As far as this book review of Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans can tell you, there is no other book like this that offers such a valuable piece of information of a state in the US. Fehrenbach has outdone himself by providing this piece of work about the Lone Star State and all that has happened in it that has formed the people that live in it.
T. R. Fehrenbach covers everything, an insider’s look at the people of Texas, the politics, and many important events that have shaped the State that it is today, from the beginning itself to the modern day of Texans.
No article online can tell you what this long book that covers so much by Fehrenbach can, as he talks passionately about so many events in its history, the Spanish and French invasion, what the people endured, how they got through the hard times, and how they prospered at the end.
Fehrenbach talks about many periods in Texas history, such as the heyday of the cotton and cattle empires, something Texas has been most popular for and proud of it for that matter. Then, of course, comes some juicy politic talk as it is an important time for any country as it was for Texas too.
Times like the emergence of Texas as a republic which was a truly memorable time for all true Texans, the vote for secession before the terrible Civil War, he leaves nothing out as even times like these are what made Texas become Texas and formed this State. After that, good times come again as Fehrenbach writes about Texas’ readmission to the Union after the War that could not break this State apart.
The Lone Star book just keeps getting more exciting as Fehrenbach writes this story as it was a movie, in order and with such passion that the readers just don’t want to stop reading.
Another age comes for Texas as they discover oil in their lands which brings the people great economic resources and huge social change for all. As T. R. says himself, Texas would always remain Texas, even after everything that has happened in its history, the good and the bad, because “Texans have been made different by the crucible of history; they think and act in different ways, according to the history that shaped their hearts and minds”.
This brilliant author has surely done what no other could do, he has re-written the history of Texas and the Texans, in the most realistic way he could as the story he writes is one that he, and all Texans believe in.