Time of the Rangers

Texas Rangers: From 1900 to the Present

Mike Cox

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Following up on his magnificent history of the 19th century Texas Rangers, Mike Cox now takes us from 1900 through the present.  From horseback to helicopters, from the frontier cattle days through the crime-ridden boom-or-bust oil field era, from Prohibition to World War II espionage to the violent ethnic turbulence of the ‘50s and ‘60s--which sometimes led to demands that the Texas Rangers be disbanded. Cox takes readers through the modern history of the famed Texas lawmen.  Cox’s position as a spokesperson for the Texas department of Public Safety allowed him to comb the archives and conduct extensive personal interviews to give us this remarkable account of how a tough group of horse-borne lawmen--too prone to hand out roadside justice, critics complained--to one of the world’s premier investigative agencies, respected and admired worldwide.

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Heroes of Old"

THE RANGER FORCE, 1900—1910

Sitting in a smoky meeting room of the opulent Oriental Hotel, the former Texas Ranger listened as the mayor’s representative welcomed him and his fellow "Heroes of Old" to the thriving city of Dallas.

Four decades earlier, then only twenty years old, British-born Joseph Greaves Booth had helped protect the state from hostile Indians. Now, in the fall of 1900, Booth served as president of the Texas Rangers Association. Standing to address a hundred other men who had ridden for the Lone Star, the successful traveling

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Praise for The Texas Rangers:
 
"Mike Cox has a unique background for presenting the checkered history of the Rangers. During several years as a spokesman for the Texas Department of Safety, he had access to detailed records and experienced first-hand the mystique that clings to this fabled law enforcement body. Though he gives us the flashes of glory, he does not flinch from the dark side of the Rangers' past."
--Elmer Kelton, Texas legend and author of The Texas Rangers novel series
 
"History in the raw. Anyone who reads this book will feel they have found a new electrifying country that they never knew existed. That's how different Texas was in the early days of the Texas Rangers."
--Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee
 
“A richly detailed and sweeping historical narrative.… This modern masterpiece does full justice to both the reality and the myth of the Texas Rangers—a great organization of which I was honored to be a part for 27 years.”
--Joaquin Jackson, Texas Ranger (Ret), author of One Ranger: A Memoir

 

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Mike Cox

MIKE COX, an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters, began his writing career as a Texas newspaper reporter, then spent fifteen years as spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, which includes the Texas Rangers and later was Communications Manager for the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Time of the Rangers
Texas Rangers: From 1900 to the Present
Mike Cox

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
August 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765318152
ISBN10: 0765318156
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 512 pages
$27.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
June 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765325259
ISBN10: 076532525X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 512 pages
$18.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
August 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429941167
ISBN10: 1429941162
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 512 pages
$9.99
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