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.


Paint by Numbers

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

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.

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.

The Texas Supermodel

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

The Poll Truth

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

Reign of Thought

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

Medicine Brawl

Sure, Rick Perry doesn’t want to expand Medicaid. But can he afford not to?

Change of Art

Just over forty years ago, Texas was the kind of place dismissed as hopelessly provincial and culturally mediocre. But then came the Kimbell Art Museum.

Sons of Sam

Leadership is lacking in Texas. O Houston, where art thou?

Paranoia Is the New Stupid

Acting like a rube used to be the best way to get ahead in politics. Now something crazier is required.

The Re-Searchers

Why, in books and movies (not to mention politics), we keep returning to the epic frontier struggle between the Comanche and the Texas Rangers.

Help Unwanted

The illogical politics of immigration reform.

Spun City

For half a century the world has regarded the Dallas of 1963 as a city of hate. But as JFK knew when he got there, that wasn’t the whole story.

Bipolar Order

Contrary to what the national media would have you believe, Texas is not politically monochromatic. It is, and always has been, a state with two minds.

Coming to Our Census

Former state demographer Steve H. Murdock is back, with a book that should be required reading for all 26,060,796 of us.