Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas by Stephen Harrigan

Photo courtesy of University of Texas Press

Photo courtesy of University of Texas Press

America’s most provocative state makes for an epic history—literally.

Written by Jenn Thornton

What else to name a book that records the history of Texas in all its contradictions, color, and characters, than exactly what it is—Big Wonderful Thing. This doorstop of a book reads like a novel and is so comprehensive, John Wayne makes a cameo twice. Covering everything on the range from cowboys to culture, this is a marathon; long, occasionally bumpy and charged. At a whopping 829 pages, it’s also a feat of research disguised by such masterful storytelling that the result is a history that Texas deserves, and a lot like the state itself—vast and never dull.

Buy now on Amazon. Proceeds benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.