As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agendaby Gail Collins
that proud state of big oil and bigger ambitions, did Gail Collins, the best-selling author and columnist for the New York Times, realize that she had missed the one place that mattered most in America’s political landscape. Raised in Ohio, Collins had previously seen the American fundamental divide as a war between the/em>
Not until she visited Texas,
that proud state of big oil and bigger ambitions, did Gail Collins, the best-selling author and columnist for the New York Times, realize that she had missed the one place that mattered most in America’s political landscape. Raised in Ohio, Collins had previously seen the American fundamental divide as a war between the Republican heartland and its two liberal coasts. But the real story, she came to see, was in Texas, where Bush, Cheney, Rove, & Perry had created a conservative political agenda that is now sweeping the country and defining our national identity. Through its vigorous support of banking deregulation, lax environmental standards, and draconian tax cuts, through its fierce championing of states rights, gun ownership, and, of course, sexual abstinence, Texas, with Governor Rick Perry’s presidential ambitions, has become the bellwether of a far-reaching national movement that continues to have profound social and economic consequences for us all. Like it or not, as Texas goes, so goes the nation.
“There’s no funnier writer about politics than Gail Collins, and in Texas she’s found the perfect canvas. The state’s record at producing some of the nuttiest characters ever to enter American public life is matched only by its recent prowess in infecting the other forty-nine states with those politicians’ most crackpot policy ideas. Collins serves up hilarity and horror in equal measure and leaves you rooting for Rick Perry to make good on his threat to lead Texas out of the Union.”—Frank Rich
“Here is the WPA guide to the follies of our time. Gail Collins walks us through a vast and formerly prosperous land that has lost itself in delusions of its own magnificence; that has set itself ablaze with a crusade against learning; that has grown dizzy with free-market fantasies that no amount of real-world failure seems able to correct. Yes, Texas is a hell of a place to be a corporation, but for humans it’s a different story.” —Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?
“There is no one like Gail Collins: uproarious fun on every page, but with a serious point. In this wonderful book she devastates Texas for its hypocrisy, its ignorance, its worship of wealth. But you cannot keep laughing as she shows how the Texan mind works a baleful influence on the rest of the country.”—Anthony Lewis
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Couldn't put it down. Interesting to see how outsiders perceive Texas and how the state ranks in health, education, and welfare. It is an excellent resource to read for those interested in relocating, working, visiting, or doing business in Texas. A defining book. Fascinating and lively. Captures the State's culture.
I've spent the last 5 years exiled in Texas and can hardly wait until I can come back to the U. S. Most democrats in this part of Texas are in the "closet" and are not free to express a point of view that would give us away. We few democrats are hated, but since Obama is hated here, I am in good company. I enjoyed this book and felt that someone had reached out to me and said, it's ok, you are not alone. Gail Collins is correct in her observations and her analysis of what is going on down here. The truth does not need to be exaggerated, these people are REAL.
Gail's easy way of writing makes even some of her dry statistics interesting. I was very surprised at the low standards of education in this wealthy state. Lack of a workers compensation law-only state in the US not to have one-is difficult to imagine. I learned a great deal about Texas and Gail's research is commendable.
An excellent commentary on Texas politics, and insight into the conservative thinking that goes on here. Amusing at times, but also troubling when you look at where Texas is in terms of education, health, and the environment. The author has done her homework and has the data to back her up. As a life-long Texan, I can tell you that she has it exactly right! But it's not just about Texas, it's how the politics here may have outreach into other places. A good wake up call!
Houston may be considered "cool" by the "in" people but Texas is anything but. I never realized how much of a backward state it is. Good read by Gail Collins
I have been enjoying this book in fits and starts, since B&N's "Read in Store" app is very persnickity about how long you must wait between "RIS" sessions. Education is not particularly valued in Texas, except as a means of having a football team, as football is a de-facto religion for all practical purposes in Texas. (Yes, I did live in Texas for a while.)