven't a heard about this guy? Though he wasn't perfect, he had a high sense of duty and morals. As a lawman, he sacrificed a lot and was unselfish. Maybe the reason we haven't heard of him is that he wasn't a self promoter and didn't like the limelight and couldn't stand the press. Great historical book. Great narration.

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Detailed history

As a retired Texas peace officer, I enjoyed this book. The writer did his research well giving a lot of detail.

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Love the book but no pictures.

What did you love best about Texas Ranger?

These western stories are fascinating. I would never have survived.

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Needs to have a PDF with pictures.

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Great story, solid reading

I've long been interested in Frank Hamer, and was glad to see someone finally take a deep dive into his story. Hamer is, of course, best known for leading the team that killed Bonnie & Clyde. He also is one of the storied lawmen ever, and there were a lot of stories about him, both good and bad. The author obviously did a lot of research, and spends a good amount of time on separating fact from fiction. That could tend to be dry, but he provides context and flow that makes a compelling story too. Just an excellent bio.

The only negative I'd remark is that, at times, the narrator's timing and intonation seemed off. 5-10 times while I was listening, I had to back up and think through what he'd said because it didn't make sense. Otherwise, I thought the narration was quite good.

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definitely worth your time.

This was a very interesting narrative. I'm happy I selected it. As a history buff, I've learned well that the snippets of people's lives we are in history do not paint a full picture of their lives.

I was fascinated to learn the facts about Frank Hamer.

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Don't miss it

Great story about a truly great person. The author did a great job showing all sides of this colorful character. The narrator did a good job but was a little hard to hear at times.