As Texas Goes... by Gail Collins

68%

15 Critic Reviews

Because her ironic fondness for Texas is a fake, and because the facts are against her, Collins never makes her central point: that the country is being brought into conformity...
-Reason Magazine

Synopsis

“Gail Collins is the funniest serious political commentator in America. Reading As Texas Goes… is pure pleasure from page one.” —Rachel Maddow


As Texas Goes . . . provides a trenchant yet often hilarious look into American politics and the disproportional influence of Texas, which has become the model for not just the Tea Party but also the Republican Party. Now with an expanded introduction and a new concluding chapter that will assess the influence of the Texas way of thinking on the 2012 election, Collins shows how the presidential race devolved into a clash between the so-called “empty places” and the crowded places that became a central theme in her book. The expanded edition will also feature more examples of the Texas style, such as Governor Rick Perry’s nearsighted refusal to accept federal Medicaid funding as well as the proposed ban on teaching “critical thinking” in the classroom. As Texas Goes . . . will prove to be even more relevant to American politics by the dawn of a new political era in January 2013.
 

About Gail Collins

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Gail Collins was the Editorial Page Editor for the New York Times from 2001-2007--the first woman to have held that position. She currently writes a column for the Time's Op-Ed page twice weekly.
 
Published June 4, 2012 by Liveright. 277 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for As Texas Goes...
All: 15 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 15 2012

A timely portrait of Texas delivered with Collins’ unique brand of insightful humor.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Erica Grieder on Jul 02 2012

...in opting for the easy jokes, Ms. Collins misses the chance for a more substantive critique.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by LLOYD GROVE on Jun 08 2012

Collins doesn’t hammer home a point that might undermine her thesis, but here’s a piece of once-marginalized alternative history that is very likely to become the mainstream narrative.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by William Murchison on Jul 06 2012

I close Gail Collins‘ cantankerous book in unaccountably good temper.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Bryan Burrough on Jun 29 2012

My advice would be to ignore this book whenever possible.

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The Boston Globe

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Almond on Jun 14 2012

But the most compelling aspect of Collins’s book is her psychological examination of the Texan mindset, which she insists arises from an “ideology of empty places"...

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Joanne Ostrow on Jun 03 2012

...Collins explains, in depressing yet funny detail, "how the Lone Star State hijacked the American agenda."

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle Cottle on May 28 2012

...Collins offers up a clear point of view, one that can largely be boiled down to: Texas is trouble with a capital T.

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National Review Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Windsor Mann on Jul 27 2012

Gail Collins, an Ohioan by birth and a New York Times columnist, says that Texas is running the country and also ruining it.

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Book Forum

Below average
Reviewed by Meredith Simons on Jul 19 2012

Though Collins offers a sharp critique of Texas policy, her assertion of a direct connection between Texas policy and federal policy, at least at this point in our political history, is weak.

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Newcity Lit

Below average
Reviewed by Eric Lutz on Jul 04 2012

The result is a pretty impotent book. Disappointing coming from one of my favorite columnists...

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Reason Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Tim Cavanaugh on Jul 07 2012

Because her ironic fondness for Texas is a fake, and because the facts are against her, Collins never makes her central point: that the country is being brought into conformity...

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Washingtonian

Excellent
Reviewed by John Wilwol on Jun 01 2012

As Texas Goes . . . reads like a Collins column: well researched, often funny.

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THE TEXAS OBSERVER

Below average
Reviewed by Cecily Sailer on Jun 20 2012

...is a worthy undertaking, but not fully realized.

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Book Kvetch

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Aguilar on May 25 2012

...is a worthwhile read for Texans nostalgic for the days of Ann Richards when a drawl stood for something more steadfast.

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