Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers

Doug J. Swanson (Author)

Product Details

$28.00  $25.76
Publish Date
June 09, 2020
6.5 X 9.6 X 1.5 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Doug J. Swanson is the author most recently of Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker. He was for many years an investigative reporter and editor at The Dallas Morning News, and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, and spent a year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Swanson currently teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.


Advance praise for Cult of Glory

"Cult of Glory is a masterpiece of American history. Period. Doug Swanson has taken on the Texas Ranger legend in all of its terrifying magnificence, disassembled it, and created in its place a real, true, and shockingly new history."
--S.C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon

"Utterly absorbing and sweeping in scope. Doug J. Swanson has stripped away the clichΓ©s and mythology of the Texas Rangers and written a meticulous and propulsive narrative that's a delight to read."
--Gilbert King, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Beneath a Ruthless Sun

"The conquest of the American West was a ruthless, sanguinary affair. At long last, Doug J. Swanson's Cult of Glory resurrects the truth about the Texas Rangers and their complicated history, and it's a far stranger, more fascinating tale than any you've ever read about the storied lawmen. A revelatory masterpiece." --Melissa del Bosque, author of Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty

"The Rangers in Swanson's Cult of Glory are, by turns, heroic, villainous, astonishingly brave and sometimes breathtakingly inept. Every chapter--and I mean every single one--contains a character who could have been sprung straight out of a screenwriter's imagination."
--Skip Hollandsworth, author of The Midnight Assassin

"Cult of Glory is a remarkable feat of reporting, conjuring the crimes and courage of the Texas Rangers while dismantling toxic American myths--from the romanticized anti-hero to American exceptionalism. Swanson refuses to reduce the Texas Rangers to a monolith, instead breathing cinematic life into their diverse makeup of white supremacists, cold-blooded murderers and heroes. In gripping prose, he reveals the contradictions that forged America and fueled the earliest border wars. It's a wild and timely ride you need to go on--adrenaline-packed and enlightening."
--Jean Guerrero, Emmy-winning journalist and author of Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir and Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda

"[A] big story . . . to tell, expanding on, updating, and sometimes correcting works by writers such as Walter Prescott Webb and John Boessenecker . . . Revisionist history done well."
--Kirkus Reviews