The author of the entertaining Autobiography of a Durable Sinner has done another biography, this time of his native state. It's marvelous reading, -- good entertainment for the ""true western"" fan, for the seeker after indigenous regional material, for those who like their history liberally diluted with anecdote, tall tales, blood and thunder, color and drawn. The Texans themselves -- yes, even those who have adopted Texas by way of her air training fields, will find this a zestful blend of all of things that have given Texas its reputation for a he-man's state. Tradition culture, swagger -- its personalities -- its conflicting elements -- its good and its bad -- Owen White gives us all of it. He leaves the duller parts of Texas history to others to tell.