All the Way from Yoakum

All the Way from Yoakum : The Personal Journey of a Political Insider

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One of the founders of the modern Republican Party in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a state party committee woman and was the first Jewish woman to run as a Republican for the state legislature. Becoming active in politics in the 1950s, she was closely involved in the early career of George H. W. Bush. A member of the prominent Texas family that owned Foley Brothers department store and gave Cohen House to Rice University, she recalls the contentious mid-century division in the Jewish community over the issue of Zionism. Formerly president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a national spokesperson for a major American anti-Zionist organization. When she turned seventy, Arsht was working in the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington while also serving as a regent of Texas Southern University and running the energy development and investment company founded by her late husband. From her childhood as a member of one of the few Jewish families in small-town Yoakum, Texas, to her years of political activism and social involvement, she offers a moving account that will provide both inspiration and an understanding of how the Republican Party came to dominate Texas politics.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 154.9 x 238.8 x 22.9mm | 589.68g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 22 b&w photos, index
  • 1585444766
  • 9781585444762

Review quote

"As President of the United States, I was privileged to meet kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers, and even a few dictators and despots along the way. But I'm not sure any of them compared to Marjorie Arsht, a life force in Texas politics for as long as I can remember. Marjorie was a true pioneer, opening doors for women, and for Republicans-a rare breed in Texas before she came along. However, until I read All the Way From Yoakum even I did not fully understand what Marjorie was about. In this revealing, funny and poignant memoir, Marjorie shares all the joys and heartaches of her remarkable life, proving what Barbara and I already knew: This girl from Yoakum is truly a Texas legend."--George Herbert Walker Bushshow more

About Majorie Meyer Arsht

Now in her nineties, MAJORIE MEYER ARSHT lives in Houston, where she still faces life with energy and verve.show more