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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Spring 2019

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God Save Texas
A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
By (author): Lawrence Wright
9780525435907 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Southwest Mar 05, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.75 in 368 pages 15 DRAWINGS IN TEXT Vintage
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author—and native Texan: an incisive, engrossing journey through the Lone Star State that explores the region’s history, culture, and politics while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny.

God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but the cities are blue and are among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king, but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright’s profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country as it is, but as it was and as it might be.

Publication History: Knopf hardcover, April 2018

NATIONAL BESTSELLER: God Save Texas debuted at #8 on the New York Times bestseller list.

PRAISE: Critics are calling the book “superb” (The New York Times Book Review), “essential reading” (NPR), and “compelling” (The Washington Post).

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK. God Save Texas has also been named a best book of the year by NPR, The Seattle Times, and Kirkus Reviews.

SALES TRACK: Wright’s backlist titles have netted hundreds of thousands of copies at Vintage.

ACCLAIMED, PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR: Wright’s awards include the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for The Looming Tower. Going Clear was a finalist for the National Book Award. Wright, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is one of our most respected journalists and is a top request at the Random House Speakers Bureau.

TIMELY: Wright’s exploration of Texas is in direct conversation with the wider political discussion of the day about where the values of Americans lie and where the country is headed.

TV BUZZ: Last fall, Hulu released an original TV series based on The Looming Tower, which—along with our tie-in edition—has helped bring new attention to Wright’s work.

ACADEMIC ADOPTIONS: A deft blend of history, politics, cultural studies, and personal writing, God Save Texas is a wonderful choice for students and teachers of these subjects.

LAWRENCE WRIGHT is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of nine previous books of nonfiction, including In the New World, Remembering Satan, The Looming Tower, Going Clear, Thirteen Days in September, and The Terror Years, and one novel, God’s Favorite. His books have received many prizes and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. He is a longtime resident of Austin.

Author Residence: Austin, TX

Author Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

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“Beautifully written…. Essential reading [for] anyone who wants to understand how one state changed the trajectory of the country.”—NPR

“Superb…. [Wright’s] most personal work yet, an elegant mixture of autobiography and long-form journalism, remarkably free of elitist bias on the one hand, and pithy guidebook pronouncements on the other.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Compelling…. Timely…. There is a sleeping giant in Texas, and Wright captures the frustration and the hope that reverberate across the state each time it stirs.”—The Washington Post

“Vivid…. Illuminating…. [It’s] a testament to Wright’s formidable storytelling skills that a reader will encounter plenty of information without ever feeling lost.”—The New York Times

“Terrific…. Wright’s words could speak for both Texas and America.”—The Dallas Morning News

“Important, timely, and most important, riveting.”—Vulture

“A godsend…Thorough and concise…A brilliant analysis.”—Newsday

“The most entertaining and edifying nonfiction book I’ve read so far this year…. [Wright] is a rare beast: an elegant writer and a fearless reporter, with a sense of humor as dry as the plains of west Texas.”—Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times

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