Old Riot, New Ranger
Award-winning author Bob Alexander presents a biography of 20th-century
Ranger Captain Jack Dean, who holds the distinction of being one of only
five men to serve in both the Officer’s Corps of the Rangers and also as
a President-appointed United States Marshal.
Jack Dean’s service in Texas Ranger history occurred at a time when the
institution was undergoing a philosophical revamping and restructuring,
all hastened by America’s Civil Rights Movement, landmark decisions
handed down by the United States Supreme Court, zooming advances in
forensic technology, and focused efforts designed to diversify and
professionalize the Rangers. His job choice caused him to circulate in
the duplicitous underworld of dishonesty and criminality where twisted
self-interest overrode compliance with societal norms. His biography is
packed with true-crime calamities: double murders, single murders,
negligent homicides, suicides, jailbreaks, manhunts, armed robberies and
home invasions, kidnappings, public corruption, sexual assaults, illicit
gambling, car-theft rings, dope smuggling, and arms trafficking.
“Bob Alexander personally interviewed Jack Dean, a renowned Texas lawman
who wore a badge for forty-three years. These conversations form the
core of a well-researched and fascinating account of Lone Star justice
from the mid-twentieth century into the new millennium.” —–Darren L.
Ivey, author of The Ranger Ideal, Volumes 1 and 2