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“Every once in a while there comes along a magnificent work of history and story-telling that demands unbridle praise. The Harness Maker’s Dream is such a book. Nick Kotz recounts the saga and sagacity of his South Texas grandfather with well-researched care and moving, superbly crafted prose. The result is a marvelous history lesson told with the lilt of a novel. It does not get any better than that.”
“The Harness Maker’s Dream has the breadth, depth, and sweep of first-class history. Set in Texas but with universal appeal, well-told, it unfolds how and why America surged through the first two-thirds of the 20th Century. With fast, flowing prose like a historical novel, it is all the more powerful and important because the story is true. Already one of the best reporters of his generation, Nick Kotz brings history alive like David McCullough, Stephen Ambrose, and other modern masters. It’s the kind of book that sticks with you long after you’ve finished reading it!"
"Add one more chapter to the tale of how Texas became Texas - Nick Kotz's meticulous and lovingly researched account of how his grandfather at age 17 escaped the marauding Cossack of Czarist Russia, made his way to America and then San Antonio where he built the largest ranch and farm supply business in the Southwest and became an innovator rancher. A dramatic, inspiring and here to fore little known side of Texas history."
—Bob Schieffer, CBS News