The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956

Book Reviews

with a certain lack of painstaking. For instance, in one paragraph
on Edward L. Doherty, he tells the size of the oilman's conserva-
tory and of his yacht, of his tipping habits, and of his being sued
by an architect for a punch in the face. The paragraph ends with
"His eyes were blue-gray and he wore a gray mustache." How all
that ties together takes a clearer eye than mine to perceive. He
lists, again on Doheny, reasons for his business success (quite apart
from his success with Secretary Albert Fall in the Teapot Dome
affray), and in the midst of the listing, he quotes Doheny as saying
that Mrs. Doheny was the greatest single factor in his success,
which is sweet and appropriate to testimonial dinners but which
hardly holds water in a wide-ranging career of a swashbuckling
oilman who knew how to venture-alone-throughout the vast
Southwest and Mexico. Such examples could go on at length, but
these should suffice to show that the crux of my estimate of the
book goes back to that earlier sentence-these are class notes, with
a sentence here for the dreaming co-ed and another there for the
boy who cannot keep his eyes from straying to the crossword puzzle.
In defense of the book it should be said that the selections are
good ones-Samuel Slater, William Gregg, Elias Howe, James B.
Eads, George Westinghouse, Henry Clay Frick, William L. Doug-
las, Elbert H. Gary, Thomas Coleman Du Pont, George Eastman,
John Dennis Ryan, and Doheny-a rather admirable selection
from a standpoint of time and of area and a rather interesting
mixture of championship and second flight business performers.
Because of its semi-popular approach and its brevity it can be read
at a sitting, so that if you know nothing about the subject here
is an easy approach. But if you are a reasonably serious scholar
you can utilize that single sitting much more effectively elsewhere.
The University of Texas
History and the Social Web. By August C. Krey. Minneapolis
(University of Minnesota Press), 1955. Pp. 269. $4.00.
It is a pleasure to read this series of essays, gathered together in
one volume from the pen of a distinguished American historian
of the Medieval World. Some of them are familiar to those who
have followed Dr. Krey's writings in learned journals, and one of


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