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I, the People: How Marvin Zindler Busted the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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"The Chicken Ranch was the one, great festering, frustrating sore on the face of law enforcement in Texas." The year was 1973. The State of Texas had just elected a new reform-minded governor and attorney general. And Houston's ABC-TV affiliate station at Channel 13 had just launched a new consumer-oriented investigative feature by hiring flamboyant former lawman Marvin Zi ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 16th 2012)
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Christopher Gerrib
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
You may have heard of the “Chicken Ranch,” AKA “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” from the musical or the movie of the later name. Well, Gary Taylor, intrepid Texan journalist and survivor of his own “fatal attraction” (chronicled in his book Luggage By Kroger) has the real story. Although not as dramatic as Luggage, his new book, I, The People, is very interesting.

Gary’s story starts in 1972, with the election of a reform-minded Texas Attorney General, John Hill. He took office in early 19
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Jayme Blaschke
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Back in the early 1980s, Houston journalist Gary Taylor teamed with Marvin Zindler to write a comprehensive book about Zindler's famous closure of the Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange. The publisher abruptly went out of business and the book was abandoned, never completed. Some years following Zindler's death, Taylor came across the manuscript, cleaned it up and published it as an ebook via Smashwords. So now you know the backstory.

"I, the People," is a slim book. Surprisingly so, given that T
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Aimee
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is slightly interesting. I feel like the actual closing down of the Chicken Ranch could have had more detail added. There is a decent amount of profanity so beware if you don't like that. The last 30-40 pages of the book were all about Marvin Zindler and how he grew up and life before he ever got into the Chicken Ranch situation. In my opinion I feel like the last part could have been left out and more detail added about the operation of the Chicken Ranch and what it did for/meant to t ...more
Jeannie
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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Wendell Barnes
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting non-fiction book about the best little whorehouse in Texas! Read because I recently played the character based on Marvin Zindler in the musical comedy, Melvin P. Thorpe. Quick easy read.
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Gary Taylor began his journalism career after graduating in 1969 from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, where he won the Walter Williams Award as the outstanding writer in the class of ’69. Until December of 1971, Taylor worked for The Flint Journal as the courts and legal affairs reporter for that Michigan daily. He joined the staff of The Houston Post in 1971 and worked there un ...more
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