Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America’s Superstate
Robert Bryce
327 pages, hardcover $26.00. PublicAffairs, 2004

"I’m all for business. I’m all for government. I just don’t want them to be the same thing," says Robert Bryce, taking on the state of Texas and its enormous political influence over American life, from oil and gas to business to foreign policy. Bryce traces the network of Texas "cronies" that he says helped bring Lyndon Johnson and both Bushes to power in the White House.