Sam Houston, Warts and All

Texas was the end of the line for Sam Houston, an adventurer with boundless energies, deep depressions, and a mysterious past, the sort of man who could have faced down LBJ.

I DON’T WANT TO SOUND like a sniffy scholar, some gray tepid don smelling of water biscuits,
beeswax and old superiority, but the longer I live with the potluck our democracy has served up of
late in the way of presidents, the more I find myself limping away to the library to savor the
Early American dish. It is not, I must admit, as hearty as I had


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