Profiles In Power

Profiles In Power


6 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.
388 pp., 22 b&w illus., 4 tables

ISBN: 978-0-292-70240-0

Order thru University of Texas Press

Twentieth-Century Texans in Washington

From reviews of the first edition:

"The color and drama of local politics frequently has obscured the fact that throughout the twentieth century Texans have played a significant role in national politics. This collection of essays . . . [provides] an impressive introduction to the Texans who have provided national leadership in this century."

-Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"For both college history instructors and political science faculty members seeking a readable book on recent history and governmental affairs, or general readers curious about the rise of Texas and Texans to a level of disproportionate influence in national and international circles, Profiles in Power should be a welcome publication. . . . It achieves admirably a philosophically balanced presentation of political life stories."

-Western Historical Quarterly

Profiles in Power offers concise biographies of fourteen twentieth-century Texans who wielded significant political power and influence in Washington, D.C. First published in 1993 by Harlan Davidson, it has been revised and updated with new chapters on John Nance Garner and Henry Gonzalez and expanded chapters on Lyndon Johnson, Barbara Jordan, Ralph Yarborough, Jim Wright, and John Tower. Demonstrating the validity of a biographical approach to history, the book as a whole covers all the major political issues of the twentieth century, as well as the pivotal role of Texans in defining the national agenda.


-Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr. is Hardin Distinguished Professor of American History and Chair of the Department of History at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.


-Michael L. Collins is Professor of History and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.


Patrick Cox is Assistant Director of the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.