Robert Sherrill


Izzy and All That Razzmatazz

by | Fri, Sep 8, 2006 at 12:00 am CST

100 (Plus) Years of Regime Change

George Bush is just the last of a long, long line

Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq George Bush and Dick Cheney may get your vote as the worst, the dumbest, the most venal, and the most dangerous bunglers in foreign affairs in U.S. history. But this … Read More


The Texas Mind

As The Texas Observer approaches its 50th anniversary, those old enough to remember its beginnings might justifiably take a moment to, not pay tribute, but simply recall the contribution to the publication of its foremost oddball: Dan Strawn. Dan died … Read More


More Power, Less Grace

Surely loyal supporters of The Texas Observer will get at least a little pissed off when they learn President John Kennedy—who already had a veritable revolving harem—was such a greedy sex maniac that he stole the girlfriend of one of … Read More


A Stunning Panorama of Evil

Tracing the rise of Joseph McCarthy and outbreaks of ideological terrorism

A Stunning Panorama of Evil Tracing the rise of Joseph McCarthy and repeated outbreaks of “ideological terrorism” BY ROBERT SHERRILL Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America By Ted Morgan Simon & Schuster 704 pages, $35 ince the very word “Communist” is … Read More


Comandante W.

Grading Shrub's First War

I don’t know how much of an advance Simon & Schuster gave Bob Woodward. I do know they used to give him $1 million per book, up front. They should have given him about fifty bucks for this one, if … Read More


Master, or Puppet?

LBJ as Yanker of Chains, Kisser of Butts

In this, the third portion of Robert Caro’s seemingly endless recreation of Lyndon Johnson’s life, we get a uniquely intimate lesson in how one senator can manipulate what is supposed to be our most deliberative branch of Congress. How did … Read More


Against the Grain

RATS IN THE GRAIN:The Dirty Tricks and Trials of Archer Daniels Midland, the Supermarket to the World. Anyone who had the misfortune to watch the presidential debates may have noticed that the moderator, Jim Lehrer, one of the most overrated … Read More


A Well-Known Gun

Close Calls: Jan Reid’s Texas Consider the freelancer. To the aspiring writer, the word conjures up a fearless paladin of journalism, bloodied but unbound, dispatching dragons (or chimeras, or something else fictional and bad) right and left, armed only with … Read More


Long Live Larry L. King

Larry L. King: A Writer’s Life in Letters, or, Reflections in a Bloodshot Eye. Okay, so Larry L. King, the pride of Putnam, won interplanetary fame for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and for myriad excursions into belles-lettres during … Read More