The King Ranch Story by Mona D. Sizer: A Short Review

In August, I was a presenter at the Laredo Book Festival and I met Mona D. cheap albion silver Sizer. cheap albion gold We were presenting on the same panel and as she talked I realized that I was in the presence of someone who really knew how to write nonfiction. albion silver She has written at least 35 books, she is articulate, bright, and has a wonderful style of writing. buy albion gold I obtained her book, The King Ranch Story: Truth and Myth (Republic of Texas Press), thinking of how it might be a useful book, as I often present programs on Texas history at schools, libraries, and festivals on Texas history. I began my study by scanning the histories of the great Texas ranches of Goodnight, Loving, and King, but picked up this book and I couldn’t put it down. cheap albion gold I underestimated the quality of Sizer’s writing and the impact this book would have on me. I appreciate an author who teaches me things–and Sizer added vocabulary, historical facts, and cultural insights that can only enrich my school programs and my appreciation of the story of Texas. buy albion gold She weaves the people, history, myths, and legends associated with the King Ranch and the Rio Grande Valley with such skill that the reader will want to know more and see for him or herself the places she writes about. albion gold Having grown up in South Texas, Sizer knows the land she writes of. buy albion silver After I read her book, I realized how much I still had to learn about Texas. I was born in Texas, I love Texas, and I admire writers who can capture the soul, mystery, and truth of my beloved state like Sizer has done. If you want to hear a fascinating but little told story of Texas, you need to read her book.

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  1. I read your glowing comments re: Mona Sizer’s book about my family’s history and wish to comment that if you use her “history” as fact, there are many inaccuracies in the telling. Relationships within the family, descriptions and attributions are misstated or wrong. For accuracy in historic fact I commend to you that the REAL history of King Ranch still remains the two volume tome written by Tom Lea in 1955 and updated by Bill Broyles in Texas Monthly (The Last Empire) in their Feb. 1980 issue.

    Among other inaccuracies in the book are that Mrs. King did not have a mesquite tree painted on the wall of the library of the newly rebuilt main house at the ranch in the early 20th century. That was put there in the 1980’s at the time of a restoration project of the main house overseen by my mother, Mary Lewis Kleberg, and assigned to an artist/decorator from San Antonio, Tilford Collins. It was Tilford who’s idea it was to paint the alcove and use a mesquite as a vehicle for a family tree.

    Other inaccuracies are reference to a cousin of mine who became President of King Ranch after Bob Kleberg’s death as Bob’s son-in-law. Jim was Bob’s nephew by marriage. Other inaccuracies pepper the narrative throughout. The hunting car referred to as Bob’s and Dick’s was NEVER Bob’s. It was custom designed and built for my grandfather, Dick Kleberg, Sr. Bob had nothing to do with it and rarely was in it as he preferred staying down at the Norias division of the ranch to camp out and hunt or preferred traveling to foreign countries in the airplane at company shareholder expense including taking his daughter and her 6 children on safari in Africa while my father stayed on the ranch and ran the place so Bob could travel without worry.

    Check the source.

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