The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938

Book Reviews

it imperative that the United States Government, in order to enjoy
commercial and cultural contacts with these countries, abandon
the "big brother" policy and attempt to improve our relations with
these countries by removing the causes for intervention; giving
no further cause for Latin-American hostility; disseminating
knowledge about these countries; clearing up popular misconcep-
tions; and by following the "good neighbor" policy made popular
by President Roosevelt. Finally, in the discussion of the Broader
Phases of Our Foreign Policy in part three, is found the statement
of the real theme of the book. That theme is that the general
policies pursued by our Government toward the powers of the
world, particularly in regard to world peace, are a matter of infinite
moment to the people of the Southwest. To promote world peace,
the great hope of all America, the writers advocate, in the main,
two things: first, the virtue of a fair scheme of revisionism as
against the maintenance of the status quo; and second, the adoption
of the broader view of internationalism instead of the very narrow
and dangerous one of nationalism.
On dipping into these pages one first gets the impression of a
sort of babble of tongues, as the viewpoints expressed in the round
table discussions differed sharply from those of the prepared papers,
but more careful perusal reveals harmony of thought on most of
the major issues.
CLAUDE ELLIOTT.
Southwest Texas State Teachers College.
Journal of a Cruise to the Pacific Ocean, 184~-1844, in the Frigate
United States, with Notes on Herman Melville. Edited by
Charles Robert Anderson. With eleven water-colors from
the journal of William H. Meyers. (Durham, N. C.: Duke
University Press, 1937. Pp. 143. Price, $2.50.)
This volume reproduces from the Naval Records and Library
an anonymous diary kept on board the Pacific fleet flagship United
States during a cruise along the Pacific coast and to the South
Sea Islands in 1842-1844. The author is partially identified as a
yeoman whose access to the ship's logbook and other records ac-
counts for the combination of accuracy and discursiveness in the
running narrative. Many incidental matters of historic interest,

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101103/. Accessed July 29, 2014.