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Focus on American History Series
Don Carleton, series editor

In partnership with the University of Texas Press this series features books that draw extensively from the Center's historical research collections on congressional history and the history of media, including broadcast news, photojournalism, and newspaper history.

dustjacket for Front Row Seat   Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush. By Eric Draper, foreword by President George W. Bush (University of Texas Press: March 2013)

America’s forty-third president, George W. Bush, presided over eight of the most dramatic years in recent history, from the 9/11 attacks early in his administration to the worldwide economic crisis of 2008. By his side, recording every event from the momentous to the intimate, was his personal White House photographer, Eric Draper. From a collection of nearly one million photographs, Draper has selected more than one hundred images of President Bush that portray both the public figure and the private man. Front Row Seat presents a compelling, behind-the-scenes view of the presidency of George W. Bush. (See details and purchase)
dustjacket for Texas Furniture, Volume One   Texas Furniture, Volume One: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840-1880, Revised edition. By Lonn Taylor and David B. Warren (University of Texas Press: March 2012)

Texas Furniture presents a catalog of more than two hundred pieces of furniture, each superbly photographed and accompanied by detailed descriptions of the piece’s maker, date, materials, measurements, history, and owner, as well as an analysis by the authors. The book also includes chapters on the material culture of nineteenth-century Texas and on the tools and techniques of nineteenth-century Texas cabinetmakers, with a special emphasis on the German immigrant cabinetmakers of the Hill Country and Central Texas. (See details and purchase)
dustjacket for dustjacket            The Texas Book Two: More Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University   The Texas Book Two: More Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University. Edited by David Dettmer. (University of Texas Press: March 2012)

The Texas Book, edited by Richard A. Holland and published in 2006, offered the first in-depth exploration of UT's history and traditions through a collection of profiles, histories, and reminiscences. Now The Texas Book Two continues the story, with a variety of contributors recalling particular events and personalities that have helped shape the university and the people whose lives it has touched.  (See details and purchase)
dustjacket for The House Will Come to Order   The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. By Patrick L. Cox and Michael Phillips. (University of Texas Press: February 2010)

In a state assumed to have a constitutionally weak governor, the Speaker of the Texas House wields enormous power, with the ability to almost single-handedly dictate the legislative agenda. The House Will Come to Order charts the evolution of the Speaker's role from a relatively obscure office to one of the most powerful in the state. This fascinating account, drawn from the Briscoe Center's oral history project on the former Speakers, is the story of transition, modernization, and power struggles. (See details and purchase)
The Hogg Family and Houston dustjacket   The Hogg Family and Houston: Philanthropy and the Civic Ideal. By Kate Sayen Kirkland. (University of Texas Press: January 2009)

Based on extensive archival sources, The Hogg Family and Houston explains the impact of Hogg family philanthropy for the first time. This study explores how individual ideals and actions influence community development and nurture humanitarian values. It examines how philanthropists and volunteers mold Houston's traditions and mobilize allies to meet civic goals. It argues that Houston's generous citizens have long believed that innovative cultural achievement must balance aggressive economic expansion. (See details and purchase)
Danger Pay dustjacket   Danger Pay: Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, 1984-1994. By Carol Spencer Mitchell. Edited by Ellen Spencer Susman. (University of Texas Press: November 2008)

In Danger Pay, Spencer Mitchell takes us on a harrowing journey to PLO military training camps for Palestinian children and to refugee camps in the Gaza Strip before, during, and after the first intifada. Through her eyes, we experience the media frenzy surrounding the 1985 hijackings of TWA Flight #847 and the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro. We meet Middle Eastern leaders, in particular Yasser Arafat and King Hussein of Jordan, with whom Spencer Mitchell developed close working relationships. And we witness Spencer Mitchell's growing conviction that the Western media's portrayal of conflicts in the Middle East actually helps to fuel those conflicts—a conviction that eventually, as she says, "shattered my career." (See details and purchase)
Eckhardt: There Once Was a Congressman from Texas dustjacket   Eckhardt: There Once Was a Congressman from Texas. By Gary A. Keith. Foreword by Al Gore. (University of Texas Press: November 2007)

In this biography of Robert Christian Eckhardt (1913–2001), Gary A. Keith tells the story of Eckhardt's colorful life and career within the context of the changing political landscape of Texas and the rise of the New Right and the two-party state. He begins with Eckhardt's German–American family heritage and then traces his progression from labor lawyer, political organizer, and cofounder of the progressive Texas Observer magazine to Texas state legislator and U.S. congressman. Keith describes many of Eckhardt's legislative battles and victories, including the passage of the Open Beaches Act and the creation of the Big Thicket National Preserve, the struggle to limit presidential war-making ability through the War Powers Act, and the hard fight to shape President Carter's energy policy, as well as Eckhardt's work in Texas to tax the oil and gas industry. (See details and purchase)
Extraordinary Circumstances dustjacket   Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. By David Hume Kennerly. Introduction by Tom Brokaw. Essay by Richard Norton Smith. (University of Texas Press: October 2007)

Extraordinary Circumstances is a stunning collection of behind-closed-doors images by President Ford's personal photographer, David Hume Kennerly. Seen here are intimate scenes of the inner workings of the White House; Ford's family and much-beloved wife Betty; and many of the twentieth-century's most compelling and elusive figures, including Queen Elizabeth II, Leonid Brezhnev, Emperor Hirohito, Deng Xioping, Anwar Sadat, Yitzhak Rabin, Richard Nixon, Andy Warhol, and George Harrison. (See details and purchase)
From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi dustjacket   From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi: Our Embassy Years during Genocide. By Ambassador Robert Krueger and Kathleen Tobin Krueger. Foreword by Desmond Tutu, Archbiship Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize Laurate. (University of Texas Press: September 2007)

In 1994, while nations everywhere stood idly by, 800,000 people were slaughtered in eight weeks in Rwanda. Arriving as U.S. Ambassador to neighboring Burundi a few weeks later, Bob Krueger began drawing international attention to the genocide also proceeding in Burundi, where he sought to minimize the killing and to preserve its fledgling democratic government from destruction by its own army. From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi is a compelling eyewitness account of both a horrific and persistent genocide and of the ongoing efforts of many courageous individuals to build a more just society. (See details and purchase)
Leavin' a Testimony dustjacket   Leavin' a Testimony: Portraits from Rural Texas. By Patsy Cravens. Foreward by John Boles. Afterword by Bob Patten (University of Texas Press: 2007)

First settled by Stephen F. Austin's colonists in the early nineteenth century, Colorado County has deep roots in Texas history. Mainly rural and agrarian until late in the twentieth century, Colorado County was a cotton-growing region whose population was about evenly divided between blacks and whites. These life-long neighbors led separate and unequal lives, memories of which still linger today. To preserve those memories, Patsy Cravens began interviewing and photographing the older residents of Colorado County in the 1980s. In this book, she presents photographs and recollections of the last generation, black and white, who grew up in the era of Jim Crow segregation. (See details and Purchase)
Ross Sterling, Texan dustjacket   Ross Sterling, Texan: A Memoir by the Founder of Humble Oil and Refining Company. By Ross S. Sterling and Ed Kilman. Edited and revised by Don Carleton. Preface by Dolph Briscoe, Jr.  (University of Texas Press: 2007)

In this volume, editor Don Carleton uses the original oral history dictated by Ross Sterling to Ed Kilman to present the former governor's life story in his own words. Sterling vividly describes his formative years, early business ventures, and active role in developing the Texas oil industry. He also recalls his political career, from his appointment to the Texas Highway Commission to his term as governor, ending with his controversial defeat for reelection by "Ma" Ferguson. Sterling's reminiscences constitute an important primary source not only on the life of a Texan who deserves to be more widely remembered, but also on the history of Houston and the growth of the American oil industry. (See details and purchase)
 Harry Reasoner dustjacket   Harry Reasoner: A Life in the News by Douglass K. Daniel (University of Texas Press: 2007)

Covers the entire sweep of this enigmatic journalist's life and career. Daniel opens with Reasoner's Depression-era Midwestern upbringing and follows him through his early work in newspapers and radio before he joined CBS in 1956. Focusing on Reasoner's thirty-five-year tenure in television news, Daniel presents fascinating, behind-the-scenes accounts of Reasoner's key role in founding the top-rated newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He also explores Reasoner's highly publicized move to ABC in 1970, where he anchored the nightly newscast, first with Howard K. Smith and later with Barbara Walters—a disastrous pairing from which Reasoner's career never fully recovered. (See details and purchase)
Kindler of Souls dustjacket   Kindler of Souls: Rabbi Henry Cohen of Texas by Rabbi Henry Cohen II (University of Texas Press: 2007)

More than 10,000 Jews, mostly from Eastern Europe, arrived in Galveston in the early twentieth century. Rabbi Cohen greeted many of the new arrivals in Yiddish, then helped them find jobs through a network that extended throughout the Southwest and Midwest United States. The "Galveston Movement," along with Cohen's pioneering work reforming Texas prisons and fighting the Ku Klux Klan, made the rabbi a legend in his time. As this portrait shows, however, he was also a lovable mensch to his grandson. Rabbi Henry Cohen II reminisces about his grandfather's jokes while placing the legendary rabbi in historical context, creating the best picture yet of this important Texan, a man perhaps best summarized by Rabbi Wise in the New York Times as "a soul who touches and kindles souls." (See details and purchase)
Russell Lee Photographs dustjacket  

Russell Lee Photographs: Images from the Russell Lee Photograph Collection at the Center for American History. (University of Texas Press: 2007)

Russell Lee, photographer. Foreword by John Szarkowski, introduction by J. B. Colson, and photographs selected and arranged by Linda Peterson. (See details and purchase)

The Texas Book dustjacket   Richard A. Holland, editor. The Texas Book: Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University. (University of Texas Press: 2006) The Texas Book gathers together personality profiles, historical essays, and first-person reminiscences to create an informal, highly readable history of UT. (See details and purchase)
State Fair  

Arthur Grace. State Fair. (University of Texas Press: 2006)

From prize-winning pigs to corn dog-eating contests, from beauty queens to marching bands, from gravity-defying midway rides to miracle machines for back pain, from butter sculptures to demolition derbies, state fairs are a mother lode of pure Americana. (See details and purchase)

Changing the Face of Power bookjacket   Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate (University of Texas Press: 2005)

This pioneering work of photojournalism documents  fourteen female U.S. women in their day-to-day work as senators. Melina Mara's candid images show the senators attending hearings, meeting the press, greeting their constituents, consulting with staff, legislating behind the scenes, and sharing private moments with colleagues and family. The photographs capture the demanding, 24/7 nature of the job and show clearly that the female senators more than hold their own among their male colleagues. (See details and purchase)
The First Texas News Barons dustjacket  

Patrick Cox. The First Texas News Barons (University of Texas Press: 2005).

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Profiles in Power bookjacket  

Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr., Michael L. Collins, and Patrick Cox, editors. Profiles in Power: Twentieth-Century Texans in Washington, New Edition. (University of Texas Press: 2004).

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The French Texas  

Edited by François Lagarde. The French in Texas: History, Migration, Culture (University of Texas Press: 2003).

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Book Cover: Being Rapoport  

Bernard Rapoport as told to Don E. Carleton. Being Rapoport: Capitalist with a Conscience. (University of Texas Press: 2002).

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Book Cover: Once Upon a Time in Texas  

David Richards. Once Upon a Time in Texas: A Liberal in the Lone Star State (University of Texas Press: 2002).

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Photo du Jour  

David Hume Kennerly. Photo du Jour: A Picture a Day Journey through the First Year of the New Millennium (University of Texas Press: 2002).

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Watching Television Come of Age  

Lewis L. Gould. Watching Television Come of Age: The New York Times Reviews by Jack Gould (University of Texas Press: 2002).

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Book Cover: Ralph Yarborough  

Patrick Cox. Ralph W. Yarborough, the People's Senator (University of Texas Press: 2001).

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