LONE-STAR LAND by Frank Goodwyn


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Texas today, still knee-deep in oil and tradition, still matching the native ego to the state's proportions, still the land of flour barrel politicians and Mexican medical ceas sold in a dirty market place, has also moved into steel and glass cities and made the move toward industrial empire. This is the story of this great transition toward tomorrow's untold promise. With it, there are the songs Texans sing, the religions and superstitions they cherish, their labor and medical problems. The tremendous resources of water and oil and natural gas; the agricultural destiny of the land; the political crosscurrents and social factions; the educational services and segregational biases; the cattle, railroads, and roaring traffic of the Gulf are all part of this perspective. Texas is the last gasp of the dying Old West; it is the awakening of America from the dream of the pioneer; it is multitudinous, bountiful, boastful, canny, and everywhere quickened by the impulse of greed, naivete and self-discovery.... A robust report by the author of Life on the King Ranch (Crowell-1951).

Publisher: Knopf