One Ranger: A Memoir [NOOK Book]

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When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers. Nick Nolte modeled his character in the movie Extreme Prejudice on him. Jackson even had a speaking part of his own in The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones. But the role that Jackson has always played the best is that of the man who wears the silver badge cut from a Mexican cinco peso coin-a working Texas Ranger. Legend says that one Ranger is all it takes to put down lawlessness and restore the...
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One Ranger: A Memoir

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Overview

When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers. Nick Nolte modeled his character in the movie Extreme Prejudice on him. Jackson even had a speaking part of his own in The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones. But the role that Jackson has always played the best is that of the man who wears the silver badge cut from a Mexican cinco peso coin-a working Texas Ranger. Legend says that one Ranger is all it takes to put down lawlessness and restore the peace-one riot, one Ranger. In this adventure-filled memoir, Joaquin Jackson recalls what it was like to be the Ranger who responded when riots threatened, violence erupted, and criminals needed to be brought to justice across a wide swath of the Texas-Mexico border from 1966 to 1993. Jackson has dramatic stories to tell. Defying all stereotypes, he was the one Ranger who ensured a fair election-and an overwhelming win for La Raza Unida party candidates-in Zavala County in 1972. He followed legendary Ranger Captain Alfred Y. Allee Sr. into a shootout at the Carrizo Springs jail that ended a prison revolt-and left him with nightmares. He captured "The See More Kid," an elusive horse thief and burglar who left clean dishes and swept floors in the houses he robbed. He investigated the 1988 shootings in Big Bend's Colorado Canyon and tried to understand the motives of the Mexican teenagers who terrorized three river rafters and killed one. He even helped train Afghan mujahedin warriors to fight the Soviet Union. Jackson's tenure in the Texas Rangers began when older Rangers still believed that law need not get in the way of maintaining order, and concluded as younger Rangers were turning to computer technology to help solve crimes. Though he insists, "I am only one Ranger. There was only one story that belonged to me," his story is part of the larger story of the Texas Rangers becoming a modern law enforcement agency that serves all the people of the state. It's a story that's as interesting as any of the legends. And yet, Jackson's story confirms the legends, too. With just over a hundred Texas Rangers to cover a state with 267,399 square miles, any one may become the one Ranger who, like Joaquin Jackson in Zavala County in 1972, stops one riot.
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Editorial Reviews

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Former Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson is a true living legend, the modern embodiment of the honest Texas lawman. By the time he retired in the 1990s, this craggy-faced gunman had corralled enough bad men and collected enough stories to fuel half a dozen ordinary memoirs. In One Ranger, he recounts his 27-year career, a stint that includes tangles with horse thieves, prison rioters, and marauding teenage murderers. As a breather from these Lone Star adventures, he took a brief sabbatical to Afghanistan, where he trained mujahedin warriors to repel Russian invaders.
Texas Monthly
The writing smacks of the truths that are hard-won from a lifetime of dealing out justice—sometimes on horseback, like the Lone Ranger used to do—in a lonesome terrain where your word is only as good as the gun and the reputation that back it up.
America's 1st Freedom
Superb memoir . . . One Ranger is Jackson's own story, a personal tale of adventure, service, love, grief, heartache, and hope. Yet embodied within its pages is the story of every Ranger--the pages of the book are thick with the weight of history. Jackson well knows his place in the continuum of the Texas Rangers, the history of Texas, and the epic of what is today the American Southwest.
Austin American-Statesman
A straight-shooting book that blow[s] a few holes in the Ranger myth while providing more ammunition for the myth’s continuation. . . . reads more like a novel than [an] autobiography . . .
America’s 1st Freedom
Superb memoir . . . One Ranger is Jackson’s own story, a personal tale of adventure, service, love, grief, heartache, and hope. Yet embodied within its pages is the story of every Ranger—the pages of the book are thick with the weight of history. Jackson well knows his place in the continuum of the Texas Rangers, the history of Texas, and the epic of what is today the American Southwest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292738997
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2011
  • Series: Bridwell Texas History Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 170,448
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

H. JOAQUIN JACKSON retired from the Texas Rangers in 1993. Today he lives in Alpine, Texas, where he is the owner and operator of the Ranger Investigations, a private investigative company.

DAVID MARION WILKINSON is an award-winning writer whose most recent books are Oblivion’s Altar, The Empty Quarter, and Not between Brothers.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Chapter One. Ice in August
Chapter Two. Rider through the Storm
Chapter Three. Order before Law
Chapter Four. The Ghost and the Great Bear Hunt
Chapter Five. The Reconquest of Aztlan
Chapter Six. The Things I Carried
Chapter Seven. For Love and Horses
Chapter Eight. Earth, Fire, Water, and Blood: I
Chapter Nine. Earth, Fire, Water, and Blood: II
Chapter Ten. My Heroes Have Always Been Rangers: The Captain
Chapter Eleven. A Goat and a Guitar
Chapter Twelve. Just Folks
Chapter Thirteen. My Heroes Have Always Been Rangers: Just a Ranger
Chapter Fourteen. Desperadoes and Dumbasses
Chapter Fifteen. With Friends Like These
Chapter Sixteen. Moving Pictures
Chapter Seventeen. A Slow, Cold Rain
Chapter Eighteen. Saddle My Pony, Boys . . .
Chapter Nineteen. El Último Grito
Appendix One. In Black and White
Appendix Two. Letter from the Reverend
Acknowledgments
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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Absolutely recommend

    Great story. A living legend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Very Entertaining

    I am new to Texas and I appreciated this bit of personal history. Ranger Jackson comes across as a decent, honest man, who sees himself as a servant of the citizens. He gives a personal account into the legend that is the Texas Rangers. This book is easy to read. The high points are joyous, the low points are tragic. This book kept me wanting more!

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Very well written, and really commands your attention

    One Ranger gives the reader a great perspective on men and women who are employed in law enforcement in tough situations. Very clearly brings to the forefront the issues of loyalty and honor, love for family, service to community and country, and the need for good, honorable people in the profession of protecting and serving the public.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Good Texas Ranger Book

    This book is really written in a well thought out and vivid sort of way. I cannot sit and read for extended periods of time because I just get bogged down in the fill in materials and loose interest and then it beccomes a task to finish it. Joaquin is real and is still alive and well in Alpine, Texas. After reading this I feel that I could walk up to this man and actually talk about things he referred to in his book. The story takes you from his young childhood and the struggles of his family in the old days to him deciding he wanted a change in careers from the rest of his previous generations. He speaks of all sorts of cases and almost speaks as if you are the person he is speaking to. I was able to feel as if I were standing there right beside him and that made it all the more interesting to read. What a dying breed he is. He is a mans man and I cannot wait to read the other book he has out. Too bad men are not brought up like him anymore. It seems that this could be a recipe for what a man wants his son to grow up to be. Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    My daughter was an administrative assistant at Company F, TX Rangers in Houston, TX. One day just before noon she called me at my office and said 'Dad...get over here..you have to meet this guy named Joquin Jackson. I went and yes he is everything you might expect from an 'old time' TX Ranger. This is a fine book and I think it tells a grand tale that needs to be told.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    One Ranger:come in please

    I loved this Book please keep more coming,good reads are hard to find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Texas, how it once was.

    More than a story about one tough Ranger. This story is about Texas life back-in-the¿day as lived by one salt of the earth guy. The writer and story teller combine to give you a long look at the enchanted land known as Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    Ranger Joaquin

    Extraordinary Texas western culture and a top of the line individual with a top of the line story. Very good book and great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Only in Texas

    One Ranger is the well-told Memoir of H. Joaquin Jackson. Having been on the other side of the law, (I was a marijuana smuggler), I anticipated a book that would tell how the cops are the good guys and all the crooks are evil and how the Texas Rangers are far superior to any cop on the planet. While an element of pride does creep into this work in places, it is offset by an honest and frank view of the world from Jackson¿s eyes. He peers into the gray areas in his life and that of others and talks of racial prejudice, greed, pride and even contempt for the law. Of the fears and doubts he felt. He addresses flawed policies on the war on drugs and border related issues with courage and conviction. He also does a good job of painting the world from which he comes¿a world he loves dearly¿perhaps more than his own life. Almost to a fault. For those that love Texas and the border regions you will find interesting history and perspective woven into the stories and accurate and colorful portrayals of the land and the people that make this country what it is. He shows us how flawed people can be good people, a lesson all of us need to learn. He stares into what certainly is his biggest personal nightmare and takes the reader with him¿a nightmare that will continue to haunt him for the rest of his life¿the fact that his son, a son bearing his name, would grow up to kill another human and be sentenced to prison for murder. I couldn¿t help but share in the pain and doubts he lives with. Why did this happen? Being the eldest son of an equally dynamic and successful man, and also bearing the name of my own father (don means ¿sir¿ in Spanish), I think I understand. The only thing I have to say publicly is this: the grace of God is greater than all of this. And sometimes a man must die (figuratively or literally) to overcome the curse into which he is born. I want Mr. Jackson to know that hope remains for his son and that sometimes God takes a person from the lowest of places to do his will. This is an exceptional book. Buy it and read it. You will profit from the experience.

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