Mike Cox


The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900
Writer-historian Mike Cox explores the inception and rise of the famed Texas Rangers. Starting in the early 1820s with just a handful of men, the Rangers' first purpose was to keep settlers safe from the feared and gruesome Karankawa Indians, a cannibalistic tribe that wandered the Texas territory. As the influx of settlers grew, the attacks increased, and it became clear that a much larger, better trained force was necessary.

From their tumultuous beginning to their decades of fighting outlaws, Comanches, Mexican solados and banditos, as well as Union soldiers, the Texas Rangers became one of the fiercest law enforcement groups in America. In a land as spread out and sparsely populated as the West itself, the Rangers had unique law enforcement responsibilities and challenges.

The story of the Texas Rangers is as controversial as it is heroic. Often accused of vigilante-style racism and murder, they enforced the law with a heavy hand. But above all, they were perhaps the defining force for the stabilization and the creation of Texas. From Stephen Austin in the early days through the Civil War, the first eighty years of the Texas Rangers is nothing less than phenomenal, and the efforts put forth in those days set the foundation for the Texas Rangers that continue to keep Texas safe today.

Texas Disasters, True Stories of Tragedy and Survival
It's only human to be fascinated by diasters--an uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Mike Cox takes you back to Texas' most catastrophic events, vividly re-credating the moments that changed the Lone Star State forever. The nineteen true stories are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful often deadly forces of nature.

More Basic Texas Books
"Absolutely hands-down the most indispensable modern guide to assembling the finest library of contemporary Texas books--as written by a master bookman himself!... Mike Cox now has the last word on the best of modern Texas history books."
--John Miller Morris, Associate Professor
University of Texas at San Antonio

Texas Ranger Tales, Stories that Need Telling and More Texas Ranger Tales (companion volume)
"No one writing in the Texas history field today is better qualified than Mike Cox to tell these tales."
--Amarillo Globe News

"Terrific reading for anyone with an interest in the American West."
--Midwest Book Review

Winner of the 1997 Violet Crown Award for Best Non-Fiction Book (Writer’s League of Texas).

The Texas Rangers, Men of Action and Valor
Young readers will be caught up in the middle of the action by these stories. Famous Rangers, such as Frank Hamer (who killed Bonnie & Clyde) and Ranger outfits, such as the Frontier Battalion, are depicted in their most famous adventures, capturing outlaws and fighting Indians to keep settlers safe on the frontier.

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.