H. JOAQUIN JACKSON (1935-2016) retired from the Texas Rangers in 1993, after a twenty-seven-year career. In 2006, he was awarded the William Penn Award for public service by the Penn Club of Philadelphia. DAVID MARION WILKINSON is an award-winning writer whose most recent books are Oblivion's Altar, The Empty Quarter, and Not between Brothers.
""A powerful, moving read. . . . One Ranger is as fascinating as
the memoirs of nineteenth-century Rangers James Gillett and George
Durham, and the histories by Frederick Wilkins and Walter Prescott
Webb--and equally as important." - True West
"A straight-shooting book that blow[s] a few holes in the Ranger myth while providing more ammunition for the myth's continuation. . . . reads more like a novel than [an] autobiography . . ." - Austin American-Statesman
"Superb memoir . . . One Ranger is Jackson's own story, a personal tale of adventure, service, love, grief, heartache, and hope. Yet embodied within its pages is the story of every Ranger--the pages of the book are thick with the weight of history. Jackson well knows his place in the continuum of the Texas Rangers, the history of Texas, and the epic of what is today the American Southwest." - America's 1st Freedom
"The writing smacks of the truths that are hard-won from a lifetime of dealing out justice--sometimes on horseback, like the Lone Ranger used to do--in a lonesome terrain where your word is only as good as the gun and the reputation that back it up." - Texas Monthly