God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright
A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

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Certain readers might crave more righteous anger from someone writing about Texas, especially now, when there’s little room for agreement and plenty at stake. But Wright’s project is perspective, not conquest.
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With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny.

God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslims). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be.
 

About Lawrence Wright

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Lawrence Wright graduated from Tulane University and spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. The author of five works of nonfiction, including the the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, he has also written a novel, God's Favorite, and was cowriter of the movie The Siege. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.
















Author Residence: Austin, Texas
 
Published April 17, 2018 by Knopf. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler on Apr 26 2018

Along with its documentation of a dark and damaging political culture, Wright’s new book, “God Save Texas,” draws on the author’s experiences...his extraordinary journalistic skills; and the reflection of his friend, Stephen Harrigan (a novelist who is writing a history of Texas), to illuminate the diversity and dynamism of the Lone Star State.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Szalai on Apr 18 2018

Certain readers might crave more righteous anger from someone writing about Texas, especially now, when there’s little room for agreement and plenty at stake. But Wright’s project is perspective, not conquest.

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Reviewed by Benjamin Markovits on Jun 02 2018

On the whole, Wright is semi-optimistic. Part of the point of the book is to talk about the way the kinds of stories he tells shape people’s sense of where they live. The myths matter, too.

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