Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands

Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands

by Roger D. Hodge


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In the tradition of Ian Frazier's Great Plains, and as vivid as the work of Cormac McCarthy, an intoxicating, singularly illuminating history of the Texas borderlands from their settlement through seven generations of Roger D. Hodge's ranching family.

What brought the author's family to Texas? What is it about Texas that for centuries has exerted a powerful allure for adventurers and scoundrels, dreamers and desperate souls, outlaws and outliers? In search of answers, Hodge travels across his home state—which he loves and hates in shifting measure—tracing the wanderings of his ancestors into forgotten histories along vanished roads. Here is an unsentimental, keenly insightful attempt to grapple with all that makes Texas so magical, punishing, and polarizing. Here is a spellbindingly evocative portrait of the borderlands—with its brutal history of colonization, conquest, and genocide; where stories of death and drugs and desperation play out daily. And here is a contemplation of what it means that the ranching industry that has sustained families like Hodge's for almost two centuries is quickly fading away, taking with it a part of our larger, deep-rooted cultural inheritance. A wholly original fusion of memoir and history—as piercing as it is elegiac—Texas Blood is a triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345802606
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 301,837
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ROGER D. HODGE is deputy editor of The Intercept and author of The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism. Formerly he was the editor of the Oxford American and Harper's Magazine. Hodge's writings have appeared in many publications, including Texas Monthly, the London Review of Books, Popular Science, The New Republic, and Harper's. His essay "Blood and Time: Cormac McCarthy and the Twilight of the West" was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for criticism. He lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Southwest Toward Home 3

Chapter 2 Parables Of First Contact 44

Chapter 3 The Texas Road 79

Chapter 4 Beyond Here Lies Nothing 155

Chapter 5 Ten Guns, Ten Horses, Ten Wives 235

Chapter 6 Overland 247

Chapter 7 Motion Of Limbs 305

Acknowledgments 331

Bibliography 333

Index 343

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Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
This was not what I expected. I was expecting a book about the Hodge family and their history and genealogy. What I got was part travelogue; part history of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico; part family history; part current events. Once the travelogue part was gone over, the history part was interesting. So was the current events where the problems occurring at the border are explained. I was fascinated by what the Border Patrol and Customs are doing to stop illegal aliens from crossing the border as well as illicit drugs and contraband. More is being done than we realize so this makes this book timely. I wish there were more of the Hodge/Wilson family history. I would have liked to see how people survived this land where lawlessness reigned. But the tales of the Natives, the Spaniards, the Mexicans, and the Americans coming (more likely clashing) together in these lands made this book. I am glad I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago