The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

torical fact within a fictional framework, Mrs. Kirkland sees that
these two ingredients are well blended. Her handling of this
intricate mass of material, weaving it into a five hundred page
novel full of strong characterizations and vivid portrayals of
frontier existence, shows writing talent equal to her great energy
and imagination. Those who have previous knowledge of the
narrative's events, personalities, and geographical settings will be
impressed by her accuracy of detail, which obviously is the result
of long and careful research. Anyone wishing to do background
reading on her factual sources, as this reviewer did, will not only
recognize the writer's ability as an investigator, but will be re-
warded by an exciting sort of historical adventure.
Do not be put off by the title. This is a good book, and Elithe
Kirkland is a thoroughly accomplished writer.
In her introduction, she credits Dr. H. Bailey Carroll, director
of the Texas State Historical Association, and Dr. George W.
Salmon, Houston physician, with bringing about her first contact
with the Harriet Ames material. It is to be hoped that this trium-
virate of literary scout, impresario, and writer will continue their
creditable activities in the years to come.
BOB POOL
Will Clayton: A Short Biography. By Ellen Clayton Garwood.
Austin (University of Texas Press), 1958. Pp. 164. Illustra-
tions. $3.oo.
With the Cold War now well into its second decade, we can
begin to view the continuing crisis with a sense of prespective.
The dramatic episodes-the Berlin blockade, the Korean War,
the Suez debacle-remain as significant landmarks, but beneath
the surface the long-run decisions and policies become more ap-
parent. For American policy, the most crucial decision came in
1947 when the United States developed the Marshall Plan to
stimulate the economic recovery of Europe. From that action has
flowed the one shining success of American diplomacy in the Cold
War-the creation of a vigorous Western Europe firmly opposed
to Soviet expansion.
In the biography of her father, Mrs. Garwood reveals the cre-
ative role played by Will Clayton in the evolution of the Marshall

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