Where the West Begins Texas Tech University Press, $34.95

where_the_west_beginsOne of a new generation of Texas historians, Glen Sample Ely takes up his literary bowie knife and slices Texas into two different states in Where the West Begins.

He reasons that East Texas, with its cotton, ocean ports and busy industry, is a Siamese twin long in need of parting from its western self. The author demarcates West Texas at the historic l00th Meridian, where beyond lie towering mountains, vast plains and ranchland riches. This book’s countless factual nuggets are the page turner’s reward.

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