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Steve Harrigan

Written in fast-paced prose, rich with personal observation and a passionate sense of place, Stephen Harrigan's BIG WONDERFUL THING calls to mind Shelby Foote writing about the Civil War. Like those volumes. this is a big book on a big subject, a book that dares to tell the whole glorious, gruesome, sprawling story of Texas.

“I couldn’t believe Texas was real,” the painter Georgia O’Keeffe remembered of her first visit. For her it was “the same big wonderful thing that oceans and the highest mountains are.” 

BIG WONDERFUL THING: A HISTORY OF TEXAS invites us to walk in the footsteps of ancient as well as modern people along the path of Texas’s evolution. Blending action and atmosphere with impeccable research, the Texas Monthly writer and New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan brings to life with novelistic immediacy the generations of driven men and women who shaped Texas: Spanish explorers, American filibusters, Comanche warriors, wildcatters, Tejano activists, and spellbinding artists ... all taking part in the creation of a place that became not just a nation, not just a state, but an indelible idea. 

The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph, drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and of the myriad peoples who, over centuries, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world.

Stephen Harrigan has devoted much of his life to exploring and explaining Texas, ever since his family crossed the Red River from Oklahoma in 1953. He is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and fiction, including the acclaimed novels A Friend of Mr. Lincoln, Remember Ben Clayton, and The New York Times best seller The Gates of the Alamo. He is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly and an award-winning screenwriter who has written many movies for television.

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ISBN: 9780292759510
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2019