The storied Texas Rangers probably have more stories than just about any law- enforcement agency—and Mike Cox knows most of them, having spent 15 years as their spokesman. He’s put many of them in Texas Ranger Tales: Hard Riding Stories From the Lone Star State (Lone Star Books, $24.95). It’s a compilation of two previous Cox books with some new stuff added. Sure, some of these stories have been told before, but most aren’t that well-known—like the exploits of Ben Pennington, who became a Ranger in 1917 at age 56. The back jacket calls the book “True Stories That Need Tellin’“ and Cox tells them well.
—Mark Boardman, True West’s features editor and “Investigating History” columnist