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Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival

by Norman Ollestad

Dad Said

Olestad, we can do i t all. . . .

Why do you make me do this?

Because it's beautiful when it all comes together.

I don't think it's ever beautiful.

One day.

Never.

We'll see, my father said. Vamanos.

From the...


The Battle of the Alamo

by Ben H. Procter

The dramatic story of one of the most famous events in Texas history is told by Ben H. Procter. Procter describes in colorful detail the background, character, and motives of the prominent figures at the Alamo—Bowie,...


Pistol Packin' Preachers: Circuit Riders of Texas

by Barbara Barton

A writer once denounced the Lone Star State as "where the Godly could battle 'the devil' on his own ground." Circuit riders and other early preachers confronted dangerous outlaws, Indians, wild animals, and...


Turning Point: A Candidate, a State, and a Nation Come of Age

by Jimmy Carter

The former president's personal tale of political intrigue and social conflict during his first campaign for public office. Iluminates the origins of his commitment to human rights and bears further witness...


Lincoln's Enduring Legacy: Perspective from Great Thinkers, Great Leaders, and the American Experiment

by Robert P. Watson

This collection of highly readable and accessible essays on Lincoln's legacy offers a wide array of perspectives on the enduring impact of the nation's greatest president on leaders, thinkers, and American history....


Taking the Waters in Texas: Springs, Spas, and Fountains of Youth

by Janet Mace Valenza

"It is well known that Southern Texas possesses a greater variety of Mineral Waters than any other country on the globe" enthused a promotion for one of Texas' many watering spas of the nineteenth century. Though...


A History of New York in 101 Objects

by Sam Roberts

The vibrant story of America’s great metropolis, told through 101 distinctive objects that span the history of New York, all reproduced in luscious, full color.

A wooden water barrel and an elevator brake....


Imperial Texas: An Interpretive Essay in Cultural Geography

by D.W. Meinig

Imperial Texas examines the development of Texas as a human region, from the simple outline of the Spanish colony to the complex patterns of the modern state. In this study in cultural geography set into a historical...


Petroleum Politics and the Texas Railroad Commission

by David F. Prindle

The single most important domestic source of oil and gas is managed by the Texas Railroad Commission. As a result, the Commission has for decades exerted a profound influence on United States and world energy...


Reconstruction in Texas

by Charles William Ramsdell

A reprint of the 1910 study, Reconstruction in Texas examines the events that still impact upon Texas and the South.


Indians of the Rio Grande Delta: Their Role in the History of Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico

by Martín| Salinas

Certain to become a standard reference in its field, Indians of the Rio Grande Delta is the first single-volume source on these little-known peoples.Working from innumerable primary documents in various Texan...


The Franco-Texan Land Company

by Virginia H. Taylor

The Franco-Texan Land Company was formed, ostensibly, by the French bondholders of the Memphis, El Paso, and Pacific Railroad in an attempt to salvage their investments through sale of lands in the railroad's...


The Francklyn Land & Cattle Company: A Panhandle Enterprise, 1882-1957

by Lester Fields Sheffy

An intensive study of a large Texas ranch, particularly of its business and financial aspects, in which the author has utilized many company records and firsthand accounts by the men who were engaged in the...


Why the Chisholm Trail Forks and Other Tales of the Cattle Country

by Andy Adams & Wilson M. Hudson

This sparkling collection of tales told around Western campfires, written by the master chronicler of the range, is a literary find of great interest and genuine importance.Andy Adams is remembered chiefly as...


The Life of Stephen F. Austin, Founder of Texas, 1793-1836: A Chapter in the Westward Movement of the Anglo-American People

by Eugene C. Barker

Almost a hundred years after the death of Stephen F. Austin this first full-length biography was published. And for almost a quarter of a century-dividing his time between editing, teaching, textbook writing,...


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...