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Publisher's Summary

Here is a must-listen history of the Lone Star State, together with an insider's look at the people, politics, and events that have shaped Texas from the beginning right up to our days. Never before has the story been told with more vitality and immediacy. Fehrenbach re-creates the Texas saga from prehistory to the Spanish and French invasions to the heyday of the cotton and cattle empires. He dramatically describes the emergence of Texas as a republic, the vote for secession before the Civil War, and the state's readmission to the Union after the War. In the 20th century oil would emerge as an important economic resource and social change would come. But Texas would remain unmistakably Texas, because Texans "have been made different by the crucible of history; they think and act in different ways, according to the history that shaped their hearts and minds."
©2000 T. R. Fehrenbach (P)2018 Tantor
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"Thought-provoking, highly original...a most distinctive chapter of American and Southern history." (Virginia Quarterly Review)
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1 out of 5 stars
By JNW on 03-29-18

Top -10

The guy reading this book sounds just like the dramatic Top 10 guy on Youtube. The book is good, I just can't listen to the narrator.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Lmaris on 03-30-18

Narrator is painful to listen to - ruined book

The man apparently has never heard most of the proper nouns in the book. He doesn't come close to the French, Spanish, and Native American words, and makes an otherwise interesting story too painful to listen to.

I read this book 30+ years ago and looked forward to listening to the updated version only to find I can't stand to hear another word out of this man's mouth. I am sadly returning it after only a couple hours of listening.

Read to book. Don't waste your $$ or credits on the audible version.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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