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'Ideal' recounts lives of first seven Texas Rangers

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The University of North Texas Press published the first of a three-volume history of the Texas Rangers.

The Ranger Ideal: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame 1823-1861 (UNT Press, $39. 95) by Darren Ivy features capsule biographies of the seven Texas Rangers who were inducted into the elite law enforcement group before the Civil War: Stephen F. Auston, who laid the foundations of ranger service; John C. Hayes, Ben McCulloch, Samuel H. Walker, William A.A. "Bigfoot" Wallace; John S. Ford and Lawrence Sul Ross. 

The Ranger Ideal: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame 1823-1861. By Darren L. Ivey.UNT Press
The Ranger Ideal: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame 1823-1861. By Darren L. Ivey.
UNT Press

Ivey uses primary records and vetted secondary sources to tell the story of the seven rangers, and carefully reject apocryphal tales that persist. 

The remaining volumes are expected to cover the remaining Texas Rangers inducted at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum in Waco.