God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State

God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State

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 statewi With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the hi...

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Title:God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State
Author:Lawrence Wright
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    May 09, 2018
    Audiobook....narrated by the author, Lawrence Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for book ?The Looming Tower?. This is my first book by Lawrence Wright.... .....which is entertaining and informative....?fascinating info.? I sure wouldn?t hesitate reading any one of...
  • Aurelie
    Sep 23, 2018
    This book reads like a collection of vignettes hastily put together at the suggestion of Mr Wright's editor at The New Yorker. There is no attempt at analysis. It has more of a feeling of "let me tell you about this and now let me tell you about that because I've got to make this a ful...
  • Mehrsa
    Aug 31, 2018
    This book is really well-written, funny, and interesting. It's about Texas and it's about America. But it's more about Wright and Wright's texas than it is about Texas and America. For example, when he talks about Mexicans, he only talks about the border and the undocumented Mexicans. ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Sep 18, 2018
    A well-written, personal look at the Lonestar state. Wright, a native Texan, looks at the state?s history to try to understand its present. It is clear that Wright both loves and is often frustrated by his home state. He delves deep into the politics of the state, which is quickly be...
  • Hank Stuever
    Dec 08, 2018
    What a treat to have read "God Save Texas" after reading Sam Anderson's "Boom Town" (about Oklahoma City) and Lou Berney's "November Road" (a novel about the JFK assassination in Dallas that's also partly set in Oklahoma). It's soooo nice to take such deep, thoughtful and intelligent d...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Apr 29, 2018
    Lawrence Wright is a storyteller, a magical storyteller. I'm so happy he chose our oddity of a place to make his home because this is the place he has chosen to tell stories about. That's what this book is about. Stories upon stories upon stories. All set in Texas, and every story ...
  • Trish
    May 09, 2018
    This is a fast and fabulous, smart and funny read?the kind that reads so effortlessly because the author has a lifetime of writing experience. There is a big-hearted generosity in Wright?s view of Texas, though he doesn?t hesitate to point out personalities or policies that dimin...
  • Emily
    Jan 12, 2018
    Oh boy ...
  • Sydney Young
    Mar 28, 2018
    My choice for my April - Paris Life column. Loved it as a Texan, but I think its way bigger than that. Will post my review here after a month or so. In the meantime, just know that it is not to miss. Also, thank you to the publisher's for an ARC so that I could give an honest revie...
  • Joe
    Aug 18, 2017
    A delightful and at time frustrating journey into what it is to be Texan and what Texas means to the world at large. Part-memoir and part social history, Lawrence Wright has crafted a book that will be referenced for years to come. ...
  • Rachel Kahn
    Sep 23, 2018
    Loved it. This author had the kind of same humor in the stories that my dad used to tell about Texas history, and I loved reading all the events that I grew up around in Austin/Texas (but from adults perspective. I was reading and was like oooooh thats why we always talked about Luby's...
  • Jill Mackin
    Sep 30, 2018
    A love letter to Texas. Very informative and full of quirky Texas personalities. Enjoyed it immensely. ...
  • Ian Holmes
    May 09, 2018
    This is a marvelous book about the beauty and contradictions of Texas. It's part memoir, part collection of essays, but all Texas. Makes me a little homesick, but as it it Texas, it also makes me a little sick. ...
  • Lisa Funderburg
    Jul 15, 2018
    As a born and raised Texan who fled the moment adult independence allowed, I recognized a lot of the arguments made here as I've found myself thinking or saying them. The book is broken up nicely into well rounded essays that cover the breadth of our current climate and help frame 'how...
  • Chad
    May 03, 2018
    A wonderful examination and portrait of my home state. I savored this, not wanting to be done with it so soon--Wright has a great eye for dissecting how ridiculous, hypocritical, odd, and ultimately influential Texas is in relation to the rest of the country. God Save Texas looks at th...
  • Myrna
    Mar 29, 2019
    Where are the BBQ recipes? Okay, all kidding aside I did enjoy most of this book about my home state but I thought it would be deeper. What about the everyday people, food, and beautiful places (besides Big Bend) Texas has to offer? I did learn a few things I didn?t know like Texa...
  • Jeanette
    Jul 26, 2018
    Hmmmm! Can I say that I choose this book from the ratings and the trailer. And that it was on the shelf at my home library. That too, as well. And that I have visited Texas about 5 or 6 times in the last 10 years (every time in winter). Those are my disclaimers. And that I love the Sou...
  • Jill Meyer
    Apr 21, 2018
    Lawrence Wright is a noted writer of non-fiction - his book, "The Looming Tower" was a Pulitzer Prize winner - and one work of fiction. As an almost life-long resident of Texas, his latest book, "God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State", is a journey through the ...
  • Josh Firer
    Jul 24, 2018
    I always enjoy reading Lawrence Wright. I think he is one of the best nonfiction writers out there. This book was more personal than his others, a mix of Texas history and his own relationship with the state. My favorite takeaway from the book was the idea that, in terms of understandi...
  • Marija
    Jan 28, 2019
    If you have ever had a friend who cant stop bragging about himself, begins the conversation following one topic just for you to realize quickly that he has meanwhile slipped into an unrelated digression, constantly dropping names regardless of what people around him talk about, then yo...
  • Michelle Lancaster
    Apr 10, 2018
    TEXAS POLITICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES Lawrence Wright God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State Alfred A. Knopf Hardcover, 978-0-5255-2010-4, (also available as an e-book, on Audible, and as a large-print paperback), 368 pgs., $27.95 April 17, 2018 In a former lif...
  • Vicki Gibson
    May 22, 2018
    Clearly, Lawrence Wright loves Texas. He writes affectionately of the place he calls home without sugarcoating or ignoring its shortcomings. Wright is a wonderful storyteller who weaves history, politics, personal recollections, culture, and humor. Texas is full of contradictions and W...
  • Chantal Lyons
    Jan 21, 2018
    If America interests you in any way, you'll almost certainly get something out of "God Save Texas". As an Americanophile who recently visited Dallas and Austin, reading the book was fascinating and enjoyable. I'm afraid I've never heard of Lawrence Wright, but his diverse career and...
  • Chris Ladd
    Jul 13, 2018
    Let's be clear - It is difficult to write about Texas. Render it too literally and the work comes off like a caricature. Let yourself be seduced by its romanticized lore and you've just produced another dimestore Western. Try too hard to explain it without stepping on any toes, and you...
  • Bruce Katz
    Mar 13, 2018
    A lot of fun and, oddly enough, kind of moving. I've read Wright before, most notably Looming Tower and his book on Scientology. God Save Texas shows a very different side of him: playful, musical, sincerely interested in the world around him. And because his subject is Texas, there ar...
  • Ian Cook Westgate
    May 04, 2018
    I?m not sure what the point of this book was. Each chapter tends to embrace a different city or concept. But then the organization is all over the place. In one section, you might get a fascinating political/sociological look at some major thing that happened in Texan history. The ne...
  • Kathleen
    Jun 15, 2018
    Wright is most remembered for his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, about the rise of al-Qaida. But, he has also written film scripts, plays, and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He seems to have an insatiable curiosity about people, places and all things Texan. He h...
  • Helen Mountford
    May 20, 2018
    I could not figure out what the point of this book is supposed to be. It?s just a bunch of unconnected episodes of something paired with a lot of name dropping. ...
  • Dax
    Jun 05, 2018
    A nice glimpse into the current cultural, political, and social environment of the Lone Star State. Wright also includes some interesting historical tidbits and introduces us to several fascinating and oftentimes hilarious characters. I laughed a lot while reading this. Not just fo...
  • Truman32
    May 15, 2018
    Lawrence Wright?s first rate new book, God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State, is a clear-eyed, yet affectionate exploration of America?s 28th state which Wright also calls home. It can be said that Texas (with it?s political unrest, populism ideology, and...