Michael Ennis

Michael Ennis has been a regular contributor to Texas Monthly since 1977. He is the New York Times best-selling author of the historical novels The Malice of Fortune, Duchess of Milan, and Byzantium, which have been published worldwide. He earned his degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley; taught art history at the University of Texas, Austin; and is a former John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Fellow. His nonfiction writing, on subjects ranging from military preparedness and national politics to art and architecture, has won several national awards; been included in the curriculum of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and has been published in a number of books and anthologies as well as magazines such as Esquire, ARTnews, and Architectural Digest.


Reign of Thought

Contrary to our self-mythology, ideas—and the people who wrote them down—have always been central to Texas history.

The Poll Truth

When a third of its citizens vote, can Texas really be called a democracy?

The Texas Supermodel

America is chasing the myth of Texas. Fortunately, we aren’t.

Split Deception

Democrats refuse to acknowledge how wildly successful we are at creating jobs. Republicans misunderstand how we’ve done it. Here’s what everyone should know about the Texas Miracle—before it’s too late.

Arch of Triumph

Dallas’s almost-finished Calatrava bridge may be an emblem of the city’s status. But the smart urban plan for the small neighborhood it leads to says more about the city’s future.

Paint by Numbers

How Jerry Jones made Cowboys Stadium into one of the state’s best art galleries. Seriously!

The 10 Best Buildings in Texas

A tour of our greatest architectural master-pieces—from the Alamo to the World Birding Center—shows how the collision of the Old World and the New forged a unique style on the Texas frontier.

The New New Deal

What University of Texas historian H. W. Brands’s new biography of Franklin Roosevelt tells us about the Obama administration.

The Drill Team

Is the answer to our energy crisis really offshore?

End of The Road

During all but two of the past twenty years, someone named Bush had led our nation or led our state. Now we’re moving on.

Bear Market

The historic showdown between Texas and California has been a cold war, a simmering ideological feud between two great powers. And the winner (for now) is …

Modern Problems

What Dallas has in common with Beijing—and why their shared vision of the twenty-first-century world must carry the day.

Modern Problems

What Dallas has in common with Beijing—and why their shared vision of the twenty-first-century world must carry the day.


Where the great silent majority is taking politics, here and elsewhere.

How We Blew It

Remember all that talk of tipping the balance of history on a fulcrum of those “Texas values” everyone was crowing about?