Let the People In -

The Life and Times of Ann Richards

University of Texas Press

“In this unabashedly affectionate yet probing biography, the incomparable Jan Reid plucks a political star from the heavens and brings her back down to the Texas earth she inhabited. Beneath the barbed wit and rawhide resolve, the Ann Richards seen in this book is a woman of considerable frailty—and one deeply in love with the swashbuckling writer Bud Shrake. Seldom has an icon been portrayed in such movingly human brushstrokes.”


- Robert Draper, author of Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W.



“Reid is a clever stylist and a terrific storyteller. He has a fine grasp of Texas politics and no ideological ax to grind. As an account of Richards the politician in Lone Star surroundings, Let the People In is about as good as it gets.”


—David Oshinsky, a Pulitzer Prize winner, for Texas Monthly




“Reid is fun and fascinating to read. There’s a lot of history here, a lot of politics . . . readers will learn much from Reid’s tough, detailed look at the first woman elected statewide in Texas in fifty years.”


—Dallas Morning News



“I always felt that knowing Ann Richards was a bit like knowing a rock star. Jan Reid’s addition to the literature, myth, and reality about Ann is a great read for Ann’s fans and foes alike. I was sorry when we lost the great Ann Richards. I was sad when I closed this compelling book.”


—Liz Smith



“At once a compelling, touching tale of a remarkable woman and an insightful account of the decline of Texas liberalism. Jan Reid captures the spirit, accomplishments, and failures of Ann Richards wonderfully well. One of the best books on Texas politics in years.”


—H. W. Brands, author of Traitor to His Class:The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt



“This is a fabulously important book. It defines not only Ann but Ann’s times. . . . A casual reader would say its purpose is to tell Ann’s story, how she became who she was, warts and all, and how she changed the landscape in Texas and beyond. But it is also a woman’s story. It lays bare what women still sacrifice in order to live large, public lives.”


—Jan Jarboe Russell, author of Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson