Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right by Erica Grieder
What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas

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This is a good book, and Ms. Grieder’s clear, vivid writing makes it downable in a single afternoon.
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Texas may well be America’s most controversial state. Evangelicals dominate the halls of power, millions of its people live in poverty, and its death row is the busiest in the country. Skeptical outsiders have found much to be offended by in the state’s politics and attitude. And yet, according to journalist (and Texan) Erica Grieder, the United States has a great deal to learn from Texas.

In Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right, Grieder traces the political history of a state that was always larger than life. From its rowdy beginnings, Texas has combined a long-standing suspicion of government intrusion with a passion for business. Looking to the present, Greider assesses the unique mix of policies on issues like immigration, debt, taxes, regulation, and energy, which together have sparked a bonafide Texas Miracle of job growth. While acknowledging that it still has plenty of twenty-first-century problems to face, she finds in Texas a model of governance whose power has been drastically underestimated. Her book is a fascinating exploration of America’s underrated powerhouse.
 

About Erica Grieder

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Erica Grieder is a senior editor at Texas Monthly. From 2007-2012, she covered Texas as the southwest correspondent for The Economist, to which she still contributes. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Spectator, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the New Republic. She lives in Austin.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by PublicAffairs. 306 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Bryan Burrough on Apr 06 2013

This is a good book, and Ms. Grieder’s clear, vivid writing makes it downable in a single afternoon.

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Reviewed by Charles Dameron on Apr 26 2013

For those who have never enjoyed a plate of Kreuz's barbecue, toured the Alamo or attended the annual Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup, Ms. Grieder's thumbnail sketch of Texana will make for an entertaining introduction.

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on Mar 03 2013

Due to the fact that Texas is thriving while much of America struggles, it might be wise to consider what Texas is doing right.

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