The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951

Book Reviews

These boys had grown up with our family, and we rejoiced with their
families when one by one they all returned. Many friends had sons
we had known in Menard and Austin, who had been reported lost
but were in concentration camps, and returned also. How can any
of us forget!
Many, indeed, are the persons who today remember the author
and her family from their associations with her and can testify
about her deep sympathy.
This book, then, will have an appeal to persons who can trace
their ancestors back half a century and more to persons who set-
tled the Edwards Plateau, and to others who through ties of
family and friendship knew the Black and Winslow families.
Those readers, also, who look for wholesomeness and naturalness
in a book will want to read this book about Rancho Escondido
and its good people.
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
Le Secret de Junipero Serra, Fondateur de la Californie-Nouvelle,
1769-1784. By Charles Maximin Piette, O.F.M., Washington
(The Academy of American Franciscan History), 1949. Vol.
I, pp. xxix+451; Vol. II, pp. 595. Maps, illustrations.
Here is the record of a life and its influence on the establish-
ment of the missions in California, colored with sympathy as
any labor of love undoubtedly would be, yet well-documented,
comprehensive, and apparently accurate. Dr. Piette, in a conver-
sational style, brings to life a devoted and inspiring personality.
Following an orderly arrangement, the two-volume account
covers three principal periods: the training of the pioneer, 171 3-
1769; the birth of California, 1769-1784; and the Calvary and
crucifixion of Junipero. The order and arrangement prevail
throughout the subdivisions of each of these three sections.
Le Secret is not just another biography of that great founder
of California, Junipero Serra. It is tremendous in scope, record-
ing the details of his life, particularly those connected with his
trials during the years 1769-1784, and above all showing the
richness and beauty of his soul. Dr. Piette declares that his only
ambition is to present objectively this celebrated missionary
whose remarkable personality has been too little known. Some
historians and novelists have given glory to Junipero's deeds;

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/. Accessed May 24, 2015.