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The History of Texas Paperback – March, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0882959665 ISBN-10: 0882959662 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Harlan Davidson; 3 edition (March 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882959662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882959665
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the first edition:

"The authors present a thorough and detailed study of Texas history from earliest contact with civilizations to the present, giving balanced accounts of each era. But equally important they provide an insightful social history, especially in regard to women, blacks, and Mexican Americans. In other words, the authors have produced a college history text of highest caliber." (Southwestern Historical Quarterly, April 1991)

"This is an extremely well researched and well written text. ...The analysis is fair and unbiased, even with the most controversial of modern political issues. And the authors handle race and ethnic issues with sensitivity and fairness." (The Journal of Southern History, November, 1991)

"This work appears destined to become a standard and influential text. Teachers who choose not to adopt it are certain to find themselves lecturing out of it. If this book finds a wider readership than the usual text, there may even be hope that the persisten chauvinism that dominates the popular view of Texas might be shaken." (New Mexico Historical Review, April 1992)

"Calvert and De Leon present a multi-cultural view of Texas History. ...The interpretation of Reconstruction is thoroughly revisionist and should contribute to a better understanding of an era that is probably the most misunderstood and misrepresented in Texas history." (East Texas Historical Association, December, 1990)

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Delirium on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read the book while preparing for my teacher certification exam. My professional training is in History and I have had my share of dry, boring books, but this one literally put me to sleep. I used to read few pages before going to bed, a sure way to cure insomnia.

The textbook is just a collection of facts, dates and names. There is no cause-and-effect line in the book, not even an attempt to draw some conclusions. Instead, it reads like a statistician report. If memorizing the dry numbers is your thing, go for it. For the rest of us, who are trying to actually understand and make some sense out of the past, stay away from this book. You will get your basics in, but it will not make you think or encourage you to seek more information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MediumSquid on July 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
There is absolutely no structure to this book... after trying to read the first chapter twice, I had thoughts about dropping my college course for another professor that used a different book. I ONLY gave it 2 stars because once you make it past the 3rd or 4th chapter, there is some decent information and at times(short times), the was is enjoyable.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doc 1776 on July 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I had a high school history teacher who taught like this book reads. She just wrote facts down on the overhead and had the students copy. No exposition, no narrative. Just bland facts.

Thank God for the history books that read like the great storytellers tell them. Sadly, this isn't one of them. Steer clear of this one.
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By David on February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my college class and I have to read it cover to cover, but it's so boring. I'm half way through and have a 96 in the class, but sweet jesus this is boring and a bit unorganized. Some of the information is even repeated and everything in this book is black, white, and dull. It probably would have been a bit more interesting if at least the pictures had color.
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By K. Martinez on October 11, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this textbook for school, and it seems to be good for just that reason. Not a book one would enjoy reading for the fun of it.
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