Hook R eviews
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE, Editor
History of Texas Christian University. By Colby D. Hall. Fort
Worth, Texas (Texas Christian University Press), 1947. Pp.
History of Texas Christian University is a somewhat senti-
mental survey of the life of an institution that has meant much
to the intellectual and spiritual development of the great state
of Texas. For a volume consisting of fewer than four hundred
pages the book contains a tremendous amount of detailed infor-
mation of persons and events associated with the school. The
collecting of this material and the selecting of those items that
should be ranked of sufficient importance to be included in the
printed work was no small task. For his efforts Dean Hall is due
a vote of thanks by those interested in Texas Christian University.
While this reviewer was a student in Texas Christian University,
he was impressed by the fact that the continued existence of the
college was made possible by the devotion and sacrifices of a
number of the early workers associated with the institution. Dr.
Hall has made these facts an important theme in his book. As
Dr. Hall states, the earlier period in the life story of Texas Chris-
tian University has been given relatively more space than that
of the later years. This is justified because there is more of
glamour to those earlier years now that they have been success-
fully passed and we are able to realize just how many sacrifices
the teachers and genuine friends of the organization made to keep
the school alive.
It has been the impression of this reviewer for a number of
years that athletic prowess in the student body of many of our
schools has played too prominent a role with the school groups
and in the reputations of the schools. This viewpoint appears
to be borne out in this history. Possibly athletic achievement
is not too much stressed in the book but in proportion real in-
tellectual accomplishment is given unimpressive consideration,
adding evidence for the conviction of many that the gladiatorial
concept in many of our schools is far too prominent.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101121/. Accessed April 25, 2014.