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.


He Was A Camera

Russell Lee’s rarely seen Texas photographs reveal an artist at the peak of his powers of observation.

The Mighty Metroplex

Just a few years after nearly being written off the map, the region has become a roaring engine of growth and social transformation.

All Shook Up

Independent candidates for governor won’t win this year, but they’ve certainly upended the established order. Democrats and Republicans, you have only yourselves to blame.

My Father’s War

What I learned about Iraq from World War II—and what all the president’s men could learn.

T.R. Fehrenbach Is History

He’s still the gold standard by which all chroniclers of our shared experience are judged, but it’s time to look to the new generation. How do his wannabe heirs stack up?

North Toward Home

As surprising as our immigrant-friendliness may be to many, it speaks to who we are. To be a Texan is to inhabit a vast bicultural frontera, one that extends far beyond the Rio Grande.

The Bidness Myth

Rethinking the way we do business—and government—down here.

Culture of Strife

Frozen embryos are destroyed every day in the name of in vitro fertilization. Tell me again what’s so wrong with stem cell research?

What’s the Matter With Dallas?

For starters, even though its self- image is big and brash, it’s the most politically wimpy city in Texas.

Dissing Darwin

Why Texas could lose the biotech revolution—and end up, once again, an economic also-ran.

No Hat, No Cattle

We Texans have long considered ourselves, in mythical terms, old cowhands. But we’re waking up to discover that we’re really city slickers.

The Cowboy Myth

The idea that U.S. policy bears an indelible made-in-
Texas stamp is a rare point of bipartisan consensus. But
there’s nothing inherently Texan about the president’s
leadership style.

Apocalypse Now

What sets Dallas apart from other sophisticated
American cities? Its unique end-of-the-world industry.

The Accidental City

A new anthology of articles about Houston from the journal of the Rice Design Alliance is a sweeping historical overview, a civic memoir, and a municipal self-help guide.

Everybody Loves Ray

As in Nasher, and everybody should. His $70 million sculpture center is the most eagerly anticipated arts opening in Dallas’ history.