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Book Description:The Rio Grande makes a large bend into Mexico and forms the “boot heel” of Texas that is the Big Bend. Big Bend National Park nestles inside this meander, and its history is as much a part of Mexico as it is of Texas. The remote border location is historically replete with rich cultural diversity, including nomadic bands of Native Americans, Spanish explorers, Mexican and Anglo farmers, ranchers, miners, military men, and entrepreneurs. In the 1930s, a handful of people saw the Big Bend’s majestic ruggedness as a place where all Americans could touch the Creator in nature and appreciate the alien qualities that both test and console the human spirit. This remote frontier still draws the souls of those seeking wide-open vistas and crystal-clear night skies.Author Bio: Thomas C. Alex has lived and worked in the area for almost 30 years during which he has collected stories of the Big Bend. Images found in this volume were provided by families who settled the area, the National Park Service, and visitors who found the enchantment of the Big Bend irresistible. The Archives of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, also holds an immense treasure trove of images and documents detailing the rich human history of this area.
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Destined for the top spot on the New York Times Best Seller List, soon to be named Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Alex has crafted a literal masterpeice in his acclaimed work "Big Bend National Park and Vicinity". The Postcard book of this area is also a must have. Crafted in legend and lore, Tom Alex brings to life the West Texas Trans Pecos Big Bend Region and the people that lived, worked, worshiped, and died here.
Quote from: randell on January 08, 2010, 05:07:04 PMWhere is your review?QuoteDestined for the top spot on the New York Times Best Seller List, soon to be named Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Alex has crafted a literal masterpeice in his acclaimed work "Big Bend National Park and Vicinity". The Postcard book of this area is also a must have. Crafted in legend and lore, Tom Alex brings to life the West Texas Trans Pecos Big Bend Region and the people that lived, worked, worshiped, and died here.
Lines or people formed all the way from the front porch in Terlingua to the river road - over 1,000 people were counted in line to purchase the long anticipated book. Texas DPS had to direct traffic for the onslaught of those seeking this coveted masterpiece...
Accolades and reviews keep pouring in...Sam Slade from the Redford Reporter writes "If I had three thumbs, they would all be up!"
Postcards - magnificent gift for the Big Bend aficionado - first impression - gotta get these framed...
Our copy arrived yesterday and was up all night reading it...could not put it down. Understand every book store in Dallas is on backorder....nothin g like it has been seen since Confederacy of Dunces. The question on everybody's lips: When will see his next book? With this type of notoriety, it may be hard for Betty and Tom to continue their reclusive lifestyle in Terlingua Ranch....it may have to be turned into a gated community.
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