Mike Cox

The Texas Rangers, Men of Action and Valor

“Since 1823, in one form or another, the Texas Rangers have been serving the people of Texas. Much has changed since the days of the frontier. Today’s Ranger is more likely to hop in a helicopter than on the back of a horse, but Rangers are still working hard to protect the citizens of this state. Used to be, all a man had to do to become a Texas Ranger was be able to shoot straight and ride hard. The modern Texas Ranger is still a crack shot, but he is well-educated and highly trained in everything from hypnosis to computer use.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if some young man--or woman-- who reads this book might end up wearing a Ranger badge someday.”
--H.R. “Lefty” Block, former Senior Captain, Texas Rangers

“In this book. I’ve tried to show the history of the Texas Rangers in ... stories that are all based on true incidents from the annals of the Rangers. The retired Ranger in the story about gambling in Galveston and the Ranger in the story about the dinosaur track thief are composite characters, but all the other Rangers in the book were real. Dialogue has been added to make these stories interesting to read, but I am satisfied it has the ring of authenticity and that anything in this book that didn’t happen at least could have happened.”
--From the author’s preface

Photos, reading list, glossary. 126 pp. Eakin Press, 1991.

Selected Works

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This book is the second volume of the author's comprehensive history of the Texas Rangers, one of the world's most famous law enforcement organizations.
American Western History
The first of a two-volume, quarter million-word popular history of the Texas Rangers, the book explores the legend and reality of this world famous law enforcement organization.
Nineteen true stories vividly recreate Texas' most catastrophic events.
Collections of legendary Texas Ranger stories, from new takes on famous tales to previously untold yarns.
History of the Texas Rangers in ten action-packed stories based on true incidents. For young readers.
Bibliography/ Reference
Annotated reference and modern guide to assembling a library of the best contemporary Texas books.