William Broyles

William Broyles is a native of Baytown and was the founding editor of Texas Monthly. He then went on to create the television show, China Beach, and to write scripts for a number of films, including Cast Away, The Polar Express, Jarhead, Unfaithful, and Apollo 13, which he co-wrote with Texas Monthly writer Al Reinert. Broyles graduated from Rice University and has an M.A. from Oxford University. He also served with the Marines in Vietnam, was the editor in chief of Newsweek magazine, and is the author of Brothers in Arms. He lives in New Mexico.


My Montrose

Forty years (and more) of the exuberant, eclectic neighborhood where I was born, grew as a writer, and found inspiration for the early pages of this magazine.

Stop Beating Around The Bush

Hey, undecided voters: Time’s up. As unenthusiastic as you may be, you gotta go with one of these guys. Fortunately, we’re here to help you make up your mind.

Man to Man

The son’s ultimate selfishness is to see his father only as his father—not as a man. But on our first fishing trip in 25 years, I began to see my father—and myself—as the grown men we’d become.

The Last Empire

The King Ranch saga: how one family conquered, tamed, loved, toiled on, and fought over a great piece of Texas.

The Making of Barbara Jordan

From poor black girl to presidential possibility, in ten not-so-easy lessons.

The Man Who Saw Too Much

Hugh Aynesworth can’t escape what he witnessed in 1963.

Disaster, Part Two: Houston

Along the Houston Ship Channel the water is eight feet high and risin’.

How First National Passed Republic

The biggest Texas banks are up to their same old game—getting bigger.


Dallas and Fort Worth boosters may have pushed their cities into the 21st century when they opened the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport this September.