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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,...


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...


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....


West Virginia

by Otis Rice

" An essential resource for scholars, students, and all lovers of the Mountaineer State. From bloody skirmishes with Indians on the early frontier to the Logan County mine war, the story of West Virginia is...


A New History of Kentucky

by Lowell Harrison

" The first comprehensive history of the state since the publication of Thomas D. Clark's landmark History of Kentucky over sixty years ago. A New History of Kentucky brings the Commonwealth to life, from Pikeville...


Espiritu Santo de Zuniga: A Frontier Mission in South Texas

by Tamra Lynn Walter

In the early part of the eighteenth century, the Spanish colonial mission Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga was relocated from far south Texas to a site along the Guadalupe River in Mission Valley, Victoria County....


Texas Monthly on . . .: Texas Women

by editors of Texas Monthly & Evan Smith

Since 1973, Texas Monthly has spotlighted hundreds of Texans who, for better or worse, make this state like no place else. TEXAS MONTHLY On . . . Texas Women profiles thirteen women who are not only fascinating...


Texas by Teran: The Diary Kept by General Manuel de Mier y Teran on His 1828 Inspection of Texas

by General Manuel de Mier y Terán, John Wheat & Jack Jackson

Texas was already slipping from the grasp of Mexico when Manuel Mier y Terán made his tour of inspection in 1828. American settlers were pouring across the vaguely defined border between Mexico's northernmost...


Flames After Midnight: Murder, Vengeance, and the Desolation of a Texas Community, Revised Edition

by Monte Akers

What happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922, has been forgotten by the outside world. It was a coworker's whispered words, "Kirven is where they burned the [Negroes]," that set Monte Akers to work at discovering...


Spanish Expeditions Into Texas, 1689-1768

by William C. Foster

Mapping old trails has a romantic allure at least as great as the difficulty involved in doing it. In this book, William Foster produces the first highly accurate maps of the eleven Spanish expeditions from...


The Path to a Modern South: Northeast Texas Between Reconstruction and the Great Depression

by Walter L. Buenger

Federal New Deal programs of the 1930s and World War II are often credited for transforming the South, including Texas, from a poverty-stricken region mired in Confederate mythology into a more modern and economically...


Life on the Texas Range

by J. Evetts Haley & Erwin E. Smith

First published in 1953, this photographic record of the real life and work of cowboys remains a perennial favorite. Erwin E. Smith was the outstanding cowboy photographer of the West, and these eighty photographs...


Now You Hear My Horn: The Journal of James Wilson Nichols

by James Wilson Nichols & Catherine W. McDowell

Jim Nichols was a lively, vigorous frontiersman who came to Texas about the time of its Revolution. As with many men of that day, Nichols' formal education was lacking, but he was a born writer with a vivid...


Let Me Tell You What I've Learned: Texas Wisewomen Speak

by PJ Pierce & Liz Carpenter

Barbara Jordan spoke for many Texas women when she told a reporter, "I get from the soil and spirit of Texas the feeling that I, as an individual, can accomplish whatever I want to, and that there are no limits,...


Wings Over the Mexican Border: Pioneer Military Aviation in the Big Bend

by Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale

Against a backdrop of revolution, border banditry, freewheeling aerial dramatics, and World War II comes this compelling look at the rise of U.S. combat aviation at an unlikely proving ground-a remote airfield...


The Evolution of a State, Or, Recollections of Old Texas Days

by Noah Smithwick & Charles Shawl

"I was but a boy in my nineteenth year, and in for adventure when I started out from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with all my worldly possessions, consisting of a few dollars in money, a change of clothes, and a...


Parks for Texas: Enduring Landscapes of the New Deal

by James Wright Steely

State parks across Texas offer a world of opportunities for recreation and education. Yet few park visitors or park managers know the remarkable story of how this magnificent state park system came into being...


The Freedmen's Bureau and Black Texans

by Barry A. Crouch

Drawing on a wealth of previously unused documentation in the National Archives, this book offers new insights into the workings of the Freedmen's Bureau and the difficulties faced by Texas Bureau officials,...