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:0525520104
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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

  • Elyse
    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...
  • Julie
    May 17, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this author read his informative and entertaining book. Mr. Wright and I are almost exactly the same age (for the record, he is 4 weeks older than I am) and have many parallel, if not equal, experiences. With the exception of Houston and its people, th...
  • Demi
    Apr 19, 2018
    One of the best nonfiction writers I?ve ever read, Larry Wright has set down the Texas in which I live with such grace. He scrutinizes the ethics and politics of the state, touches on Willie Nelson and Matthew McConaughey, and paints the most incredible portrait of this beautiful, pe...
  • 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...
  • Chris
    May 01, 2018
    Aptly subtitled. An engaging memoir in which the author regales the reader with Texan history and culture while opining on his love/hate relationship with the state. Actually there?s a whole lotta love for the Lone Star State with more annoyance than hatred. If one has any affinity t...
  • 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. ...
  • James
    Apr 26, 2018
    Fun survey with Wright?s characteristic eye for detail. ...
  • Laura Jean
    May 17, 2018
    An interesting group of essays about modern Texas. There are chapters on fracking, flooding, music and politics. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Dani
    May 21, 2018
    Many parts of this book were very interesting and were clear. As we meandered toward the end, I felt that the author was searching for ways to bring the book to the required 350 pages. The unconnected autobiographical information did nothing to bring the book to its general thesis. The...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Andrew Tollemache
    Apr 25, 2018
    I just tore into Lawrence Wright's contribution to the long running mini-literary genre: "whats up with Texas?"...its that frigging good. Going back 150 years people have been trying to figure out my adoptive homeland. The best are those introspective Texans like Erica Greider and the...
  • 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...
  • Lance L
    Apr 24, 2018
    A rambling, baggy but quite pleasant stroll through Texas past (some) and present (moreso). Lawrence is an amazing journalist and one of our age's Important Writers. This book finds him in a more relaxed, personal mode - sharing a drink on a patio with an old friend under a wide Texas ...
  • Angus McKeogh
    Jun 12, 2018
    A great explanation of what it is to be Texan. My native home. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The pros and cons. The consciousness and the bigotry. My home by birth and perhaps not by choice in many respects; but in many others a pretty phenomenal congenital gift. I love much about m...
  • 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...
  • John Spiller
    Apr 21, 2018
    For those who have read Lawrence Wright's "The Looming Tower" and "Going Clear" and expecting something similar with "God Save Texas," you will likely be disappointed. That doesn't mean that "God Save Texas" is disappointing; it's just different, more personal, less objective. Wrigh...
  • Ian 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...
  • Kim Wozencraft
    Apr 23, 2018
    Essential reading for anyone who loves Texas. Required reading for anyone who despises or is utterly confused by Texas but wishes to claim an open mind. This book is a delightful journey through the good, the bad, and the quirky of a nation-state that is still discovering and constantl...
  • 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...
  • Tom Walsh
    May 13, 2018
    Not sure about what to say about this book. I enjoy Wright?s mostly journalistic writing style and have read a couple of his books and a few articles and so was not surprised by an enjoyable reading experience. It was the content of the book that left me disappointed. I am a New ...
  • Morgan
    Apr 26, 2018
    A meandering look into the political culture and culture of Texas and what it bodes for the future of the United States--from oil and right wing politics to music, art, and food. An enjoyable read as it moves from quainter aspects of Texas to the potentially more sinister implications ...
  • 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...