God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright

God Save Texas

With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny.God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minori...

Details God Save Texas

TitleGod Save Texas
Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, History, Politics, Travel, Literature, American

Reviews God Save Texas

  • Elyse
    Audiobook....narrated by the author, Lawrence Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for book “The Looming Tower”.This is my first book by Lawrence Wright.... .....which is entertaining and informative....’fascinating info.’ I sure wouldn’t hesitate reading any one of Wright’s other books — each one are interesting topics & issues: Twins and what they tell us....The Terror Years from Al Qaeda to the Islamic State....Scientology.....an...
  • Trish
    This is a fast and fabulous, smart and funny read…the kind that reads so effortlessly because the author has a lifetime of writing experience. There is a big-hearted generosity in Wright’s view of Texas, though he doesn’t hesitate to point out personalities or policies that diminish what he believes the state could be. Wright lived many years in Austin, the big blue liberal heart of Texas, a city that attracted so many people to what the ci...
  • Chantal Lyons
    If America interests you in any way, you'll almost certainly get something out of "God Save Texas". As an Americanophile who recently visited Dallas and Austin, reading the book was fascinating and enjoyable.I'm afraid I've never heard of Lawrence Wright, but his diverse career and connections afford him the most intimate of insights into the artistic and political worlds of Texas - and beyond, in the case of presidential politics, since Wright h...
  • Dax
    A nice glimpse into the current cultural, political, and social environment of the Lone Star State. Wright also includes some interesting historical tidbits and introduces us to several fascinating and oftentimes hilarious characters. I laughed a lot while reading this. Not just for Texans, either. Anyone interested in learning about the cultural melting pot that is Texas would enjoy this one. It’s a much more complicated and, dare I say, inter...
  • Michelle Lancaster
    TEXAS POLITICS/SOCIAL SCIENCESLawrence WrightGod Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star StateAlfred A. KnopfHardcover, 978-0-5255-2010-4, (also available as an e-book, on Audible, and as a large-print paperback), 368 pgs., $27.95April 17, 2018In a former life, I was a paralegal for an international law firm in Dallas. During a conversation with a lawyer from Philadelphia, he told me something astonishing. According to him, neither d...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Lawrence Wright is a storyteller, a magical storyteller. I'm so happy he chose our oddity of a place to make his home because this is the place he has chosen to tell stories about. That's what this book is about. Stories upon stories upon stories. All set in Texas, and every story with a thread or two of such zaniness that you wouldn't believe it if you were a responsible citizen and saw it on Fox News. Not just little odd stories, mind you, of o...
  • Truman32
    Lawrence Wright’s first rate new book, God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State, is a clear-eyed, yet affectionate exploration of America’s 28th state which Wright also calls home. It can be said that Texas (with it’s political unrest, populism ideology, and general cantankerousness) is a reflection of the United States of America as a whole. This is not unlike how my wife says I am a reflection of Hugh Jackman. Texas ...
  • Ian Holmes
    This is a marvelous book about the beauty and contradictions of Texas. It's part memoir, part collection of essays, but all Texas. Makes me a little homesick, but as it it Texas, it also makes me a little sick.
  • Joe
    A delightful and at time frustrating journey into what it is to be Texan and what Texas means to the world at large. Part-memoir and part social history, Lawrence Wright has crafted a book that will be referenced for years to come.
  • Kathleen
    Wright is most remembered for his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, about the rise of al-Qaida. But, he has also written film scripts, plays, and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He seems to have an insatiable curiosity about people, places and all things Texan. He has traveled throughout the State and is on a first-name basis with a plethora of Texan notables.God Save Texas is an engaging travelogue that is part memoir, part h...
  • Jill Meyer
    Lawrence Wright is a noted writer of non-fiction - his book, "The Looming Tower" was a Pulitzer Prize winner - and one work of fiction. As an almost life-long resident of Texas, his latest book, "God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State", is a journey through the history of the state as well as a bit of a journey through his life. He and his family have lived decades in Texas - mostly in Austin - and he's lived though some o...
  • Chad
    A wonderful examination and portrait of my home state. I savored this, not wanting to be done with it so soon--Wright has a great eye for dissecting how ridiculous, hypocritical, odd, and ultimately influential Texas is in relation to the rest of the country. God Save Texas looks at the politics, culture and society of Texas, along with some brief Texas history and some personal memoir from Wright. The chapter focusing on Houston and the aftermat...
  • Ian Westgate
    I’m not sure what the point of this book was. Each chapter tends to embrace a different city or concept. But then the organization is all over the place. In one section, you might get a fascinating political/sociological look at some major thing that happened in Texan history. The next, you’ll get some interesting but ultimately irrelevant fluff.It is hard to describe without giving a few examples. For one, in the chapter about Texan presiden...
  • Sydney Young
    My choice for my April - Paris Life column. Loved it as a Texan, but I think its way bigger than that. Will post my review here after a month or so. In the meantime, just know that it is not to miss. Also, thank you to the publisher's for an ARC so that I could give an honest review of it for the magazine during its publication month.
  • Bruce Katz
    A lot of fun and, oddly enough, kind of moving. I've read Wright before, most notably Looming Tower and his book on Scientology. God Save Texas shows a very different side of him: playful, musical, sincerely interested in the world around him. And because his subject is Texas, there are anecdotes aplenty, some dark and others amusing. My favorites were about the town that elects goats to be its mayors, and the one about the gentleman who was dete...
  • Angus McKeogh
    A great explanation of what it is to be Texan. My native home. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The pros and cons. The consciousness and the bigotry. My home by birth and perhaps not by choice in many respects; but in many others a pretty phenomenal congenital gift. I love much about my home state (and so does Wright) and he encompasses all that and more here in this book; a book which I loved very much of as well.
  • Lance L
    A rambling, baggy but quite pleasant stroll through Texas past (some) and present (moreso). Lawrence is an amazing journalist and one of our age's Important Writers. This book finds him in a more relaxed, personal mode - sharing a drink on a patio with an old friend under a wide Texas sky.The book was definitely stronger in places where it seemed the author was more familiar with the subject (Austin, West Texas, Dallas - although as someone who a...
  • John Spiller
    For those who have read Lawrence Wright's "The Looming Tower" and "Going Clear" and expecting something similar with "God Save Texas," you will likely be disappointed. That doesn't mean that "God Save Texas" is disappointing; it's just different, more personal, less objective.Wright seeks to capture the ineffable: the "soul" of Texas. Like Walt Whitman, Texas contains multitudes. It's sacred and profane, generous and mean, pragmatic and nutty, be...
  • Demi
    One of the best nonfiction writers I’ve ever read, Larry Wright has set down the Texas in which I live with such grace. He scrutinizes the ethics and politics of the state, touches on Willie Nelson and Matthew McConaughey, and paints the most incredible portrait of this beautiful, perplexing, maddening state. He loves living here, and so do I.
  • Julie
    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this author read his informative and entertaining book. Mr. Wright and I are almost exactly the same age (for the record, he is 4 weeks older than I am) and have many parallel, if not equal, experiences. With the exception of Houston and its people, this book covers places I've been, historic events that happened where I lived, and the political environment of my home state. Like me, he claims Texas as his home b...
  • Laura Jean
    An interesting group of essays about modern Texas. There are chapters on fracking, flooding, music and politics.
  • Chris
    Aptly subtitled. An engaging memoir in which the author regales the reader with Texan history and culture while opining on his love/hate relationship with the state. Actually there’s a whole lotta love for the Lone Star State with more annoyance than hatred. If one has any affinity towards Texas this is a must read book.
  • Andrew Tollemache
    I just tore into Lawrence Wright's contribution to the long running mini-literary genre: "whats up with Texas?"...its that frigging good. Going back 150 years people have been trying to figure out my adoptive homeland. The best are those introspective Texans like Erica Greider and the worst are those by drive-thru literati New Yorkers like Gail Collins. Lawrence Wrifght's "God Save Texas" is an extremely good summary of what is so great about Tex...
  • Morgan
    A meandering look into the political culture and culture of Texas and what it bodes for the future of the United States--from oil and right wing politics to music, art, and food. An enjoyable read as it moves from quainter aspects of Texas to the potentially more sinister implications of a politics that stays steadfastly to the right though every demographic trend suggests this will bite the state in the ass one day.
  • James
    Fun survey with Wright’s characteristic eye for detail.
  • Tom Walsh
    Not sure about what to say about this book. I enjoy Wright’s mostly journalistic writing style and have read a couple of his books and a few articles and so was not surprised by an enjoyable reading experience. It was the content of the book that left me disappointed. I am a New York native who has spent seven or eight years of my professional life in Texas. Over that time I have developed an appreciation for the states climate, stereotypes and...
  • Dani
    Many parts of this book were very interesting and were clear. As we meandered toward the end, I felt that the author was searching for ways to bring the book to the required 350 pages. The unconnected autobiographical information did nothing to bring the book to its general thesis. The political descriptions were good and informative, however, so much was totally a waste of time. Sorry, Larry!
  • Kim Wozencraft
    Essential reading for anyone who loves Texas. Required reading for anyone who despises or is utterly confused by Texas but wishes to claim an open mind. This book is a delightful journey through the good, the bad, and the quirky of a nation-state that is still discovering and constantly reinventing itself. The writing is open, honest, insightful, and beautiful. I did not want this book to end.
  • Helen Mountford
    I could not figure out what the point of this book is supposed to be. It’s just a bunch of unconnected episodes of something paired with a lot of name dropping.