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Following the success of Knowles's critically-acclaimed They Rode for the Lone Star: The Saga of the Texas Rangers, The Birth of Texas -- The Civil War, this second volume completes the saga of Texas' original lawmen. Tracing the state's transformation after the Civil War, The Border Wars -- The 21st Century chronicles the force as they evolved from the frontier's finest combat cavalry soldiers into the Wild West's most effective lawmen, and finally into elite officers of one of the modern world's most respected law enforcement agencies.
They Rode for the Lone Star follows the Rangers through a half-century of border wars with Mexico. It recounts the Frontier Battalion's final Indian fights as they drove their enemies along the "Black Road" to defeat and the Special State Troops' capture of outlaws such as Sam Bass and John Wesley Hardin. The twentieth century brought forth a host of social ills and dangers. They Rode for the Lone Star documents agency activities in this century including:
-- M. T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas's fight against organized criminal gangs drunk on wildcat oil, dirty money, and bootleg liquor
-- Red Burton's famous stand against the Ku Klux Klan
-- Frank Hamer's 102-day interstate manhunt for notorious killers Bonnie and Clyde.
This new volume follows the contemporary Ranger force as they combat high-tech extortionists, kidnappers, and serial killers with the latest tools in the arsenal of modern criminal science. Knowles also examines how the legends of the Rangers drew from reality. The stories and larger-than-life personalities that fill the pages of They Rode for the Lone Star give ample proof of the Texas Rangers' ability to spark the imaginations of all readers, those who love tales of the Old West and those who honor the traditions of the law enforcement profession.
Title: They Rode for the Lone Star: The Saga of the Texas Rangers
Publisher: U.S.A., Lone Star Pub.: 2007
ISBN Number: 0979435404
ISBN Number 13: 9780979435409
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: Like New
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Description: Like New. May have slight shelfwear. They Rode for the Lone Star: The Saga of the Texas Rangers By Knowles, Thomas W.; Fehrenbach, T.R. : Product Details: They Rode for the Lone Star: The Saga of the Texas Rangers this first volume of his fully illustrated history of the Texas Rangers, Thomas Knowles brings to life the genesis of the Lone Star's legendary lawmen. Discover their origins as the first defenders of the Alamo and as Stephen F. Austin's ideal of mounted volunteers, and track their service on the longest and deadliest frontier in the history of the American West. Along the way, meet some of the dedicated men who served with the early Rangers: Juan Seguin, Noah Smithwick, Jose Toribo Losoya, Samuel Walker, Benjamin and Henry McCulloch, Young Chief Flacco of the Lipan Apache, John S. "R.I.P." Ford, and the most revered of Ranger captains, Jack Hays. They Rode for the Lone Star burns away the myths to expose the rich and detailed history of the Rangers' first decades of service, as their organization evolved to meet the demands of a young and turbulent Texas. The men who answered the Lone Star's call came from all walks of life and from diverse ethnic backgrounds-hopeful new immigrants from Europe, eager colonists from the young United States, proud Tejano vaqueros, fierce Native American horsemen-and studied combat and survival in the harsh, unforgiving school of the bloody border wars. Usually outnumbered and often alone, they confronted the terrible challenges of the frontier with the skills and weapons they adapted to their needs. They learned to "ride like Mexicans, track like Indians, shoot like Tennesseans, and fight like the very Devil himself." They patrolled the uncharted fringes of the colonies, clashed with the armies of Santa Anna in the struggle for Texas independence, guarded the borders of the Republic, served as special forces for the United States in Mexico after annexation, and rode into combat under the Confederacy's banners against guerrillas, Indians, and invading Union troops. The living legend of the Texas Rangers has inspired countless stories, novels and motion pictures, but few of the fictional accounts have done justice to the dramatic reality. With a historian's broad perspective and a novelist's imagery and characterization, Knowles renders a vivid and accurate depiction of the Rangers' deeds and development. The stories and larger-than-life personalities that fill the pages of They Rode for the Lone Star give ample proof of the Rangers' ability to spark the imaginations of those who love tales of Texas and the American West. Product Details Soft Cover Publisher: Lone Star Pub. (July 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0979435404 ISBN-13: 978-0979435409
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