“This is an excellent,although very scary, book about the way in which political agendas in Texas somehow wind up impacting the entire country. An eye-opener!”June O wrote this review Monday, December 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A blast, rightly so, at the Lone Star State. Well documented. ”Shawn S. Sullivan wrote this review Saturday, October 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a marvelous tongue-and-cheek parody of the foibles of prominent Texans going back to the Alamo and continuing to Governor Perry's meltdown in the presidential primaries of 2012. The book is replete with humorous zingers about the follies of Texas, but has a serious message that the state has an unfortunate tendency to export its misguided and failed policies and culture to much of the rest of the country. Lyndon Johnson, the Vietnam war aside, is the one of the few Texas leader to bring a progressive agenda to Washington.”Marvin S wrote this review Sunday, September 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting look at how discussions made in Texas effect the remainder of the country. From text books to 'No Child Left Behind' to how TX uses the rest of the country for the experienced workers they need while shorting their own education & producing the second lowest percentage of high school graduates. ”Celtic_Witch wrote this review Friday, August 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was attracted to this particular book when Gail Collins, the author, made an appearance talking about it on MSNBC news cable shows. She spoke of the disaster of Texas education system and the so-called "No Child Left Behind."
This book not only fully discussed Texas education systems, but their (the state's) attitude on a whole litany of current issues that affect the political and social lives of each of us daily. It covered, weather, food, education, sex-ed, jobs, banking, scandals, wins and losses.
Texas is a big state but seems to have a narrow viewpoint. Also, it seems to be stuck, according to this book, back in the days of the 40's-50's.
This was an important book as I had never truly realized the influence this state has upon the entire United States of America, and it isn't necessarily a good influence.
Many kind and nice people live there, but, the Texan government is not listening to them either. Good solid read and woke me up on many issues that I've been confounded by recently listening to the GOP.
If you like political non-fiction, this is a good choice to read. Many facts and data is given. Large bibliography, notes, etc.”
“Another book that is not worth reviewing on amazon because I'll just get downvoted for political reasons.
I already carried a lot of resentment toward Texas before picking up this book because (i) of its influence on our nation's public school textbooks, effectively dumbing them down, and (ii) they gave us George W. Bush, the president I consider the worst of the lot.
This book made me more resentful of this state and its influence on our country, based on its unjustified machismo and manufactured sucesss. When you break down all the statistics, the state is an utter failure and other states should not emulate it. An interesting, eye-opening book.”