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Texas Got It Right!

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
“It ain’t bragging if it’s true.” –a rodeo bull rider

Why are jobs moving from the once Golden State of California to the Lone Star State of Texas? Why are the best and the brightest moving from Chicago and Detroit to Austin and Houston and Dallas? Why are Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Illinois losing congressmen in 2012 while Texas gains four? Why is it that Texas is
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Melcher Media (first published September 25th 2012)
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Oct 12, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
I feel like I should hate this book. I'm not in love with Texas. I'm not a right wing conservative. I have tons of friends and family in California. But, I can't hate it. For one, the generosity of the Wyly's put a really cool theater in the best city in Texas: Dallas. Also, the book is essentially about how Texas is the best state in which to live and prosper. And that's not too far off. Sure, it's a great state for the rich to get richer. But it's not a bad state for the working folks either. ...more
Melissa Bond
Dec 17, 2013 Melissa Bond rated it it was ok
Being a born and raised Texan, it is impossible not to learn through either school or relatives of how great Texas is compared to the rest of the United States. While this book portrays Texas as a tolerant and open state to live in, it couldn't be further from the truth. If you do not live in one of the larger cities, being anything but a white, Bible thumping conservative makes one an instant outcast. The only places you will find an even ground among having a different faith, political thought ...more
Katie Tahuahua
Sep 20, 2013 Katie Tahuahua rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Everyone should read this book.

Yeah, everyone, Texan or not.

It's no secret Texas is on the right economic track. We created more jobs here than all the other states combined in the past ten years. It's pretty inexpensive to live here, and businesses are free to take risks, invest, and grow. Texas Got It Right by Sam and Andrew Wyly is an in-depth look at why the Lone Star State is beating all the others.

Chock full of charmingly Texan anecdotes as well as history and hard data, Texas Got It Right
Tammy Burns
Oct 29, 2012 Tammy Burns rated it it was amazing
Wow! Received this book in the mail for the library and was ready to see a mediocre book. Boy was I wrong! This is a great little book about the Texas economy. I can see having a copy in the library for the kids to look through and a copy for my economics teachers to use in class. The authors discuss how Texas has survived one of the harshest recessions to ever hit our country, and came out of it sooner than most states. Everything from big business to mom and pop operations are discussed. There ...more
A.J. Chilson
Feb 23, 2013 A.J. Chilson rated it did not like it
Texas got it right, but this author got it wrong... by not mentioning Nolan Ryan. I could also mention other names in the sporting world that were worthy enough to be included in that book, like Ben Hogan or Babe Didrikson Zaharias. They too represented Texas the way Nolan Ryan did. Hell, Ryan's done more with his arm for the state than the late governor Ann Richards did for the whole state. And guess which Texan was featured in the book riding a motorcycle? Ann Richards. I seriously think the ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
A clear argument about why the authors believe that Texas is superior to other states. Highly value-loaded and biased, but a clear argument, this book is for those people who believe the state of Texas is great. The book accomplishes the goal that the title proclaims, so I decided to rate it high. The use of figures and models are abundant, leaving this as an informative and quick read.
Kaye Steeno
Jan 04, 2014 Kaye Steeno rated it liked it
I can't believe that anyone but a Texan or a wannabe Texas would like this book, but I found it very interesting. It is full of charts and graphs to compare Texas with other states in regards to economy, ecology, education, and other fields.
Ben Zajdel
Nov 22, 2014 Ben Zajdel rated it it was ok
I did not like this book. It is not good. I thought it would have real reasons why Texas is succeeding economically, but most of the reasons given are things like "Texans wear big hats" and "Texans are adventurous."

I love Texas, but this was a waste.
Apr 22, 2013 John rated it really liked it
Rated: B
The Wyly's have authored a fun and informative book on what makes Texas the great state that it is. History. Entrepreneurship. Politics. Energy. Melting Pot.
Mar 30, 2015 Allison rated it liked it
Interesting if you want to learn more about Texas....but keep in mind you are only getting one side of the story.
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Sam Wyly was raised in small-town Louisiana. In 1957, he got his MBA from the University of Michigan and began his career as a salesman for IBM and then a manager for Honeywell. At 28, he created his first company, University Computing Company, which became the first of six enterprises Wyly grew to over $1 billion valuations.

Over the next fifty years, he became one of America's top multiple entrep
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