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Three Men in Texas: Bedichek, Webb, and Dobie

by Ronnie Dugger

This book is a tribute to "an incomparable triumvirate." "One was a naturalist, one a historian, and one a chronicler, but each of them was each of these. The manly love between them, a handsome thing in times...


Fear on Trial

by John Henry Faulk

John Henry Faulk was a popular radio and television personality during the McCarthy era. He was host of his own radio program on WCBS in New York when he publicly challenged AWARE, Inc., an ultrapatriotic group...


Sam Houston, the Great Designer

by Llerena Friend

This biography of Sam Houston goes beyond the romantic frontier life of the "buckskin hero from Tennessee" to examine seriously his role as an American statesman.


Anson Jones: The Last President of Texas

by Herbert Gambrell

This is the story of a New Englander who came penniless to Mexican Texas in 1833 and within the next decade helped to bring his adopted country through the turbulent disorders of settlement, revolution, political...


From Sail to Steam: Four Centuries of Texas Maritime History, 1500-1900

by Richard V. Francaviglia

The Gulf Coast has been a principal place of entry into Texas ever since Alonso Alvarez de Pineda explored these shores in 1519. Yet, nearly five hundred years later, the maritime history of Texas remains largely...


Maury Maverick: A Political Biography

by Richard B. Henderson

Maury Maverick was possibly the first liberal United States Congressman from Texas to achieve national and even international stature. A dedicated Democrat, he was ready to attack Franklin D. Roosevelt whenever...


Three Friends: Roy Bedichek, J. Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb

by William A. Owens

Roy Bedichek, J. Frank Dobie, and Walter Prescott Webb-a naturalist, a folklorist, and a historian-all taught at the University of Texas, lived only a few blocks apart, and saw each other almost every day. The...


Alex Sweet's Texas: The Lighter Side of Lone Star History

by Alexaner Edwin Sweet & Virginia Eisenhour

Alexander Edwin Sweet (1841-1901) is Texas's own "Sifter," whose humorous columns appeared in the Galveston Daily News in the late 1870s and early 1880s. In his wickedly funny, tongue-in-cheek sketches, readers...


Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

by Edward Steers

Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York's Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a...


Texas in 1837: An Anonymous, Contemporary Narrative

by Andrew Forest Muir

Written anonymously in 1838-39 by a "Citizen of Ohio," Texas in 1837 is the earliest known account of the first year of the Texas republic. Providing information nowhere else available, the still-unknown author...


After San Jacinto: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1836-1841

by Joseph Milton Nance

The stage was set for conflict: The First Congress of the Republic of Texas had arbitrarily designated the Rio Grande as the boundary of the new nation. Yet the historic boundaries of Texas, under Spain and...


Slaves into Workers: Emancipation and Labor in Colonial Sudan

by Ahmad Alawad Sikainga

In the Sudan, native Sudanese slaves served Sudanese masters until the region was conquered by the Turks, who practiced slavery on an institutional scale. When the British took over the Sudan in 1898, they officially...


The Road to El Cielo: Mexico's Forest in the Clouds

by Fred Webster & Marie S. Webster

Hidden high in the Sierra de Guatemala mountain range of northeastern Mexico in the state of Tamaulipas is the northernmost tropical cloud forest of the Western Hemisphere. Within its humid oak-sweetgum woodlands,...


Voices from the Wild Horse Desert: The Vaquero Families of the King and Kenedy Ranches

by Betty Bailey Colley, Jane Clements Monday & Carolina Castillo Crimm

Founded before the Civil War, the King and Kenedy Ranches have become legendary for their size, their wealth, and their endless herds of cattle. A major factor in the longevity of these ranches has always been...


Travelers In Texas, 1761-1860

by Marilyn Mcadams Sibley

History passed in review along the highways of Texas in the century 1761-1860. This was the century of exploration and settlement for the big new land, and many thousands of people traveled its trails: traders,...


Constructing Affirmative Action

by David Golland

Between 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson defined affirmative action as a legitimate federal goal, and 1972, when President Richard M. Nixon named one of affirmative action's chief antagonists the head...


One of Morgan's Men

by John Porter

John Marion Porter (1839-1898) grew up working at his family's farm and dry goods store in Butler County, Kentucky. The oldest of Reverend Nathaniel Porter's nine children, he was studying to become a lawyer...


1001 Texas Place Names

by Fred Tarpley

From Notrees to Pine Island, from Scotland to Moscow, from Dickens to Tennyson, from Spur to Lariat, from Buck Naked to Bald Prairie-Texans are unsurpassed for the imaginative names they give their towns and...


Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby

by James Ramage

Confederate John Singleton Mosby forged his reputation on the most exhilarating of military activities: the overnight raid. Mosby possessed a genius for guerrilla and psychological warfare, taking control of...


Water Management in the Yellow River Basin of China

by Charles Greer

Throughout history the Yellow River, or Huang Ho, has repeatedly broken through its levees to rampage over the densely populated North China Plain. In spite of its importance as the major river of China, little...