Below you will find a list of books that members of the Geopolitical Futures team are currently reading. It highlights insightful and relevant books from around the globe and the reasons we chose them. Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans By T.R. Fehrenbach Cole Altom: If what John Steinbeck said of Texas is true – that “it is a mystique closely approximating a religion” – then “Lone Star” by T.R. Fehrenbach, the standard-bearer of the history of the republic, could rightly be considered biblical, because Texas is at once ancient and modern, timeless and old-timey, and, in geopolitical terms, a borderland of estuarial complexity. In the beginning, Fehrenbach writes about the prehistoric exodus into the lands that would eventually become Texas, first by the animals seeking refuge from the northern cold and then by the humans who depended on them for survival. Centuries later their descendants would form settlements, some grander than others, that were either eradicated or subordinated by colonial Europeans. Fehrenbach’s explanation of the politics, and geopolitics, of colonialism is particularly interesting. Whereas France’s interests were mostly commercial, Spain’s were largely spiritual. (The failure of Spain’s colonial experiment was the failure to Hispanicize, and thus […]

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