The law-enforcement agency known as the Texas Rangers is featured prominently in Wild West folklore, and its accomplishments have been part of many pulp novels and popular television shows. Now those accomplishments are documented in Texas Ranger Biographies: Those Who Served, 1910–1921, a by-product of the authors’ The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910–1920 (2004). The new work is a biographical dictionary covering “all 1,782 Rangers who served along the Texas-Mexico border during the era of the Mexican Revolution.” The authors found that the study of the Texas Rangers can be tediously complex, as records are sketchy at best. Arrangement is alphabetical, with entries usually a paragraph in length. Entries contain brief biographical facts, a physical description, and details about career and immediate family. Many Rangers were related to others involved in law enforcement, whether Rangers or not, and entries often note “enforcement relatives.” There are also several genealogical charts. A few black-and-white photographs are included. This volume should find a place in the permanent history of Texas and the Texas Rangers. --Susan Awe
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The biographies of all 1,782 Texas Rangers who served during the era of the Mexican Revolution are collected in one volume for the first time.