The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971

Book Reviews

leader who insisted that "if America was to go forward, she would
have to go left," he is critical of aspects of his programs and realizes
that many questions about Long must remain unanswered because at
the time of his assassination in 1935 he himself had not resolved them.
John B. Connally, former governor of Texas, in a brief introduction
tries to bring these diverse essays into focus and relate them to Walter
Prescott Webb, his concerns, and his career. Connally's comments on
Green's essay-which examines events that occurred during his tenure
as governor-are particularly interesting as he seeks to place the
radical right within a more balanced perspective.
This brief volume of essays is both thoughtful and informative, a
worthy addition to the three volumes already published in the series
of Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures.
University of Kentucky RICHARD LowITT
The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower: The War Years. Edited by
Alfred D. Chandler. (5 vols.; Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins
Press, 1970. Pp. xiii + 2,960. Notes, bibliography, maps, glossary,
chronology, indices. $75.)
It is appropriate that the initial volumes of a published series of
Dwight Eisenhower's papers be an account of his World War II ex-
periences. With the exception of General Eisenhower's letters to his
wife, the editors examined all available papers dealing with these
experiences in public archives and private collections in the United
States and the United Kingdom.
The task of choosing from among 15,000,000 items was solved by
restricting publication consideration to those papers which the Gen-
eral personally wrote, dictated, initialed, signed, or was known to
have had a part in preparing. This winnowing process was simplified
still further by excluding all perfunctory correspondence-condolences,
congratulations, and the like. Exclusion of much of the nonmilitary
correspondence would have sharpened the work.
Editorial footnotes serve to locate and summarize the content of all
incoming materials pertaining to each document, identify concisely the
individuals mentioned in the General's correspondence, and refer the
reader to secondary sources which amplify or supplement the anno-
tations. In short, the editor has succeeded in presenting "in as clear
and usable form as possible a record of what General Eisenhower put
down on paper day by day during World War II."

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