The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Professor Hundley is not reticent about second guessing the
Department of State. He is also addicted to the loaded adjective
or adverb in describing the principle actors in this drama. His
tendency to use them favorably in describing regional represent-
atives, especially those from California, and pejoratively or not
at all for national, non-legislative figures seems unfortunate
to this reviewer, as it mars a book otherwise notable for its
clear statement of basic issues and the interests behind them.
Phil Swing, the San Bernardino Congressman and later lob-
byist for Imperial Valley irrigation interests, is usually "the for-
midable Phil Swing" although occasionally he may be only "ambi-
tious and intelligent" as he "shrewdly" checks the moves of his
opponents while supporting his own cause with "magnificent en-
thusiasm." I cannot recall any State Department representative
such as Charles Evans Hughes, Cordell Hull, Sumner Welles,
Dean Acheson, or Laurence Duggan being graced by an adjective,
although the "ineptness" of James Byrnes is duly noted. In one
curious sentence the author describes an Arizona governor as
both the "hot-tempered George W. P. Hunt" and as the "cautious
Hunt."
Hundley makes full and imaginative use of United States
sources. He has, as he remarks, "made liberal use of Mexican
newspapers, periodicals, and printed government documents"
and it is unfortunate that the relevant materials in the Mexican
archives were not open to him. His knowledge of domestic Mex-
ican politics, while exceptional for a United States historian,
does not match what appears to this reviewer as his comprehen-
sive knowledge of regional and national politics in the United
States. The difficulty of knowing equally well the internal pol-
itics of two nations is one of the inherent difficulties of a topic
such as this. Professor Hundley has done extremely well.
University of Texas JOHN HARRISON
Major Trends in Mexican Philosophy. Translated by A. Robert
Caponigri. South Bend (The University of Notre Dame
Press), 1966. Pp. viii+328. Appendices, bibliography, index.
$7.50.
One of the most encouraging aspects of the field of Latin Amer-

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