Texas Got It Right!

Texas Got It Right!

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by Sam Wyly, Andrew Wyly
     
 

“It ain’t bragging if it’s true.” –a rodeo bull rider

Why are jobs moving from the once Golden State of California to the Lone Star State of Texas? Why are the best and the brightest moving from Chicago and Detroit to Austin and Houston and Dallas? Why are Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Illinois losing congressmen in 2012 while

Overview


“It ain’t bragging if it’s true.” –a rodeo bull rider

Why are jobs moving from the once Golden State of California to the Lone Star State of Texas? Why are the best and the brightest moving from Chicago and Detroit to Austin and Houston and Dallas? Why are Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Illinois losing congressmen in 2012 while Texas gains four? Why is it that Texas is growing while the other big states in America are flat or flat-out broke?

According to Sam and Andrew Wyly, it’s simple: Texas got it right! The Lone Star State’s long tradition of walking the path less traveled has made it a constantly renewing hotbed of invention and entrepreneurial can-do. From the birthplace of Whole Foods, Southwest Airlines, and Green Mountain Energy has come the innovation that has quadrupled America’s natural gas and oil reserves in the past ten years, creating good jobs across the country and abroad. The most military-friendly state in the union is now leading the country in its use of high-tech windmills and is making it more likely that we’ll soon bring an end to wars over Arab and Persian oil.

The Wylys’ new full-color, fully illustrated book of true boasts, Texas Got It Right!, argues that the state’s success stories can inspire the rest of the country. This astute and provocative look at Texan policies, history, and culture is packed with ideas begging to be exported to the other, less fortunate 49 states.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595910745
Publisher:
Melcher Media, Inc.
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
683,208
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Sam Wyly

Sam Wyly was raised in small-town Louisiana. In 1957, he got his MBA from the University of Michigan and began his career as a salesman for IBM and then a manager for Honeywell. Six years later, at the age of 28, Wyly was out on his own, creating his first company, University Computing, which married computer technology services to telephone technology to serve first local businesses and then multinational companies in the United States and Europe. This became the first of six enterprises that Wyly grew to over $1 billion valuations. Over the next fifty years, Wyly became one of America’s top multiple entrepreneurs, building companies in industries ranging from oil and gold mining to arts and crafts, from software to budget steakhouses and clean electricity. Wyly is a philanthropist, an avid reader, and a family man. He resides in Dallas and in Aspen with his wife, Cheryl, and has six children, twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Wyly’s memoir, 1,000 Dollars & an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire, was published in 2008, and his illustrated business biography, Beyond Tallulah by Dennis Hamilton, came out in 2011.

Andrew Wyly

Andrew Wyly is an entrepreneur, investor, and film producer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, with some schooling in Switzerland, he has been a Texan by choice since 2004. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University, Andrew worked as a sales agent for Green Mountain Energy and managed a portfolio for a hedge fund. He has continued his interest in political economics through participation with several think tanks. In 2007, he created the Andrew Wyly Film Company. Blood Shot, his first feature film, was completed last year.
 
Walter Isaacson
 
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and UniverseBenjamin Franklin: An American Life and Kissinger: A Biography. He lives in Washington, D.C.

 

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Texas Got It Right! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
poppywriter More than 1 year ago
I don't know whether Texas really gets it right, but this book does. It's every bit as colorful, quirky and energetic as the state itself. While it's clearly more in line with conservative viewpoints, it praises Texas heroes and institutions across the full spectrum, left to right, male and female, representing all walks of life and claims to fame. It also makes for a very pleasant, easygoing read — entertaining and nicely formed into bite-sized chunks. The unpretentious prose, sprinklings of factoids, abundance of illustrations and brightly hued charts are as welcoming as a big Texas "howdy." I give this book four Lone Stars.
DLHamilton More than 1 year ago
Sam Wyly has spent half a century in Texas building a dozen corporations and watching the state grow into the most desireable business and residential destination in the nation. In his new book, "Texas Got It Right," he and his son Andrew have beautifully chronicled exactly why Texas is succeeding so dramatically and what other states might do to enjoy the same success. Sam Wyly, one of the most celebrated entrepreneurs in American history, gives Texas much of the credit for his success. In "Texas Got It Right!" he explains how the state evolved from a bastion of oil barons and cattlemen to become host to entrepreneurs of every stripe and the center of clean energy and high tech companies in America. Texas's laws and taxation policies are unashamedly pro-business, and its highly diverse population has found employment rates high despite a population growth that was 8.5 million when Wyly moved there in 1956 and is 26 million today -- and no one pays a state income tax. Like Wyly's other books, this one is lively, insightful and superbly illustrated. If you like books by people who've actually done the things they write about, you will enjoy this book about the secrets of Texas's wild success.