Forever Texas: Texas, the Way Those Who Lived It Wrote It

Forever Texas: Texas, the Way Those Who Lived It Wrote It

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Texas: a place that triggers the imagination of Americans and the world as much today as it did when the Spanish explorers arrived nearly four centuries ago.

Forever Texas features the writings of remarkable Texans—Texans by birth, or by circumstance—including President George W. Bush, H. Ross Perot, and the state's most famous historical figures: the likes of Sam Houston, David Crockett, Stephen F. Austin, and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Through the most informative collection of personal essays to date, Forever Texas explains the undeniable Texas mystique while, at the same time, perpetuating the proud legacy of the state and its people. From the conquistadores to the Presidents to its greatest writers, Forever Texas explored the images, strengths, and desires that make up the Lone Star State's colorful and exciting history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312876852
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/09/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

A native of Texas, Mike Blakely grew up working on the family ranch. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the former president of Western Writers of America and has taught fiction writing at numerous workshops nationwide. He is a winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel. Also a singer/songwriter, Blakely tours all over the U.S. and in Europe with his band and records his original songs on his own independent record label. He currently lives on his horse ranch near Marble Falls, Texas.

Table of Contents

"Memory One"13
"In Search of Texans"18
"Elmer Kelton Remembers His West Texas Roots"27
"What Texas Means to Me"33
"Texas Bound"36
"The Journey of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca"43
"1540: The Expedition of Coronado"52
"Into North America"54
"The First Texans"58
"Texas--from the Outside"71
"Escape from Goliad"78
"... Stephen F. Austin"87
"I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat"92
"Facets of the Alamo"94
"A Mexican's Story of San Jacinto"97
"The Misdemeanor Murder Trial"100
"Mr. C. R. and American Airlines"103
"The Texas Braggadocio"113
"Texas Style"115
"Recollections of Texas"116
"Red River Women"122
"Dia de San Jose"124
"Captured by Comanches"128
"The Wraith Riding Shotgun"131
"Prairie Fire"144
"Indian Depredations"148
"Brushy Creek and Plum Creek"155
"The Heart of Texas"162
"Inaugural Address"165
"The Spirit of Texas"170
"The Time of Her Life"172
"What Kind of People?"179
"The Kioways"181
"Old Texas Days"186
"Forever Texas"188
"The YO Ranch and the Texas Legacy"191
"Recollections of Stephen F. Austin"195
"The Cowboy's Paradise"198
"Living in the Last Frontier"203
"A Texas Cowboy"205
"... One Riot, One Ranger"208
"Bandit Queen Belle Starr"216
"Train Robbers"218
"Not Afraid to Go to Hell by Himself"223
"Frontiers Old and New"237
"Be Good to the Indians"244
"The Death of Flaco"246
"Lost and Found in a Border Town"248
"Hell and Texas"255
"Letter from David Crockett"259
"An Expatriate's Lament: A Texas Pilgrim in Arkansas"261
"An Awareness"268
"Real Texans"270
"It Ain't Much to Look At ..."272
"No Drugstore Cowboys"275
"On Coming to Texas"280
"I'll Always Be a Texan"284
"Short and Sweet"286
"On Family Values"287
"Texan by Choice"290
"My Texas Hero"293
"A Texas Legacy"296
"Houston's Inaugural Address"299
"My Trip to Texas"304
"The Little German Girl"308
"Captain Lafitte" writer unknown311
"Ninnie L. Baird, a Texas Legend"315
"From Havana to Silicon Hills"325
"Why He Came to Texas"330
"Building Texas Railroads"331

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