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In the first half of the 20th century, Amon G. Carter Sr. was a Texas powerhouse. He was "Mr. Fort Worth" and the King of West Texas. He owned the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the state's largest newspaper. And he created one of America's first radio stations (1922) and one of the earliest TV stations (1948). Flashy, often impulsive and with only an eighth-grade education, he lured a trillion dollars' worth of business to his beloved state. He worked to improve living conditions for everyone.
In this new book, a companion to the new theatrical production of the same name, Carter tells how he built one of the great media empires of the land—and what he did with it. The book also presents 100 classic and historical photographs from the era that brings Amon’s words to life.
Amon Carter's hatred and competitiveness with neighboring Dallas is legendary. He supposedly despised Fort Worth's sister city so much that he carried a sack lunch in his visits there so he wouldn't have to spend any money. Is it true? This historically-accurate fun and funny book tells the real stories behind the legend. How did Carter thwart rival Dallas when it came to the state's 100th birthday celebration? The answer is one word. Nudity. No foolin'. How's that? You'll have to read this book.
How did Carter manipulate U.S. presidents to get what he wanted for Texas? And what did he get? The longest building in the world. How's that? You'll have to read this book.
And what did one of the world's most powerful men do when his only son went missing during World War II? How did he cope with the loss? And how did that lead to more than $600 million in gifts. Yep. You'll have to read this cowboy book. Amon Carter is one of the biggest personalities to ever walk the hills and plains of vast Texas. Most don't know his stories. In this new work, you'll learn the true story in a fun way.
Dave Lieber, the author and playwright, has worked as a Texas newspaper columnist for more than 25 years--first at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and then at The Dallas Morning News, where he serves as “The Watchdog” investigative columnist. This is Dave's eighth book. He’s also a certified professional speaker, one of only a thousand in the world. Learn more at DaveLieber.org.