photo by Tara Spies Smith

photo by Tara Spies Smith

Steven L. Davis is a PEN USA award-winning author and editor of several books. His writing has been described as "lively," "groundbreaking" and "illuminating."

His new book, co-written with Bill Minutaglio, is THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon & the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD.

Davis is the current President of the Texas Institute of Letters, a literary honor society founded in 1936 with an elected membership consisting of the state’s most respected writers. He is considered "one of Texas' leading scholars of its indigenous culture." He is a longtime curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, which holds the papers of many major authors.

His previous books include Dallas 1963, winner of the PEN USA Award for Research Nonfiction. He is also the author of the acclaimed books, J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind and Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond.

 

Winner of the PEN USA Award for Research Nonfiction

A Must-Read. One of the Five Essential Kennedy Assassination Books Ever Written. - The Daily Beast

One of the Best Books of the Year: Amazon, Kirkus, The New Republic, Washington Post's "The Fix," the Seattle Times, The Oklahoman, The Kansas City Star

After fifty years, it’s a challenge to fashion a new lens with which to view the tragic events of November 22, 1963—yet Texans [Minutaglio and Davis] pull it off brilliantly. - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

A chilling ... vivid picture of a volatile city ... The accounts of events in 1963 unfold in the book like a thriller novel.- Associated Press

This engrossing narrative vividly captures the tensions in the Kennedy-Dallas crucible...and will grip readers interested in the roots of Kennedy's political challenges and his assassination. - Library Journal (starred review)

 

If you love Texas, you should read this book." —Southwestern Historical Quarterly

At last, after a long wait, we have a crisp, reliable, and thorough biography of J. Frank Dobie... Steve Davis gives us a much richer understanding of Dobie than we have had previously.” — Larry McMurtry

A "lively re-creation of the man and his times...[Dobie] was a Texan who focused his liberated mind on the mightiest issues of his time." — Dallas Morning News

 

Groundbreaking...highly entertaining —San Antonio Express-News

A heroic work resting on a sturdy tripod of extensive scholarship, fluid writing and trenchant but bottomlessly humane criticism.  —Austin American-Statesman

Fascinating...a vivid account of their extraordinary lives. —Houston Chronicle

 

Now in paperback with a new introduction