The New Legacy

32597-dust jacket new legacy-optThe fact that this book was first published in 1987, republished in 1988, and published again in 2002 attests to the worth of its contents. The philosophy of the author is just as fresh and applicable today as it was when the first copy entered the bookstores in the late 1980s.

Although Dippel has been described as one of the most powerful men in Texas, as well as, a philosophical leader of Texas' emerging conservative generation, these labels should not intimidate the reader. There's no doubt the author is brilliant, yet his humble beginnings and background forged him into a modest man who writes from the heart. He loves family, God, America, and Texas, and the purpose of this book is to inspire Texans as they meet new challenges in the future.

Since the author is so grounded in his native heritage, the book appropriately begins with a chapter about his childhood. It is rich with anecdotes; most of which concern his father who firmly believed every man had a personal responsibility to better the world in all areas. This lesson made an impact on Dippel, and Chapter I is titled, Passing the Torch. The writer did indeed take up his father's teachings, and personal responsibility is the cornerstone upon which this entire book is based.

Chapter II discusses Family Values; Chapter III is concerned with Texas in Transition from the Old West to the New West. Chapter IV addresses the Relationship and Politics within Our Society, and Chapter V concludes with Levels of Awareness in Politics. No matter what the topic, the author continues to stress the concept of enlightened conservatism - a code of behavior based on a compelling belief in personal responsibility in any venture.

This is an interesting book written for the layman who can not help but enjoy every subject, from the memories of the early Texan settlers to the more complicated machinations of government.

Within the pages of The New Legacy

  • Our Father's Words
  • Passing the Torch
  • Family 
  • Texas In Transition 
  • Relationships Of Ideas and Politics Within Society
  • Levels of Awareness

Endorsements for The New Legacy

Editorial Contributions:

Tim Richardson, Former Editor of the Quorun Report wrote:

When I saw the acclaimed excerpts of Tieman Dippel's book, The New Legacy, I requested copies of the galley of this long anticipated work. The excerpts were excellent, but in full context the book will make an even larger contribution.

To say that a book that spends a great part of its time talking about small town life and values in Texas, and then moves into diverse discussions of future changes due to international competition, political trends, and a host of other issues, could be a singularly influential book to the future of Texas, sounds trite. However, I predict that twenty-years from now that may be the observation if Texas has emerged as a state of destiny that has reached beyond the shackles of partisan politics and its present failures to maximize human potential. The author and content are significantly important, but it is the synergism of the masterful perspective of life, of responsibility, and history that blend with the vacuum that presently exists in Texas. This book is an inspiration to a sense of destiny because it gives Texans a choice between two futures.

There can be increasingly partisan politics and a muddling through, or a vision of Texas being a third coast of thought for a common good with coordinated goals.

Dippel is often listed as one of the state's most influential leaders, but his power does not lie in being what one would call 'the networker's network,' in being a fundraiser and organizer, or a key advisor to many government officials. Far more important, he is a philosophical leader of the emerging baby boom population whose demographics can overwhelm the state's political structure at will. He is a political independent who understands the importance of ideas in a state that any presidential candidate must win to have any hope of success. The New Legacy is a masterful book in that it is not a political diatribe that tries to convince, but a thoughtful book that leads to asking the right questions. It is a book that helps every individual gain critical perspective not only into themselves, but also into the areas of power such as economics, politics and media. While it is a book that should be required reading for every politician, it is more importantly a book that parents should read with their children. Dippel realizes that we get the government we elect and our level of consciousness and sense of responsibility are the real keys to our future success. I predict that this book will reach all key leaders of thought, but its real value will lie in how it is accepted and how popular it is among the population. It is one of the few recent works that I have seen that has the sense of vision, integrity and values that could hopefully inspire popular involvement in the process.

Jack Martin, Former Texas Business Publisher wrote:

The New Legacy is a book about survival. It contains timeless truths and principles that the western world, to its detriment, is turning its back on today. It will be difficult for any to denounce this work because it is a desperately needed search for perspective. Dippel has history’s many examples on his side, he is intelligent and learned, and he addresses his readers with urgency and concern.

Former Governor Allan Shivers about a year before he died remarked: “Dippel represents the desire for cohesive leadership versus the divided approach. He believes that sincerity and truthfulness outweigh deceit and misrepresentation….” Former Governor John Connally has called Dippel a “young man of vision” who has proven his commitment to every sector of our society. Respect is one constant word one hears when Dippel’s name is mentioned; friend and foe alike acknowledge his integrity.

Through the years, Dippel (40) has tended to his duties as CEO of Brenham Bancshares, Inc. and its affiliates while actively taking up countless causes. Asked why he remains in small-town Brenham instead of selling the family business and moving to a major city in the state, Dippel quotes the answer his father gave to him: “Brenham still holds the values that first brought your great grandfather to this state almost 100 years ago. Some of these values will change, but most will remain the same as they have throughout history….”

Dippel’s father was trying to leave his son a legacy of traditional values. Dippel recounts the instructions he had from his father—the principles he hopes to live by today. At this momentous time in history, its those values and principles that give Dippel clear insight and vision to peel away illusion and reveal reality on issues that beset Texas and the western world.

It’s the old legacy that in truth has become the new legacy, and if Dippel is right, it is the only one, external legacy that we should leave to our children. Dippel believes that Texans have to change their behavior just as much as the rest of the population of the United States if they are to have a more glorious future than past. Dippel warns us that America is on a downward slide similar to that of other nations in history; just because we live here doesn’t mean it won’t happen and that we can remain complacent. Evidence, Dippel asserts, is all around that we are in decline—be it the breakdown of our families, our budget deficit, trade deficit, lack of confidence in our leaders, sleazy business practices, down-right laziness, protectionism, sexual permissiveness, and forsaking individual responsibility. On top of which there is no overall agreement on what we stand for as a nation. Is it any wonder our young are cynical? There is confusion and indifference everywhere. “Live now—pay later” seems to be the general attitude, and Dippel warns that payday is just around the corner.

The only hope lies in drastic change and staunchly seeking sound economic values and principles, as well as developing citizens who take pride in individual responsibility. Dippel asks us to pause and contemplate what it was that made the United States of America a most noble and freedom loving country. Especially, he says, we must ask why Texas is losing its reputation as the last outpost of people who clung to the traditional values of self-discipline, character, and courage. We should never lose sight of what really made Texas a truly great state. It’s not the state’s size, although that is impressive, or its mineral wealth, which is world-renowned, or its agricultural output which supplies food stuffs in massive abundance. Our greatest resource, our most magnificent product has always been our people.

Dippel reckons that if Texas fails to reach its potential, it will in large part be due to the popular notion that to take the struggle out of our existence, to make life easy, is to make life good. This neglects to realize that it is the struggle in life that creates character, and it’s character in people that builds excellence, and it’s that excellence that produces a truly honored state or nation.

Individual greatness, statewide greatness, and national greatness all stem from the same thing: the will to confront adversity and overcome it. We must ask ourselves if the current generation of Texans will react to adversity as well as those who preceded us.

Dippel assures Texans that if they confront problems with integrity, ethics, and responsibility as stewards of the future, the state will overcome its present grave situation. History is against this happening, but if it does occur, Dippel’s book, The New Legacy will be recorded as a significant contribution made at the eleventh hour.


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