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As a boy in Houston, Bill Sarpalius, his brothers, and their mother lived an itinerant life. Bill dug food out of trashcans, and he and his brothers moved from one school to the next. They squatted in a vacant home while their mother, affectionately called “Honey,” battled alcoholism and suicidal tendencies. In an act of desperation, she handed her three sons over to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch north of Amarillo.

At the time, Bill was thirteen years old and could not read. Life at Boys Ranch had its own set of harrowing challenges, however. He found himself living in fear of some staff and older boys. He became involved in Future Farmers of America and discovered a talent for public speaking. When he graduated, he had a hundred dollars and no place to go. He worked hard, earned a scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and obtained a college degree. After a brief career as a teacher and in agribusiness, he won a seat in the Texas Senate. Driven by the memory of his suffering mother, he launched the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in an effort to help people struggling with addiction.

Sarpalius later served in the United States Congress. As a Lithuanian American, he took a special interest in that nation’s fight for independence from the Soviet Union. For his efforts, Sarpalius received the highest honor possible to a non-Lithuanian citizen and was named a “Grand Duke.”

The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch is a unique political memoir—the story of a life full of unlikely paths that is at once heartbreaking and inspirational.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Bill Hobby
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Part I. Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch
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  1. Chapter 1. Abandoned
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. Chapter 2. Cal Farley
  2. pp. 12-20
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  1. Chapter 3. A Schooling
  2. pp. 21-26
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  1. Chapter 4. The Rodeo
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Chapter 5. Homeless
  2. pp. 29-37
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  1. Chapter 6. Tascosa
  2. pp. 38-41
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  1. Chapter 7. Back to School
  2. pp. 42-52
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  1. Chapter 8. Growing Up
  2. pp. 53-58
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  1. Part II. Farming, My Future
  1. Chapter 9. Future Farmers of America
  2. pp. 61-72
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  1. Chapter 10. The Free World
  2. pp. 73-100
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  1. Chapter 11. Politics
  2. pp. 101-115
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  1. Chapter 12. Honey
  2. pp. 116-124
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  1. Part III. State Politics
  1. Chapter 13. A New Road to Travel
  2. pp. 127-139
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  1. Chapter 14. The Primary
  2. pp. 140-150
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  1. Chapter 15. The General Election
  2. pp. 151-159
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  1. Chapter 16. Am I In Over My Head?
  2. pp. 160-172
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  1. Chapter 17. My First Session
  2. pp. 173-183
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  1. Chapter 18. Fighting Mad
  2. pp. 184-196
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  1. Part IV. The Painful Road to National Politics
  1. Chapter 19. Finding My Father and Saving the FFA
  2. pp. 199-206
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  1. Chapter 20. A Walking Miracle
  2. pp. 207-214
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  1. Chapter 21. Agony Even in Victory
  2. pp. 215-229
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  1. Chapter 22. From Slot Machines to Congress
  2. pp. 230-235
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  1. Chapter 23. What Does He Have Planned for Me?
  2. pp. 236-247
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  1. Chapter 24. The Lithuanian Dream
  2. pp. 248-256
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  1. Part V. International Politics
  1. Chapter 25. The Fall of the Soviet Union
  2. pp. 259-272
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  1. Chapter 26. Fighting the Soviet Empire
  2. pp. 273-277
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  1. Chapter 27. The First Lady Comes to Boys Ranch
  2. pp. 278-285
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  1. Chapter 28. Voting for War
  2. pp. 286-290
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  1. Chapter 29. Losing What You Love
  2. pp. 291-299
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  1. Chapter 30. Grand Duke
  2. pp. 300-306
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 307-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-322
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781623496586
Related ISBN
9781623496579
MARC Record
OCLC
1031090706
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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