Austin, Texas - Then & Now
A Photography Scrapbook
"I love this book."
WILL WYNN, Mayor of Austin
"Once you start comparing old photos with scenes you recognize, it's hard to put down."
MIKE COX, Austin American Statesman
"It is a remarkable look at a remarkable city."
CAROLE KEETEON STRAYORN, Texas Comptroller
"This volume beautifully reflect[s] the diverse sites of this unique place."
LLOYD DOGGETT, U.S. Congress
Mirabeau Lamar seeks nothing less than a Texas empire that will dominate the North American continent. Edward Fontaine, who works for and idolizes Lamar, vows to help his hero overcome all obstacles, including the substantial power of Sam Houston. Edwards' slave Jacob likes and admires his master, but cannot share his hatred of Houston. The loyalties of both Jacob and Edward are tested by President Lamar's belief that a righteous cause justifies any means necessary to sustain it.
"A sturdy historical novel recounting the adventures and misadventures of the second president of Texas . . . fans of Texas history will learn a thing or two from Kerr’s ripsnortin’ yarn."
Seat of Empire
The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas
"In his lively depiction of the founding of Austin as the capital of Texas, Kerr offers colorful accounts of the scenic setting, early settlers, and contentious times."
ALWYN BARR, author of Texans in Revolt: The Battle for San Antonio, 1835
"Kerr provides illuminating contexts for the passionately contested and inevitably politicized questions of location and sketches adroitly the picturesque (and often picaresque) pistol-packing politicos caught up in the jousts.
HAROLD HYMAN, William P. Hobby Professor of History Emeritus,
"Kerr's description of the rapid building of Austin is engrossing."
The Republic of Austin
“Jeff Kerr’s The Republic of Austin is a page-turner”
LUCI BAINES JOHNSON
“Jeff Kerr’s choice stories entertain and enlighten in equal measures.”
SCOTT ZESCH, author of The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier
“Kerr is an emerging, fascinating energy in the swelling lexicon of local lore.”
DAVID MARION WILKINSON, author of Not Between Brothers and One Ranger
“Authentic nuggets of Austin history, told with authority and style by an author who knows how to hold his reader’s interest.”
JOHN B. BOLES, William P. Hobby Professor of History, Rice University
The Last of the Moonlight Towers
"This excellent documentary does a lot to tell the full story of the moonlight towers."
MICHAEL BARNES, Austin American Statesman
"This is a fascinating and scholarly glimpse of a vestige of Austin that used to be. I'd always known about the moonlight towers, but now I really know about them."
STEPHEN HARRIGAN, author of Gates of the Alamo and Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas
BEST TEXAS FILM - 2020 Lake Travis Film Festival
A struggling writer.
A mysterious man with a wad of cash.
The opportunity of a lifetime: co-author a book with best-selling author Chester Everett McGraw.
All Skip Larson must do is sever ties to the outside world for six months and focus on his greatest passion: writing. It's an opportunity too good to pass up. But Skip should have known that nothing comes easy in life . . . or death.