One Ranger When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers Nick Nolte modeled his character in the movie Extreme Prejudice on him Jackson even

  • Title: One Ranger
  • Author: H. Joaquin Jackson David Marion Wilkinson
  • ISBN: 9780292716384
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers Nick Nolte modeled his character in the movie Extreme Prejudice on him Jackson even had a speaking part of his own in The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones But the role that Jackson has always played the best is that of the man who wears the silver badgeWhen his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers Nick Nolte modeled his character in the movie Extreme Prejudice on him Jackson even had a speaking part of his own in The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones But the role that Jackson has always played the best is that of the man who wears the silver badge cut from a Mexican cinco peso coin a working Texas Ranger Legend says that one Ranger is all it takes to put down lawlessness and restore the peace one riot, one Ranger In this adventure filled memoir, Joaquin Jackson recalls what it was like to be the Ranger who responded when riots threatened, violence erupted, and criminals needed to be brought to justice across a wide swath of the Texas Mexico border from 1966 to 1993.Jackson has dramatic stories to tell Defying all stereotypes, he was the one Ranger who ensured a fair election and an overwhelming win for La Raza Unida party candidates in Zavala County in 1972 He followed legendary Ranger Captain Alfred Y Allee Sr into a shootout at the Carrizo Springs jail that ended a prison revolt and left him with nightmares He captured The See More Kid, an elusive horse thief and burglar who left clean dishes and swept floors in the houses he robbed He investigated the 1988 shootings in Big Bend s Colorado Canyon and tried to understand the motives of the Mexican teenagers who terrorized three river rafters and killed one He even helped train Afghan mujahedin warriors to fight the Soviet Union.Jackson s tenure in the Texas Rangers began when older Rangers still believed that law need not get in the way of maintaining order, and concluded as younger Rangers were turning to computer technology to help solve crimes Though he insists, I am only one Ranger There was only one story that belonged to me, his story is part of the larger story of the Texas Rangers becoming a modern law enforcement agency that serves all the people of the state It s a story that s as interesting as any of the legends And yet, Jackson s story confirms the legends, too With just over a hundred Texas Rangers to cover a state with 267,399 square miles, any one may become the one Ranger who, like Joaquin Jackson in Zavala County in 1972, stops one riot.

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      Joaquin Jackson was a Texas Ranger from 1966 1993.Joaquin Jackson was assigned to a wide swath of the Texas Mexico border from 1966 to 1993 He was involved in a shootout at the Carrizo Springs jail that ended a prison revolt He captured The See More Kid, an elusive horse thief and burglar who left clean dishes and swept floors in the houses he robbed He investigated the 1988 shootings in Big Bend s Colorado Canyon and tried to understand the motives of the Mexican teenagers who terrorized three river rafters and killed one.While a Texas Ranger, Jackson was instrumental in starting the career of country singer Johnny Rodriguez In 1969, a teenage Rodriguez was jailed and would often sing in his cell Jackson, who overheard Rodriguez and was impressed by his voice, told his friend, music promoter Happy Shahan, about him, and Shahan then hired Rodriguez for his first singing gigs.He currently lives in Alpine, Texas, where he is the owner and operator of a private investigations firm.



    2 thoughts on “One Ranger

    1. I'm of two minds with this book. From a purely entertainment standpoint it was great. Plenty of interesting, exciting stories and some great anecdotes;this is after an "accidental misfire" by an a fellow law enforcement officer during a standoffDeputy Fife claimed he was off to see his local gunsmith. He needed to find out what was wrong with his rifle. I could have told him, an idiot owned it.There are plenty of other chuckle inducing lines and badass moments from the various stories along with [...]

    2. There is more badassery in this single book, than exists in all American males born after 1985 combined. Joaquin is very illustrative, and recreates scenes with vivid detail. This book really makes you understand just how much things have changed in our country in the past 50 years. I'm glad to know there are guys like Joaquin still out there, and I'm saddened to think that my generation is bridging the gap between his, and the current generation. I really liked the family aspect of the story as [...]

    3. A very good book by a Texas Ranger legend, H. Joaquin Jackson. Jackson was a Ranger from 1966 to 1993, who watched over the Texas-Mexico border from Uvalde on down. He recounts his career from when he joined the Rangers to when he retired. An interesting book that I recommend highly to those who love hearing stories about a Texas institution. It's a sparely written book that is pretty much straight forward. Not complex, but still interesting.

    4. Not a bad listen. A lot of time is spent paying homage to and profusely praising the author’s fellow Texas Rangers. About two thirds through it seems as if a whole bunch of vignettes that didn’t shape up into full chapters are jumbled together. Definitely worthwhile as a memoir from a different walk of life.

    5. I'm about half-way through this book and I love it. This is a wonderful story and Joaquin Jackson is a great story teller. I'll update my review when I finish this book.7.1.2009This was a wonderful book. Joaquin Jackson tells an amazing story about his life in the Texas Rangers (the REAL Rangers -- not the baseball team). It's somewhat sad in the end as he realizes that Texas is changing and the new Rangers are able to take advantage of the technology around them while he is still of the mold fr [...]

    6. I think this quick and easy read should be mandatory for every Texan, and probably every teenage boy. It tracks the life of Joaquin Jackson, one of the last of the real frontier Texas Rangers from his early life as a ranch hand, to watching his son be convicted of murder, and several of the high-profile cases he worked, and some of his more interesting ones. I think what I loved most about it was his love for Texas and the honor and respect he paid to the Rangers he served with and who came befo [...]

    7. Wow. My first clear memories are of Texas. We moved away when I was 8, but I've always called Texas home. If I had it all to do over again, I would aspire to being a ranger. This book gives a glimpse into the life a Texas Ranger. It has ups and downs. Some parts will break your heart, while others will make you laugh. A sports idol is just that, an idol. Yes, he makes good money, but he spends his life playing a game. A true hero is a man like Joaquin Jackson. A man who put his life on the line [...]

    8. This is a good memoir of a young man that grew up with the fabled Texas Ranger's law enforcers as his heroes - the way many in other parts of the United States may have felt about the fabled Eliot Ness and his 'Untouchables.' As a native Texan, I found the reflections on the changes in Texas over the past half century very interesting. These include changes in the society, culture, law enforcement techniques and the individuals and personalities involved.If you have any interest in recent histor [...]

    9. Jackson is a Ranger from a transitional period. He straddled an era with one dusty boot where lawmen's methods were as unsavory as the outlaws they hunted while the other boot strode forward into a future where justice was pursued with practiced precision and scrutiny. One Ranger is a great read with each chapter its own story, a collection of memoirs where you can open read one chapter today and another next year and revel in each entry without the continuity of reading them together.Great anec [...]

    10. I read this book because I visited Big Bend in November and this book seemed to be an extension of the trip. In one particularly sad story, the author tells how he tracked down the people who had shot at 3 river runners in Colorado Canyon of the Rio Grande in 1988. Other stories of law enforcement are interesting and reveal much about how it works in Texas in modern times. Jackson comes off sounding like a truly honest good guy.

    11. Knowing H. Joaquin before the book was published did not diminish the vast wealth of knowledge I discovered reading One Ranger: A Memoir. I learned so much that completes my admiration and respect for H. Joaquin Jackson. A Man among Men. A Living Legend. The depth of his character and his life is a great read. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in modern history, law enforcement and the Texas Rangers.Doran W IngrhamInactive US MarineRetired Risk Management Specialist

    12. If you take it at face value then this a good memoir about a real American gun-toting John Wayne-type with a heart of gold. If you take it with a grain of salt then you have a great book with a narrator who presents himself with a heroic aura -- but whom the reader can suspect is hiding a few secrets in the darkness beyond the spotlight. Recommend.

    13. When a man discovers Johnny Rodriguez on the side of a road drunk before he's even famous, loses a basketball scholarship while in college, goes on to become a Texas Ranger (cop not baseball player-read the book); and then has a son who steals a car, robs two men for $11 and then kills them you have to be interested in his life story.

    14. Enjoyed reading about this iconic Texas Ranger~~a real Texas Ranger. His stories cover Texas from the Rio Grande Valley to the Texas Hill Country. Living in Austin, and growing up in San Antonio with in-laws in South Texas, i took a personal interest in his stories. There's laughter, tragedy and history in this book. Enjoyed his story telling.

    15. I had the pleasure of meeting Joaquin Jackson in Ruidoso in October. His compelling story of his life as a Texas Ranger is amazing. His sharing of a personal tragedy shocked me! It will shock you too. The book is captivating and a strong read for anyone who still sees lawmen as heroes.

    16. I really liked this book, it was a wonderful memoir and most of the stories were captivating. The reason I didn't give it 4 stars is because there was a lot of technical jargon and the beginning was a bit hard to start but it ended up being a great read in the end. What a great man.

    17. Excellent book about a man who gave his life to a great legacy, organization and state. Incredible stories of modern 20th century law enforcement in Texas. Bad guys have changed over the years but the risk and dangers to enfoce the law are still the same.

    18. Joaquin Jackson's autobiographical account of his years as a Texas Ranger. A good read, especially for those interested in law enforcement in general, or the Texas Rangers in particular. Replete with true to life stories of Jackson's experiences as a Ranger until his retirement in 1993.

    19. Some chapters were great, some good, but I felt like Jackson held back a lot of tales. I guess I will have to buy the sequel. It didn't make me feel like I was a part of the action, but it did offer a great window into old-time law enforcement and Texas history.

    20. Honest heartfelt story of a 1960s-1990s Texas Ranger,focusing on his life and career, both the failings and the triumphs. I normall read books fast, it's a good book that makes me slow down and read only a chapter a day to make a book last longer. This is one of those books.

    21. You will laugh, cry and be entertainedGreat history on the Texas Rangers, Texas and the man Joaquin Jackson. Well written, with great descriptive story telling, excellent.

    22. He was too preoccupied with describing each and every person in excruciating detail. Read it because of the movie but only 30 pages before stopping.

    23. Fantastic set of stories, really. Bought this on a whim at the LBJ ranch in Stonewall, TX. Wasn't sure what it would be like, but I couldn't put it down. Fantastic.

    24. Very interesting account of life as a Texas Ranger and experiences associated with his career. Also incorporates a historical account of Texas settlement and development.

    25. I love Texas and I love history. this autobiography was perfect for me it included facts about so many wonderful Texans, one of whom I went to high school with. I ail definately be reading this agail

    26. The beginning was slow, and the last few pages got tiresome,but everything in between was a very interesting read. Looking forward to reading his second book.

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