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"Texas" Revisited: Michener's Warning

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However, if someone who picks up a used copy of the Random House hardback edition for a buck at the Venice branch of the Los Angeles Public Library starts to read this entertaining and informative book just for pleasure, it will quickly become apparent that it will be necessary to start marking off the appropriate passages for use in a review of the book seeking to prove that proves the contention made in the preceding paragraph. What seemed to be a pleasant read is going to require that it be done while wearing the "book reviewer's hat" because there's going to be a massive amount of good quotes and salient points to mark off and then sort through when the time comes to write it up.

The fact that when Texas became a state, it reserved the right to secede and become an independent nation might be of interest in the first stages of the post (George W.) Bush era, and the footnote that it also has the right to break itself up into five separate states might be of interest to Obama era political pundits who keep close score on the political balance in the U. S. Senate, might also be worth extended comment, but that has nothing to do with the psychology of the former president, but where is the juicy stuff that will remind the good Bushies of what made their man special?

Michener weaves the saga of several different families from separate periods of Texas history into one marvelous narrative thread and when he get into the story of the Todd Morrison and his family who moved to Texas from Detroit, he includes a vignrette about the daughter, Beth, learning about Texas' history, such as the fact that Mentone, a city of 41, is the seat for the county of Loving (pop. 163) and the lack of equal emphasis on world geography and history, it may remind some readers of a time when Yankee journalists couldn't grasp the basics of management and understand that a president would have PhD level advisors to tell him all he might need to know about foreign countries, such as one he might be invading soon.

Yeah, it might be an interesting coincidence immediately after Sara Palin resigned as the governor of Alaska to note that one of Texas' greatest heroes, Sam Houston, at different times in his life, resigned as governor of two different states, but that has nothing to do with figuring out what made "Dubya" tick.

Folks in the L. A. area, who are closer to the movie industry than the oil drilling business, might enjoy the book a great deal because it contains (in a subliminal mode) pitches for some stories that have a high movie potential such as the life of Panther Lomax, Otto Macnab, his grandson Oscar Macnab, and/or Loan Wolf Gonaullas. Film buffs will be quick to jump to the conclusion that the story of Emma Larkin was filmed and is rated as one of John Wayne's best.

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