In 2009, New York Times columnist Gail Collins attended a Texas Tea Party rally where raucous attendees waved signs reading "Secede!" The anger Collins felt from the crowd laid the groundwork for her new book, "As Texas Goes..." In it, Collins explores -- with her trademark sarcastic humor -– the Lone Star State’s outsized influence on the national agenda. She joins Kojo to delve into Texas's colorful people, politicians and policies.
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Reprinted from "As Texas Goes…: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda" by Gail Collins. Copyright © 2012 by Gail Collins. With the permission of the Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.