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JAMES HALEY-The Handy Texas Answer Book

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 5:00pm
The Handy Texas Answer Book (Handy Answer Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781578596348
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Visible Ink Press - November 1st, 2018


Saturday, March 2 at 5PM

speaking & signing
The Handy Texas Answer Book



Texas is the country's second largest state by size and population. It has a unique and varied history, having been ruled by a succession of nations—from which the term, six flags over Texas, sprang, before becoming an independent republic. From its traditional oil, cattle and cotton industries to the modern energy, electronics, computer, aerospace and biomedical industries, Texas has become an economic powerhouse. It's known for its low taxes, diverse population, thriving universities and arts scenes. Exploring the state’s fascinating history, people, myths, culture, and trivia, The Handy Texas Answer Book takes an in-depth look at this fascinating and diverse state with the out-sized personality. Find answers to more than 950 questions, including What is the origin of “Howdy?” Is it true that Texas’s annexation to the United States was never really legal? How did the discovery of Texas oil change the face of American business? How did rodeos originate? 

Learn about the original Indigenous peoples, the Spanish, French, and Mexican colonizations, the independence from Mexico, the ties to the Confederacy and United States, devastating hurricanes, football culture, fast-growing cities and urban sprawl, food, attitude, and much, much more. Tour landmarks from the Alamo and cattle ranches to the Rio Grande and the state capital. Learn about famous sons and daughters, including Lyndon Johnson, Sam Houston, Howard Hughes, Janis Joplin, and Renée Zellweger. Sports, the government, parks, and cultural institutions are all packed into this comprehensive guide to the state of Texas.


James L. Haley is one of Texas’s most distinguished historians. His first book, The Buffalo War, remains the definitive history of the last Indian war on the South Plains and has been in print for forty years. His biography, Sam Houston, won nine different awards, including the Tullis Prize of the Texas State Historical Association, the Spur Award of the Western Writers of America, and the Book Award of the Philosophical Society of Texas. His 650-page compendium of Texas history, Passionate Nation, won the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award of the Texas Historical Commission. Most recently, after ghost writing the memoirs of famous Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson, he completed a history of the Texas Supreme Court for the University of Texas Press; his latest books, The Shores of Tripoli (2016), A Darker Sea (2017), and the upcoming The Devil in Paradise, are in the Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure Series for G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Haley grew up in Fort Worth, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington, and attended the UT School of Law in Austin. He resides in Austin, Texas.

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