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Galveston: A History of the Island (Chisholm Trail Series) Paperback – August 1, 1998
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Gary Cartwright is one of the most gifted journalists to come out of Texas . . . and Galveston is one of the most resonant places in the mythic state. -- American Way Magazine
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The first problem is particularly evident in the first couple of chapters which are written in a way more suited to a periodical than a book. In these chapters Mr. Cartwright talks of the personality of "present day" Galveston and writes a brief travelogue, complete with restaurant reviews, of his time spent researching this book. He also writes of condos and beach erosion. Now that the book is 22 years old, these observations are no longer relevant, and in some cases, laughably inaccurate.
The other problem is that as a magazine journalist Gary Cartwright values story above historical evidence. I admire that he was never so dishonest that he did not admit when evidence was scarce or non-existent. He also readily acknowledged stories that consisted more of legend and myth than history. However I felt constantly frustrated after reading pages of a cracking yarn that concluded with a sentence or two letting the reader know that the preceding story was probably a fiction or based very loosely in fact. Often, the prose would then move to different subject matter without actually addressing what WAS supported by evidence or fact. After a while, I found myself doubting everything I read, especially if the story seemed particularly interesting.
History is about more than good stories from the past. History is how those stories are known, how accurate those stories are, and how legend differs from evidence. History is in the methodology and gathering of evidence, not just the story telling.
Overall, I was disappointed in Galveston: A History of the Island . It is an entertaining read, but it is light on history and heavy on stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is the best book I have ever read about Galveston Island. When we moved here I wanted to learn more about it's history and the wonderful architecture. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Valerie Collman
Galveston holds such good memories for me; I loved this book which gives not only the history of the island, but the island's social dynamics over time as well and how that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by APR
I enjoyed reading this book on Galveston. Being a newspaper writer, the author writes in a breezy, easy-to-read fashion. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Howard Schulman
I lived in the 50s in Galvesto. The very early history was great to fill in the gaps.I knew the Maceos,the Sheriff,some of the Moodys, Shean
and Bobby even Mary Moody... Read more
I have an in depth understanding of Galveston after reading this book. It is obvious that the author did a tremendous amount of research in preparation for The book.Published 11 months ago by Donald L Barron
If you love history and wish to learn more about Galveston, this book is exceptional. Mr. Cartwright has packed a wealth of information into these pages and keep it very readable... Read morePublished 20 months ago by C. Andrews