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Kings of Texas
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Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Manifest Destiny's Children. 2. The Quartermaster's Depot. 3. The Preacher and The Preacher's Daughter. 4. Sea of Grass. 5. Grandma's Cattle. 6. His Majesty King Cotton. 7. Ricardo King, Owner of the Hacienda Gertrudis. 8. A Second Alamo. 9. The Great Cattle King of Texas. 10. Cause No. 1279. 11. Quieted in the Possession of His Lands. 12. The Succession. 13. The Unquiet Past. 14. Chapman v. King Ranch, Inc. Bibliography. Index.

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DON GRAHAM is a writer--at--large for Texas Monthly magazine and the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas, Austin. He is also past president of the Texas Institute of Letters and the author of the critically acclaimed biography of Audie Murphy, No Name on the Bullet. Among Graham's other works are Giant Country: Essays on Texas and Lone Star Literature: From the Red River to the Rio Grande: A Texas Anthology.

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My mother grew up in Texas in the 1930s and recalls driving with her father for hours past seemingly endless miles of King Ranch property. Covering 850,000 acres even today, a spread as big as the state of Rhode Island, the King Ranch has been an icon of Texas ranching culture since the 19th century. For six generations, descendants of founder Richard King ran the ranch and its various enterprises until Stephen Kleberg was voted out as ranch manager by the corporate board in 1998. The changing face of the King Ranch from family-run enterprise to corporate entity captures attention precisely because so many ranches and farms have already gone this route in the West, and here is the largest of them all following in their footsteps. Graham (literature, Univ. of Texas, Austin) has written several books on Texas life and culture. His latest is an easy-to-read popular narrative that complements another recent title on the King Ranch, John Cypher's Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch: A Worldwide Sea of Grass (1995), which is a more scholarly look at this modern corporate empire. Highly recommended for Southwestern libraries, both public and academic.-Charlie Cowling, SUNY at Brockport Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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