Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.52 X 1.29 X 9.6 inches | 1.72 pounds

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About the Author
Robert M. Utley, former chief historian of the National Park Service, is a founding member and former president of the Western History Association, and the author of twelve acclaimed books on Western history, including The Lance and the Shield: The Life of Sitting Bull and biographies of Billy the Kid and George Armstrong Custer.

"In the annals of law enforcement few groups or agencies have become as encrusted with legend as the Texas Rangers. The always-readable historian Robert Utley has done a thorough job of chipping away these encrustations and revealing the Ranger's rather rag-and-bone, catch-as-catch-can beginning in a time when the Texas frontier was very far from being stable or safe. A fine book."--Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove

"A rip-snortin', six-guns-blazin' saga of good guys and bad guys who were sometimes one and the same. By taking on the Texas Rangers, Utley, an accomplished and well-regarded historian of the American West, risks treading on ground that is both hallowed and thoroughly documented. He skirts those issues by turning in a balanced history....An accessible survey of some interesting--and bloody--times."--Kirkus Reviews

"Extensively researched and well written, this new and exciting history of the Texas Rangers is certain to replace Walter P. Webb's classic, but dated, account. In a politicized age often critical of the Rangers, Utley is, above all, fairminded and never stampeded by folklore or myth."--William Goetzmann, Jack S. Blanton, Sr, Chair in History and American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

"Bob Utley's long-awaited, much anticipated history of the early Texas Rangers turns out to be well worth the wait. It is an excellent successor to Walter Prescott Webb's The Texas Rangers, expanding upon that regional classic and revising it where necessary. The narrative of a relative handful of gutsy Texans loses nothing by Utley's meticulous separation of myth from history."--The Arthur H. Clark Company

"Well-written and exciting."--Library Journal

"The Rangers were at their best during the years Robert Utley chronicles in Lone Star Justice. They were hard but fair men at a time when the hardness was necessary and the fairness a bonus. They may have killed off most of the people that made Texas interesting to begin with, but most of those people were trying to kill them at the time."--Weekly Standard

"Exposes the Rangers to an objective light, never discounting their heroism and courage but never concealing their sometimes impulsive, sometimes outrageous behavior when violent expediency and individual ambition overrode a need to keep the peace. In highly readable and well-documented prose, he maps out the complex trails of politics, finance and personal egos that stamped the Rangers with fame....Noting that there is truth in the heroic exploits of Ranger captains such as Ben McCulloch, Jack Hays and Rip Ford, he also points out there were just as many leaders whose personal ineptitude or political prejudices combined with willful ignorance and vicious racism to cause more problems than they solved."--Houston Chronicle

"An action-packed assessment of an American institution."--Bill Ruehlmann, Virginian-Pilot

"Utley, former chief historian of the National Park Service who's written a long list of books dealing with conflict, armed and cultural, in the early West, takes an intense look at the colorful history of the Rangers and traces their evolution from a loose-knit group of citizen soldiers on the 1830s frontier to a small but highly effective group of lawmen at the turn of the 20th century....As always, his research is impeccable."--Denver Post

"Utley's careful portrayal of the Texas Rangers' evolution from citizen-soldiers to Old West lawmen reveals the weaknesses and ulterior motives within the scholarly debate over the Rangers' legacy and offers a clear-eyed view of the Rangers themselves. His fine book ultimately explains why, 'despite the continuing efforts of scholars to recast the image of the Texas Ranger, ' he still rides the popular imagination."--Publishers Weekly

"Excellent. Well-balanced, very engaging. This is a book students will want to read."--A.V. Petrovich, Professor of History, University of Houston