Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas

Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas

by Erica Grieder

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Overview

Erica Grieder's Texas is a state that is not only an outlier but an exaggeration of some of America's most striking virtues and flaws. Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right is a witty, enlightening inquiry into how Texas works, and why, in the future, the rest of America may look a lot like Texas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610393751
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 414,517
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Erica Grieder is a senior editor at Texas Monthly. From 2007-2012, she covered Texas as the southwest correspondent for The Economist, to which she still contributes. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Spectator, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the New Republic. She lives in Austin.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Man-Made Miracle 9

2 The Texas Model 23

3 The Troublesome Territory 35

4 State of Hate 51

5 Land and Cattle 73

6 Black Gold 87

7 The Ungoverned 99

8 The Shadow State 113

9 Democratic Texas 131

10 The Rise of the Right 149

11 Twenty-First-Century Texas 159

12 Vestigial Parts 173

13 Turning Texas Blue 189

14 The Coming Crack-Up 201

15 Tweaking the Model 213

16 Texas and the United States 225

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 237

Bibliography 263

Index 269

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Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great insight into the minds of Texans! And their determination to succeed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grieder combines a review of contemporary Texas politics and the historical antecedants of the anti-government attitudes of most Texans into readable and enjoyable package.   Would be very helpful for non-Texans in understanding the strongly held beliefs and biases of modern Texans - especially if you add in a large dollop of their "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality.