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Lone Star Lawmen: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers Paperback – March 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0425219386 ISBN-10: 0425219380 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425219380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425219386
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert M. Utley, former chief historian of the National Park Service, is a founding member and former president of the Western History Association, and the author of twelve acclaimed books on Western history.

 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pecos 45 on April 11, 2011
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Utley doesn't delve enough into the sorry state of the Rangers in the Rio Grande Valley from 1910-1917. At that time a corrupt band of them killed Mexican-Americans with impunity as part of a land grab that transferred 90 percent of the lands in the Valley from Hispanic to Anglo landowners. All of these transfers were "legal" because they were recorded at the courthouse, but most were done under threat of death by Rangers who supported the Anglo speculators.
This is not to condemn all Rangers. There were plenty of them who were exemplary, but to ignore this part of their history does no one any favors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Hacker on December 8, 2013
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Very good read. Full of information and great pictures.Wonderful stories of the Texas Rangers,some new,some old.A must read for history buffs.
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By Strawgold VINE VOICE on February 20, 2015
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I've always been interested in all things Southwest, with the History Texas Rangers high on the list. Robert Utley takes us through the Ranger story, from the raw beginnings in the first book, "Lone Star Justice" and finishes up with "Lone Star Lawmen," that takes us to present day. I'm glad tradition remains, and that the Rangers made it all the way with us. Mr. Utley is not only a master historian, but a very entertaining story teller. On page 91 begins a tale of such outrageous parameters that one suspects Larry McMurtry used it as the model for his famous "Crow Town" when penning "The Streets of Laredo." It was quite a chapter, that.

That some of the Rangers were as much outlaw as lawman, is, of course to be expected due to the wild and wooly times in which they lived. But emerging from the turmoil, came some men of honor, integrity and perseverance - most of them found their way to the top and the Ranger traditions began to form. Of course, in this book, politics became a major ingredient, because as the West was "won", some of the biggest crooks rose to the top and the games began. It was gratifying to know that for the most part, the Rangers used forbearance in the race mob vigilante justice that tried to prevail, and were seemingly instrumental in keeping the peace against mob violence vs. law and order. That it was so, is a testimonial to the true underlying foundation that supported the idea of the Rangers, and kept them from fading away as politics, lack of funding, etc. swirled around them.

If Southwest history appeals to you, the Texas Ranger story is one that probably belongs on your home library shelves. There are several good books on the subject and Mr. Utley ranks among the best of the historians.

Other books I found to be good:

** "Lone Star Nation" - by H. W. Brands
** "Wearing the Cinco Peso" - by Mike Cox
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DrChiefADS on April 15, 2014
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Awesome summary of their history and traditions. Being a native Texan and former Peace Officer it brings home the foundation of Texas law enforcement.
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By Maria on January 24, 2015
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Very interesting, my husband loved the book.
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