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

Book Reviews

federal "polygamy hunts." Nor did he fail to include Fish's impres-
sions of the Mormon persecutions of the Gentiles. Although Fish was
absent during the Mountain Meadows Massacre, he knew those in-
volved, and on the basis of his own investigation he drew definite
conclusions about the responsibility for the death of 125 non-Mormons.
Historians, librarians, and history buffs will find that Krenkel's
edition of Fish's journal contains many interesting details about pio-
neering in Utah and Arizona. However, some scholars, intrigued by
the details given in the book, may wish to examine those portions of
the manuscript not used in the published version.
The Dallas Cowboys and the NFL. By Donald Chipman, Randolph
Campbell, and Robert Calvert. (Norman: University of Oklahoma
Press, 1970. Pp. xiv + 252. Illustrations, appendices, bibliography,
index. $6.95.)
So far as I know, in the myriad of histories of professional football
teams this book marks the first time that an inside study of the organ-
ization and financing of such a team has been probed more than
superficially. If it had not been for the youth revolt and the dissidence
over Viet Nam the decade of the 196o's might well have been desig-
nated as the decade of professional football. Jokes and cartoons, often
bitter, appear frequently concerning the tensions caused by the hus-
band's devotion to Sunday's America in a style and to a degree rem-
iniscent of those perpetrated earlier in the century when man loved
his Tin Lizzie more than his wife and family, or the 192o's when the
game of bridge, especially as depicted by Webster, superseded food,
clothing, or shelter as the basic necessity of life. Much can be said for
the sociological and the economic impact on a nation of grown men
(and not a few women) braving snow and sleet or sitting glued to a
television set as if this is what life is all about, while they shout "Kill,
Bubba, killl"
Yet here is an industry that occupies an important segment of Amer-
ican time and attention. It is an enormously sophisticated industry
that has worked out complex statistics to select the best thrower of a
forward pass, that has reformed television habits, and that has estab-
lished intricate regulations for drafting college football players, writ-
ing contractual obligations and options, and providing division of live


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