Lone Star Lawmen : The Second Century of the Texas Rangers: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Jan 30, 2007 - True Crime - 416 pages
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Hailed as "a rip-snortin', six-guns-blazin' saga of good guys and bad guys who were sometimes one and the same," Robert M. Utley's Lone Star Justice captured the colorful first century of Texas Ranger history. Now, in the eagerly anticipated conclusion, Lone Star Lawmen, Utley once again chronicles the daring exploits of the Rangers, this time as they bring justice to the twentieth-century West. Based on unprecedented access to Ranger archives, this fast-paced narrative stretches from the days of the Mexican Revolution (where atrocities against Mexican Americans marked the nadir of Ranger history) to the Branch Davidian saga near Waco and the recent bloody standoff with "Republic of Texas" militia. Readers will find in these pages one hundred years of high adventure. Utley follows the Rangers as they pursue bank robbers, bootleggers, moonshiners, and "horsebackers" (smugglers who used mule trains to bring liquor across the border). We see these fearless lawmen taming oil boomtowns, springing the ambush of Bonnie and Clyde, facing down angry lynch mobs, and tracking the "Phantom Killer" of Texarkana. Utley also highlights the gradual evolution of this celebrated force, revealing that while West Texas Rangers still occasionally ride the range on horseback and crack down on smugglers and rustlers, East Texas Rangers--who work mostly in big cities--now ride in high-powered cars and contend with kidnappers, forgers, and other urban criminals. But East or West, today's Rangers have become sophisticated professionals, backed by crime labs and forensic science. Written by one of the most respected Western historians alive, here is the definitive account of the Texas Rangers, a vivid portrait of these legendary peace officers and their role in a changing West.
  

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User Review  - tygermoonfoxx - LibraryThing

Utley's careful scholarship, so evident in the earlier volume, is absent here. The book reads like a vintage gossip tabloid combined with revisionist history. Apologetic in tone, the majority of the ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 The Border 19101915
8
2 The Bandit War 1915
26
3 The Big Bend 19131919
48
4 Austin 19181919
68
5 Pat Neffs Battles of Peace 19211925
85
6 Ma and Pa Ferguson 19251927
109
7 Dan Moody 19271931
119
13 Gambling and Other Distractions
216
14 Latino Uprising
235
15 Change 19651985
254
16 Highs and Lows 1970s
265
17 Highs and Lows 1980s
282
18 Highs and Lows 1990s
303
19 A SummingUp
329
Abbreviations
342

8 Ross and Bill Sterling 19311933
142
9 Return of the Fergusons 19331935
152
10 The Department of Public Safety 1935
166
11 DPS Birth Pangs 19351938
179
12 Homer Garrison 19381968
192
Notes
344
Sources
381
Index
391
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