Where Texas Meets the Sea: Corpus Christi and Its History (Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series)

Editorial Reviews


Lessoff’s call to recognize the rise of urban Texas is valuable and rewarding for both historians and local residents. ― Western Historical Quarterly Published On: 2015-11-01

This book is a model for other historians to test in other places—in Texas, the Southwest, and other regions. It is a great urban history and an excellent source for readers both familiar with and new to the city’s history. ― Southwestern Historical Quarterly Published On: 2016-04-01

An important contribution to the growing body of work on Sunbelt cities. . . . [It] proves that the history of successes, anxieties, and new starts in ‘peripheral’ cities might be just as important, if not more so, than the urban monoliths of history and historiography such as New York and Chicago. ― Pacific Historical Review Published On: 2016-11-01

A well-researched and interesting addition to urban history in an understudied region. The author incorporates environmental history nicely and demonstrates why Corpus Christi has not been able to achieve long-term success like many of its neighboring cities. ― Journal of Southern History Published On: 2016-05-01


Where Texas Meets the Sea is the definitive history of Corpus Christi. In this expansive and nuanced portrait of place, Alan Lessoff charts the captivating life of a dynamic and often misunderstood city. He tracks the storms―meteorological, political, cultural, and economic―that have shaped Corpus, and he renders the area and its people with rare insight. The city has long been overlooked by historians, and it’s rarely been put in its deserved larger context, but in Where Texas Meets the Sea, Lessoff ends the silence. It was worth the wait.” — Western Historical Quarterly

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