*2021 Best Book Award by AMG Indie Book Awards.**Bronze Award Winner for Memoir/Autobiography in the 2020 Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards.*Once you meet Isaac Bladen, you'll never forget him. The Eyes of Texans: From Slavery to the Texas Capitol is an award-winning book by Melvin E. Edwards, an award-winning newspaper reporter/columnist, and a former legislative speechwriter for long-time Texas Lt. Governor and Governor Rick Perry. Edwards' thirty years of genealogy research confirmed family stories that had been told for decades, exposed some that weren't accurate, and discovered details that had long been buried. These "first-person" accounts will capture your attention and take you on a drive-by of the past 200 years of American and Texas history. This is a story of Texas through the eyes of true Texans. From a slave in the 19th century to a governor's speechwriter by the end of the 20th century. It is a creative re-telling based on actual events and family stories.READER REVIEWS: -- This book is absolutely incredible. I felt transported into the past and could almost hear, see, and taste the book. Melvin Edwards is clearly a gifted writer, no author other than William Kowalski has piqued my imagination quite so well, and I hope he continues to write more books.-- I highly recommend this book. It's very well written and makes it easy to see how Mel Edwards became a speechwriter for the highest officials in Texas. I also appreciate the perspective it gives an old white guy, like me, on race relations. Another thing that comes through loud and clear is Mel's love for Texas. A great read -- The book is awesome Totally pulls you in. I felt like I was sitting right there on the porch eating sweet potato pie and listening live. Truly a great read and loved learning about Melvin's family and their strength and tenacity. Lots of emotions.