Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers

Lone Star Justice The First Century of the Texas Rangers A splendid indeed brilliant new work by an outstanding historian of the American West Howard Lamar author of The New Encyclopedia of the American West Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale

  • Title: Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers
  • Author: Robert M. Utley
  • ISBN: 9780425190128
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • A splendid, indeed brilliant new work by an outstanding historian of the American West Howard Lamar, author of The New Encyclopedia of the American West, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University A thorough joba fine book Larry McMurtry

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    1. Robert Marshall Utley is an author and historian who has written sixteen books on the history of the American West He was a former chief historian of the National Park Service Fellow historians commend Utley as the finest historian of the American frontier in the 19th century.The Western History Association annually gives out the Robert M Utley Book Award for the best book published on the military history of the frontier and western North America including Mexico and Canada from prehistory through the 20th century.Utley lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife Melody Webb, also a historian.

    2. Started reading last week. Initially, it was difficult to put down! Excellent. Informative. Helps to quench the thirst for Ranger history.Finally finished this book! It was a slow slog.

    3. In Lone Star Justice, Utley discusses the first century of the iconic Texas lawmen, the Texas Rangers. Tracing their history as a civilian force drawn together to protect settlers against Indian and Mexican raids, Utley takes the reader through legislation and historical documents as he examines the myth, legend, and fact surrounding the Rangers founding and their growth into the law enforcement agency known today. The history of the Rangers is interwoven with the unique history of Texas itself [...]

    4. Library books to head of the line!I grew up on westerns and the Texas Rangers were a standard (there was even a TV series from 1955 to 1959, though it was a sort of non-typical format). This book while not the best out there isn't bad.We start with the Texas revolution and the Texas Ranging Company(s) conceived by Stephen Austin and follow the history of the Rangers through the years. The character of the Rangers changed over the years. From citizen soldiers often in temporary service on to the [...]

    5. Like all frontiers, Texas, from its earliest days, attracted its share of "adventurers, speculators, scoundrels, thieves, and refugees from debt, the sheriff, or a shrewish wife." But what made it unique among American frontiers was the raiding horse-Indian tribes who swept down out of the Panhandle and New Mexico (and, even after Annexation, seemed unable to understand that "Texans" and "Americans" were one and the same) and the Mexican raiders--some with official sanction, others merely civili [...]

    6. Books about the history of the American West, in the opinion of book buyers, do not rank with books about the history of the American Revolution, the American Civil War, or World War II. But there is no lack of adventure, excitement, or colorful characters in the history of the American West, and there is no better chronicler of that history than Robert M. Utley.In "Lone Star Justice," Utley captured all the passion and drama that was the early years of the Texas Rangers. Beginning as a rag-tag [...]

    7. This is an excellent history of the Texas Rangers and how they evolved into the responsibilities of protecting citizens of Texas first as a Republic and then as a state. What provided the Rangers their success when others had failed was the adoption of the Colt six shooter as their gun of choice. Mexicans, indians, and the malcontents they faced had nothing in their arsenal to match this weapon.The story is not all favorable. Racism was rampant as well as their being used to fight the formation [...]

    8. A history of the Texas Rangers tracing how they evolved from a militia fighting border wars with the Indians and Mexicans, to becoming a law enforcing unit which they are better known for. An honest account which shows up the best in the Ranger tradition, but does not shy away from their worst defeats and rogues who shamed the Ranger name. The second half of the book tracing the Ranger exploits as they tracked outlaws and engaged in shootouts was a particularly exciting read. Recommended if you [...]

    9. Utley analyizes the history of the Texas Rangers from the days of Mexican colonial Texas through the beginning of the 20th century. He traces the metamorphis from local Indian fighters to a stae wide law enforcement agency. Both good and bad are presented, although he protrays the Democratic party as heroic saints. Thie work is not a rah-rah fluff piece.

    10. Great history of the Rangers in the old west. I thought the book well written and flowed well with a good selection of photographs. I've been reading a decent amount of Texas Ranger history this summer and except for The biography One Ranger, this has been my favorite so far.

    11. Very fun and easy read of Texas Rangers. One thing to remember when they talk about Mexican bandits, most of the time it is Mexican ranchers getting back "Nana's cattle". But it shows the formation of a squad of justice that eventually formed the calvary used by guys like JEB Stewart.

    12. What's the difference between legendary Texas Rangers and reality? This book is setting the story straight. I won't be looking at the "Lone Ranger" the same way anymore :-)

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