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Publisher's Summary

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 statewide office in more than 20 years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslim adherents). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king, but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state reflects our country back not only as it is but as it was and as it might be. 
©2018 Lawrence Wright (P)2018 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jake Salinas on 06-07-18

The best book about Texas

Lawrence Wright is in my opinion the greatest writer in America today. From his work on Al-Qaeda (The Looming Tower) to the Church of Scientology (Going Clear), Wright is brilliant in studying/understanding Americana, and this is on full display here in God Save Texas. I had a hard time pressing pause on this book because I was so engrossed by it. From the history of right-wing radio, the Texas Legislature, Texas political dynasties like the LBJ and Bush family, and even to Texas music and the state of gentrification in the state, like my hometown of Austin. Few books and writers have been able to get a perfect encapsulation of what it means to be a Texan and the identity of this state as good as Lawrence Wright has done with his new book. Writing this review makes me want to listen to this book again.

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By Sruthi Pandipati on 06-02-18

Excellent book for the Texas novice!

I listened to this book in anticipation of moving to Texas as an East coaster. This book has given me a tremendous amount of insight into the state and has made me more empathetic to Texas views. The writing is beautiful and I love the narration!

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