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- DescriptionThe Texas-Mexico border is trouble. Haphazardly splashing across the meandering Rio Grande into Mexico is--or at least can be--risky business, hazardous to one's health and well-being. Kirby W. Dendy, the Chief of Texas Rangers, corroborates the sobering reality: As their predecessors for over one hundred forty years before them did, today's Texas Rangers continue to battle violence and transnational criminals along the Texas-Mexico border. In Riding Lucifer's Line , Bob Alexander, in his characteristic storytelling style, surveys the personal tragedies of twenty-five Texas Rangers who made the ultimate sacrifice as they scouted and enforced laws throughout borderland counties adjacent to the Rio Grande. The timeframe commences in 1874 with formation of the Frontier Battalion, which is when the Texas Rangers were actually institutionalised as a law enforcing entity, and concludes with the last kwn Texas Ranger death along the border in 1921. Alexander also discusses the transition of the Rangers in two introductory sections: The Frontier Battalion Era, 1874-1901 and The Ranger Force Era, 1901-1935, wherein he follows Texas Rangers moving from an epochal narrative of the Old West to more modern, techlogical times. Written absent a preprogrammed agenda, Riding Lucifer's Line is legitimate history. Adhering to facts, the author is t hesitant to challenge and shatter stale Texas Ranger mythology. Likewise, Alexander confronts head-on many of those critical Texas Ranger histories relying on innuendo and gossip and anecdotal accounts, at the expense of sustainable evidence--writings often plagued with a deficiency of rational thinking and common sense. Riding Lucifer's Line is illustrated with sixty remarkable old-time photographs. Relying heavily on archived Texas Ranger documents, the lively text is authenticated with more than one thousand comprehensive endtes.
- Author BiographyBob Alexander began a policing career in 1965 and retired as a special agent with the U.S. Treasury Department. He is the author of Rawhide Ranger, Ira Aten; Winchester Warriors: Texas Rangers of Company D, 1874-1901; Fearless Dave Allison, Border Lawman; Desert Desperadoes: The Banditti of Southwestern New Mexico; and Lawmen, Outlaws, and SOBs.
- Author(s)Bob Alexander
- PublisherUniversity of North Texas Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication30/06/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleFrances B. Vick Series
- Series Part/Volume Number11
- Place of PublicationDenton
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of North Texas Press,U.S.
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight703 g
- Width160 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Foreword byByron Johnson
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