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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....


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...