More Basic Texas Books

More Basic Texas Books


“In previous guides to books on Texas, J. Frank Dobie furnished us a guide to ‘good reading’ (Life and Literature of the Southwest) and John Jenkins generated a ‘guide for a good research library’ (Basic Texas Books). Mike has managed to concoct a blend of both that would make his predecessors proud. Dobie and Jenkins gave us the flesh and bones of Texas in their able-bodied guides to the best books on Texas. Now comes Mike Cox with books that are the blood to animate those flesh and bones, bring some color to the cheek, with a strong steady pulse that courses through every page.”

–Kevin Mac Donnell, Mac Donnell Rare Books
Austin, Texas

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About the Author

Mike Cox writes books, reads books, reviews books and sells books.

He is the author of 20 non-fiction books including a two-volume history of the Texas Rangers, three collections of vintage photographs, a study of Texas disasters, three other books on the Texas Rangers, one collection of historical stories, one true crime story, a biography, a memoir and two local histories, as well as numerous magazine articles, essays and introductions for other books. He has been an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters since 1993.

Mike’s most-recognized work is his two-volume history of the legendary Texas Rangers, “The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900” (Forge Books, 496 pages, $25.99.) and “The Time of the Rangers: The Texas Rangers, 1900 to Present,” was published by Forge Books in New York in 2009. Both books have received favorable reviews and are best-sellers in the Texas, Old West and West categories.

“Mike Cox has written a fine annotated Texas reference that will long stand … as one of the primary sources for discovering the best in Texas Writing.”

–Tom Munnerlyn, Bookseller
Austin, Texas

Introduction by Texas historian Al Lowman. With 126 book entries plus essays ‘Silly or Scarce: A Few Basic Texas Boo-Boos’ and ‘Future Basic Texas Books.’ Extensive index. 85 pp. Cover illustration by Wayne Baize.

Published by the Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library (Midland, 2001), which was founded by historian, author and cowman J. Evetts Haley (1901-1995) so the people of Texas might have a better understanding of Texas history. Limited first printing of 500 copies.

Weight 0.88125 lbs
Dimensions 6.25 × 9.25 × 1 in
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