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“A series of brightly written biographies of an extraordinary gallery of pioneering women, many of whom are unknown even to the most history-minded of Texans. …The lesser-known shapers of Texas are presented in as full and interesting detail as the more celebrated.” (Dale L. Walker, Dallas News)

“Former U.S. Senator Hutchison was the first woman to represent Texas in the Senate, and she’sadmirably devoted her authorial career to writing women back into the historical record.” (Publishers Weekly)

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From New York Times bestselling author and groundbreaking politician Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison comes a history of the extraordinary women who shaped the state of Texas.

The only woman ever to represent Texas in the United States Senate, Kay Bailey Hutchison has been a trailblazer in the Lone Star State. Nevertheless, Hutchison is just one of many women who, for two hundred years, have embodied what we've come to recognize as the spirit of Texas—rugged independence, fierce loyalty, and an unflappable entrepreneurial streak. In Unflinching Courage, Senator Hutchison tells the dynamic history of her home state through the lives of some of these pioneering women and their remarkable achievements.

Among the brave souls Senator Hutchison profiles are Jane Wilkinson Long, "the Mother of Texas," and others who claimed a stake in the land when it struggled under Spanish and Mexican rule; Dilue Rose Harris, whose memoir of the Runaway Scrape exhibits the strength so many women were forced to call upon as the Texas Revolution drew able-bodied husbands, sons, and brothers to the battlefield; Margaret Houston and Emily Austin Bryan Perry, who stood behind the great leaders of a burgeoning republic and helped usher in a new era of statehood; Henrietta King, Molly Goodnight, Sarah Cockrell, and Oveta Culp Hobby, ranchers and entrepreneurs who have helped Texas thrive; and numerous others who valiantly held their ground in the face of raids and unimaginable violence. In Unflinching Courage, Senator Hutchison pays tribute to these extraordinary Texan women whose lives inspire us today and will continue to do so for generations to come.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062130692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062130693
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book about the early days of Texas. The characters are brought to life and you could feel the hardships and the joys everyone experienced. I learned things I did not know. This book is very easy to read. If you enjoy history and even if you don't this book will not disappoint.
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This book was chosen by my book club for review. I tried my best to read it, but I couldn't make it even half way through. I found it quite boring, in need of much editing, and very hard to keep track of characters. I suppose I should have kept a list. Even our reviewer apologized for choosing the book. She found it difficult to read also.
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After seeing Kay Hutchinson talk about her book on TV I was happy to be able to find a copy at Amazon. I bought it used and it was in really good condition when I received it a few days later. It's a very good read.
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So much history missed in school about pioneering, high spirited, clever and determined women. These courageous early settlers of Texas are our great-grandmothers, great aunts, family of our neighbors and friends. Women to study as role models for today and future generations. I recommend expanding our Texas history textbooks to include these women who stood tall, meeting every challenge in the fields and battlegrounds, as captives, fighting to build our great state. I couldn't put the book down!
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Excellent history about the women that helped Texas become what it is today. Makes you appreciate the "luxuries" we have!
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Very well written. Very informative. I love history and Texas history even more. This book gave a look into Texas history I had not seen. It was fun getting the family histories of our founders. Many of the names I have heard over the years fell into place. The names of counties, streets, cities came from so many of these people. GOOD READ
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I would recommend this book to anyone with a curiosity about the early days in Texas. Its women were its backbone.
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Anyone happening to catch her on THE DAILY SHOW on 5-2-2013 may have noticed how she danced around uncomfortable topics, particularly in reference to Jane Long. Specifically, she referreed to Long's heroic (ha!) stand on Galveston, waiting for her captured husband. Long gave birth to a child all alone with "only the aid of a helper."

Helper? What a particularly DELIGHTFUL Southern way to refer to a SLAVE named Kian. Jane Long herself was a self-promoting liar who continually claimed that she was the first person to give birth to a white child in texas, although the Texas State Historical Society itself demonstrates the falseness of the claim.

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Yes, we should learn about and celebrate great women in our past. One way to do so would be to NOT read this drivel by a NOT great woman. Congratulations, Kay. You are to women's history what a stewardess is to the women's movement. Why do we allow politicians to write books?
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