Texas Ranger Book
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Texas Ranger


  • Author : James Patterson
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2018-08-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316556682

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Texas Ranger Excerpt :

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller In James Patterson's white-hot Western thriller, a Texas Ranger fights for his life, his freedom, and the town he loves as he investigates his ex-wife's murder. Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far: from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. He arrives in his hometown to find a horrifying crime scene and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act was ending her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates plunges into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered, vowing to never surrender. That code just might bring him out alive.

Tracking the Texas Rangers Book

Tracking the Texas Rangers


  • Author : Bruce A. Glasrud
  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 9781574414653

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Tracking the Texas Rangers Excerpt :

An anthology of sixteen previously published articles and chapter excerpts, arranged in chronological history, covering key topics of the intrepid and sometimes controversial law officers named the Texas Rangers. Determining the role of the Rangers as the state evolved and what they actually accomplished for the benefit of the state is a difficult challenge?the actions of the Rangers fit no easy description. There is a dark side to the story of the Rangers; during the war with Mexico, for example, some murdered, pillaged, and raped. Yet these same Rangers eased the resultant United States victory. Even their beginning and the first use of the term ?Texas Ranger? have mixed and complex origins. Tracking the Texas Rangers covers topics such as their early years, the great Comanche Raid of 1840, and the effective use of Colt revolvers. Article authors discuss Los Diablos Tejanos, Rip Ford, the Cortina War, the use of Hispanic Rangers and Rangers in labor disputes, and the recapture of Cynthia Ann Parker and the capture of John Wesley Hardin. The selections cover critical aspects of those experiences?organization, leadership, cultural implications, rural and urban life, and violence. In their introduction, editors Bruce A. Glasrud and Harold J. Weiss, Jr., discuss various themes and controversies surrounding the 19th-century Rangers and their treatment by historians over the years. They also have added annotations to the essays to explain where new research has shed additional light on an event to update or correct the original article text.--Amazon.com.

The Texas Rangers Book

The Texas Rangers


  • Author : Walter Prescott Webb
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 1965
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 9780292781108

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The Texas Rangers Excerpt :

The Texas Rangers presents one of the most picturesque phases of Texas history, capturing the spirit of a fabled institution.

Cult of Glory Book

Cult of Glory


  • Author : Doug J. Swanson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-06-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101979884

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“Swanson has done a crucial public service by exposing the barbarous side of the Rangers.” —The New York Times Book Review A twenty-first century reckoning with the legendary Texas Rangers that does justice to their heroic moments while also documenting atrocities, brutality, oppression, and corruption The Texas Rangers came to life in 1823, when Texas was still part of Mexico. Nearly 200 years later, the Rangers are still going--one of the most famous of all law enforcement agencies. In Cult of Glory, Doug J. Swanson has written a sweeping account of the Rangers that chronicles their epic, daring escapades while showing how the white and propertied power structures of Texas used them as enforcers, protectors and officially sanctioned killers. Cult of Glory begins with the Rangers' emergence as conquerors of the wild and violent Texas frontier. They fought the fierce Comanches, chased outlaws, and served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War. As Texas developed, the Rangers were called upon to catch rustlers, tame oil boomtowns, and patrol the perilous Texas-Mexico border. In the 1930s they began their transformation into a professionally trained police force. Countless movies, television shows, and pulp novels have celebrated the Rangers as Wild West supermen. In many cases, they deserve their plaudits. But often the truth has been obliterated. Swanson demonstrates how the Rangers and their supporters have operated a propaganda machine that turned agency disasters and misdeeds into fables of triumph, transformed murderous rampages--including the killing of scores of Mexican civilians--into valorous feats, and elevated scoundrels to sainthood. Cult of Glory sets the record straight. Beginning with the Texas Indian wars, Cult of Glory embraces the great, majestic arc of Lone Star history. It tells of border battles, range disputes, gunslingers, massacres, slavery, political intrigue, race riots, labor strife, and the dangerous lure of celebrity. And it reveal

The Texas Rangers Book

The Texas Rangers


  • Author : Darren L. Ivey
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2015-02-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN 10 : 0786456396

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The Texas Rangers Excerpt :

 The Texas Ranger law enforcement agency features so prominently in Texan and Wild West folklore that its accomplishments have been featured in everything from pulp novels to popular television. After a brief overview of the Texas Rangers’ formation, this book provides an exhaustive account of every known Ranger unit from 1823 to the present. Each chapter provides a brief contextual explanation of the time period covered and features entries on each unit’s commanders, periods of service, activities, and supervising authorities. Appendices include an account of the Rangers’ battle record, a history of the illustrious badge, documents relating to the Rangers, and lists of Rangers who have died in service, been inducted into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, or received the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Medal of Valor.

Three Texas Rangers Book

Three Texas Rangers


  • Author : Karl Thomson
  • Publisher : Page Publishing Inc
  • Release Date : 2021-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781647017514

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Three Texas Rangers Excerpt :

While this book is fiction, most of the action is based in reality and life in early Texas. While much of this book seems beyond our ability to believe today, life then was more than most of our made-up superheroes today. This book takes us from the early days of Texas through its fight for independence and the Mexican-American War to the seemingly impossible start of a new nation that reached the Gulf of Mexico into what is now Wyoming. As a nation, Texas covered a part of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and of course, Texas. During much of that time, a modern-day school bus would have held all the lawmen in the nation of Texas. These early years are full of excitement, heartbreak, hopes, dreams, love, fighting, and death.

Texas Ranger Captain William L  Wright Book

Texas Ranger Captain William L Wright


  • Author : Richard McCaslin
  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781574418552

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Texas Ranger Captain William L Wright Excerpt :

William L. Wright (1868-1942) was born to be a Texas Ranger, and hard work made him a great one. Wright tried working as a cowboy and farmer, but it did not suit him. Instead, he became a deputy sheriff and then a Ranger in 1899, battling a mob in the Laredo Smallpox Riot, policing both sides in the Reese-Townsend Feud, and winning a gunfight at Cotulla. His need for a better salary led him to leave the Rangers and become a sheriff. He stayed in that office longer than any of his predecessors in Wilson County, keeping the peace during the so-called Bandit Wars, investigating numerous violent crimes, and surviving being stabbed on the gallows by the man he was hanging. When demands for Ranger reform peaked, he was appointed as a captain and served for most of the next twenty years, retiring in 1939 after commanding dozens of Rangers. Wright emerged unscathed from the Canales investigation, enforced Prohibition in South Texas, and policed oil towns in West Texas, as well as tackling many other legal problems. When he retired, he was the only Ranger in service who had worked under seven governors. Wright has also been honored as an inductee into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame at Waco.

The Texas Rangers in Transition Book

The Texas Rangers in Transition


  • Author : Charles H. Harris
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Release Date : 2019-04-25
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN 10 : 9780806163642

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The Texas Rangers in Transition Excerpt :

Official Texas Ranger Bicentennial™ Publication Newly rich in oil money, and all the trouble it could buy, Texas in the years following World War I underwent momentous changes—and those changes propelled the transformation of the state’s storied Rangers. Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler explore this important but relatively neglected period in the Texas Rangers’ history in this book, a sequel to their award-winning The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910–1920. In a Texas awash in booze and oil in the Prohibition years, the Rangers found themselves riding herd on gamblers and bootleggers, but also tasked with everything from catching murderers to preventing circus performances on Sunday. The Texas Rangers in Transition takes up the Rangers’ story at a time of political turmoil, as the largely rural state was rapidly becoming urban. At the same time, law enforcement was facing an epidemic of bank robberies, an increase in organized crime, the growth of the Ku Klux Klan, Prohibition enforcement—new challenges that the Rangers met by transitioning from gunfighters to criminal investigators. Steeped in tradition, reluctant to change, the agency was reduced to its nadir in the depths of the Depression, the victim of slashed appropriations, an antagonistic governor, and mediocre personnel. Harris and Sadler document the further and final change that followed when, in 1935, the Texas Rangers were moved from the governor’s control to the newly created Department of Public Safety. This proved a watershed in the Rangers’ history, marking their transformation into a modern law enforcement agency, the elite investigative force that they remain to this day.

Pidge  Texas Ranger Book

Pidge Texas Ranger


  • Author : Chuck Parsons
  • Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-03-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603449977

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Pidge Texas Ranger Excerpt :

Thomas C. (Pidge) Robinson came to Texas from Virginia at the age of 27, fleeing a feud with a neighbor who opposed Robinson’s amorous intentions toward the neighbor’s sister. He joined the Texas Rangers in 1874, serving with legendary Capt. Leander H. McNelly’s Washington County Volunteer Militia Company A. He earned the rank of first lieutenant in this Texas Ranger company. Two years later he returned to Virginia to avenge his honor and claim the woman he loved. A learned and witty writer who sent back letters, poems, and reports for publication in Austin newspapers, Pidge also wrote most of Captain McNelly’s reports. From the newspaper submissions, backed by extensive research to document details and explain allusions, western writer Chuck Parsons has fashioned an annotated compendium of primary materials that give insight into not only the life and actions of the famous Texas Rangers but also the popular culture of post–Civil War Texas. Robinson rode with McNelly as the Rangers subdued the clashes between the Suttons and the Taylors in DeWitt County. He served on the Rio Grande frontier in actions against Juan Cortina, including the famous battle on Palo Alto Prairie. He was with a party of Rangers who invaded Mexico to recover cattle stolen from Texas ranchers. Pidge’s lively, literate, and often humorous letters give first-person accounts of these and other actions that provide a unique picture of Ranger service in the field. This Texas A&M University Press edition, incorporating newly discovered materials, also features rare period photographs, illustrations, and other helpful maps and images.

Six Years With the Texas Rangers Book

Six Years With the Texas Rangers


  • Author : James B. Gillett
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Release Date : 2022-01-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 177
  • ISBN 10 : EAN:4066338113528

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Six Years With the Texas Rangers Excerpt :

Six years with the Texas Rangers is a memoir of James B. Gillett, a lawman of the Old West, mostly well known due to his service as a Texas Ranger, and as a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. The author brings many authentic, exciting stories from his career including famous capture of the Baca brothers and battles with Apaches.

John B  Armstrong  Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman Book

John B Armstrong Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman


  • Author : Chuck Parsons
  • Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Crime
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603444965

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John B Armstrong Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman Excerpt :

As Elmer Kelton notes in his afterword to this book, "Chuck Parsons' biography is a long-delayed and much-justified tribute to Armstrong's service to Texas." Parsons fills in the missing details of a Ranger and rancher's life, correcting some common misconceptions and adding to the record of a legendary group of lawmen and pioneers.

Texas Rangers  Ranchers  and Realtors Book

Texas Rangers Ranchers and Realtors


  • Author : Thomas O. McDonald
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Release Date : 2021-03-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9780806169941

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Texas Rangers Ranchers and Realtors Excerpt :

A native Georgian, James Hughes Callahan (1812–1856) migrated to Texas to serve in the Texas Revolution in exchange for land. In Seguin, Texas, where he settled, he met and married a divorcée, Sarah Medissa Day (1822–1856). The lives of these two Texas pioneers and their extended family would become so entwined in the events and experiences of the nascent nation and state that their story represents a social history of nineteenth-century Texas. From his arrival as a sergeant with the Georgia Battalion, through the ill-fated 1855 expedition that bears his name, to his shooting death in a feud with a neighbor, Callahan was a soldier, a Texas Ranger, a rancher, and a land developer, at every turn making his mark on the evolving Guadalupe River Basin. Separately, Sarah’s family’s journey reflected the experience of many immigrants to Texas after its war of independence. Thomas O. McDonald traces the pair’s respective paths to their meeting, then follows as, together, they contend with conflict, troublesome social mores, the emergence of new industries, and the taming of the land, along the way helping to shape the Texas culture we know today. With a sharp eye for character and detail, and with a wealth of material at his command, author Thomas O. McDonald tells a story as crackling with life as it is steeped in scholarly research. In these pages the lives of the Callahan and Day families become a canvas on which the history of Texas—from revolution, frontier defense, and Indian wars to Anglo settlement and emerging legal and social systems—dramatically, inexorably unfolds.

The Odyssey of Texas Ranger James Callahan Book

The Odyssey of Texas Ranger James Callahan


  • Author : Joseph Luther
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-04-17
  • Genre: Photography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439660362

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The Odyssey of Texas Ranger James Callahan Excerpt :

James Callahan entered Texas armed, a quixotic young man enlisted in the Georgia Battalion for the cause of independence. He barely survived the 1836 Battle of Refugio and the Goliad Massacre. Undaunted by the perils of his adopted home, he remained in the line of fire for the next twenty-one years, fighting to protect Texas settlers from Apaches, Comanches, Seminoles, Kickapoos, outlaws, mavericks and the Mexican army. As a Texas Ranger, he rode with the legendary men of Seguin and San Antonio. In 1855, he commanded the punitive expedition into Mexico that bears his name, a fiasco that has been shrouded by mystery and shadowed by controversy ever since. In this first-ever biography, Joseph Luther traces the tragic course of the wayfarer who crossed so much of the Texas frontier and created so much of its story.

Mixed Blessing  The Role Of The Texas Rangers In The Mexican War  1846 1848 Book

Mixed Blessing The Role Of The Texas Rangers In The Mexican War 1846 1848


  • Author : Major Ian B. Lyles
  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-11-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 94
  • ISBN 10 : 9781782899532

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Mixed Blessing The Role Of The Texas Rangers In The Mexican War 1846 1848 Excerpt :

The Texas Rangers assumed many roles during the Mexican War (1846-1848), fighting in both the northern and central theaters. Along with frontier knowledge and combat experience, they also brought prejudices and they earned a reputation for ill-discipline. Thus, the central research question is whether the Texas Rangers contributed to the success of conventional army forces or did they materially hinder Generals Taylor and Scott more than they helped? Analysis begins by discussing the Mexican War, the Texas Rangers, and the concept of Compound Warfare (CW) (conventional and unconventional forces employed simultaneously to gain a synergistic advantage). CW theory is used to evaluate the Rangers’ contributions. Ranger actions in support of Taylor’s first battles and his movement to and conquest of Monterey, followed by the Battle of Buena Vista are described and evaluated. The Rangers’ counter-guerilla operations in both theaters are evaluated next. The conclusion is that the Texas Rangers did contribute positively overall to the success of American commanders throughout the war despite some problems and atrocities. The final chapter also discusses the work’s current relevance and suggests way for today’s commanders to avoid problems when integrating irregular forces from differing cultures into the laws of war.