The Republican Party of Texas: A Political History

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University of Texas Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.8 pounds

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About the Author

Wayne Thorburn is a former executive director of the Republican Party of Texas and the author of Red State: An Insider's Story of How the GOP Came to Dominate Texas Politics and A Generation Awakes: Young Americans for Freedom and the Creation of the Conservative Movement.

This is an enthusiast's history...But it is also a soberly conducted and extensively researched scholarly work that should interest students of Texas political history and also of southern Republicanism...Thorburn's history is largely one of party officials, activists, candidates, and officeholders...This approach makes the book a wonderful resource for who did what when.-- "Journal of Southern History" (7/22/2022 12:00:00 AM)
Students of American politics will find Thorburn's history valuable.-- "Kirkus" (3/30/2021 12:00:00 AM)
[A] granular blow-by-blow account...Political historians will appreciate the fine-grained details.-- "Publishers Weekly" (3/19/2021 12:00:00 AM)
Thorburn's book is most useful as a tightly organized, semi-official record of the party's growth in Texas, written with apparent evenhandedness by a major participant in the state GOP. More significantly for non-Texans, it's useful as a stimulus to reflection on the nature of partisan dominance and its potential decay or reversal.-- "Law & Liberty" (9/6/2021 12:00:00 AM)
In presenting a long timeline with pivotal turning points, [Thorburn] offers a panoramic view of Lone Star politics...Thorburn aims for a deeply-researched take on how Republicans were for a long time the underdogs, striving for a definitive 'two-party' state until they gained dominance.-- "Sightlines" (8/10/2021 12:00:00 AM)
Thorburn provides a well-written, well-organized portrait of the origins, evolution, and political dominance of the GOP in Texas...Although not ignoring the major figures well known by the public, Thorburn's work reminds readers of the importance of those who worked at the city and county level to ensure both voter turnout and the day-to-day operations needed to secure state-wide electoral victories. Thorburn's history provides a model for those who wish to understand Texas politics and why the phrase 'Sold South' now best describes the Republican Party's dominance of the region...Highly recommended.-- "CHOICE" (9/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)