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.


Ich Bin ein Texan

A 181-year-old book reminds us that Texas was once much more German—and far more radical—than we realize.

The White Stuff

The secret history of cotton, the crop that transformed the global economy—and kept Texans in poverty for generations.

Small in the Saddle

Larry McMurtry, Bill Wittliff, and Jeff Guinn turn to familiar turf—the Old West—to challenge old-school readers.

Dallas Flambé

With its tight prose, waitress heroine, and stinging insight into urban life, Merritt Tierce’s debut marks an exciting turn in Texas literature.

Race and Relations

Journalist Chris Tomlinson delves into the parallel histories of two Texas families with the same last name—one black, one white.

The Rough Guide to Frackistan

Energy reporter Russell Gold gives us a reason to give a frak about fracking.

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.

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.

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.

Help Unwanted

The illogical politics of immigration reform.

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.

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.

Sons of Sam

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

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.

Medicine Brawl

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