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In this follow-up to Lone Star Justice, Utley tells how the Texas Rangers entered the 20th century as an effective if idiosyncratic law enforcement outfit and entered the 21st century as the investigative arm of the Texas Department of Public Safety. In a dry style, Utley describes the Rangers' various commanders, troopers and exploits. Through the first third of the 20th century, the Rangers operated in an extralegal fashion—their existence was at the whim of whoever occupied the governor's mansion in Austin. It wasn't until 1935 that the Rangers were made official and brought into the newly formed DPS. Utley is far too enamored of the Rangers for his book's good. While his precise if plodding prose doesn't hype the Rangers' exploits, and he acknowledges a "dark period" early in the 20th century when weak leaders failed to control their men, he treads so lightly on so many issues—prisoner treatment (brutal), racial integration (belated) and especially gender equality (a glaring problem Utley chalks up to "the lack of female applicants")—that it is hard to see this as the definitive account it aspires to be. 30 b&w illus. (Mar.)
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"Perhaps the most common question arising after the publication of Robert Utley's Lone Star Justice in 2002 was whether the promised second volume would match the first for compelling stories of lone Rangers battling Indians and outlaws on the Texas frontier...The answer, happily, is that Mr. Utley has risen to the occasion...this well-researched study adds enormously to Texas history and offers a reasonably objective treatment of one of the most unique and controversial organizations Texas ever produced."--Dallas Morning News


"What's most astounding is his singular ability to blend deep research with a mind-boggling grasp of secondary source materials. Then, like an alchemist, he uses his gift for old-fashioned storytelling to write beautifully rendered narratives... Honest, pragmatic and usually right, Utley's action-packed newest effort, 'Lone Star: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers,'belongs on all readers' Western Americana bookshelves, next to the best efforts of Webb, Dobie and Prescott."--Austin American-Statesman


"In this follow-up to Lone Star Justice, Utley tells how the Texas Rangers entered the 20th century as an effective if idiosyncratic law enforcement outfit and entered the 21st century as the investigative arm of the Texas Department of Public Safety. In a dry style, Utley describes the Rangers various commanders, troopers and exploits."--Publishers Weekly


"In Lone Star Lawmen our pre-eminent historian of the American West has presented a thorough and vividly written assessment of this great, often controversial, assemblage of Texas lawmen."--Roundup Magazine


"This book is a winner. Robert Utley's Lone Star Justice and Lone Star Lawmen are the best books ever written about the Texas Rangers. His brilliant account makes the story of the Rangers central to an understanding of Texas history, and his talent for vivid storytelling enthralls us to the very end."--Howard R. Lamar, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University


"Utley rounds out his history of the Texas Rangers with a brisk account of their high points and their lows, their heroes and their villains, during the Twentieth Century. Exploring both the darkness and the sunshine, his well-rounded book is certain to create controversy among both supporters and detractors of the Rangers."--Elmer Kelton, author of Texas Vendetta and The Buckskin Line


"No one has done more to illuminate the real American Western experience and separate it from fictionalizing and folklore than Robert Utley. Lone Star Lawmen completes his landmark history of the Texas Rangers, from the last days of the outlaws to the modern challenges of patrolling an international border. Throughout Utley is cogent, authoritative, and unfailingly interesting, a Lone Star Historian at his best."--William C. Davis, author of Three Roads to the Alamo


"Lively with stories of crime and punishment, victory and disappointment. It is sure to be controversial...naming names and claling them as he sees them: the good, the bad, the modest, the flamboyant, and the incompetent."--Montana: The Magazine of Western History


--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David A. Clary on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Robert M. Utley follows his masterful account of the first century of the Texas Rangers, Lone Star Justice, with another tour de force, bringing the story up to date. Brilliantly written and meticulously documented, as always with this celebrated historian of the West, this book traces the transformation of a frontier peace force at the beginning of the 20th century to today's internationally recognized investigative and law-enforcement force, a small band of efficient professionals whose frontier history will always hang over them. Casting off frontier ways was not always easy, politically or professionally, as Utley clearly explains. He is not afraid to deal with the controversial aspects of his subject's history, in particular repeated charges of racism and high-handed brutality. This is no love poem to this sometimes controversial organization, as Utley takes on the negative as well as the positive, with judiciouos balance. On the whole, his judgment of the Rangers, for all the regrettable elements of their past, is favorable, and he concludes that the organization has not so much overcome its history as learned from it. A welcome corrective to the romanticizing that usually characterizes stories about the Rangers. Recommended to anyone interested in the history of Texas, the West, and law enforcement. Given that issues involving the US border with Mexico are in the forefront lately, this book provides informative background.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pecos 45 on April 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beverly S. on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An accurate accounting of the modern-day Texas Rangers. A must read for the Texas Ranger enthusiast and those interested in the history of law enforcement in Texas. I loved the section about "Garrison's Rangers". A real good read!! I highly recommend.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jerry L. Rogers on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a proud native Texan I have relished the mythology of the Texas Rangers as much as anyone else. But after a century and three quarters of a steady diet of stories of larger-than-life Rangers who could do no wrong it is past time that we begin to understand these lawmen as the real men they were. Some of what they did was extraordinarily good and some extraordinarily bad. Robert Utley, who has never yet stepped back from pushing fact in the face of popular mythology, has helped us know the genuine background of Texas as few others have done.
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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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The richness of Texas history can be told with such intrigue. One year you think the organization of Texas Rangers is useful; the next year they should be terminated. The political whipping boy is so subject to control and easily destroyed it makes one reflect on how thin intregity is. If you can stand to see this fragile process read this book. If you want to live with legend find another book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norm@Jackson on January 3, 2014
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This is a great book that chronicles the evolution of the Texas Rangers from the end of the frontier days to modern times. The descriptions of the personalities, both positive and negative, that guided the Rangers through the 20th Century gives a perspective that I have not found in other historical works. Read this before reading any other work on, or by, modern Texas Rangers.
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