Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right

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Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right

What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas

By Erica Grieder

PublicAffairs, Hardcover, 9781610391924, 284pp.

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Description
Texas may well be America's most controversial state. Evangelicals dominate the halls of power, millions of its people live in poverty, and its death row is the busiest in the country. Skeptical outsiders have found much to be offended by in the state's politics and attitude. And yet, according to journalist (and Texan) Erica Grieder, the United States has a great deal to learn from Texas.
In "Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right," Grieder traces the political history of a state that was always larger than life. From its rowdy beginnings, Texas has combined a long-standing suspicion of government intrusion with a passion for business. Looking to the present, Greider assesses the unique mix of policies on issues like immigration, debt, taxes, regulation, and energy, which together have sparked a bonafide Texas Miracle of job growth. While acknowledging that it still has plenty of twenty-first-century problems to face, she finds in Texas a model of governance whose power has been drastically underestimated. Her book is a fascinating exploration of America's underrated powerhouse.


About the Author
Erica Grieder is a senior editor at "Texas Monthly." From 2007-2012, she covered Texas as the southwest correspondent for "The Economist," to which she still contributes. Her writing has also appeared in the "New York Times," the "Spectator," the "Atlantic," "Foreign Policy," and the "New Republic." She lives in Austin.