The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

tional Bank monograph are almost worth the price of the book. An-
other notable feature of the latter is the endpaper map based on an
1885 "Bird's Eye View of El Paso" by Augustus Koch. (When will
someone undertake an extended study into the contribution of this
gifted German Texan artist?)
It seems to this reviewer that a comparison might be drawn between
designer Hertzog and the late German composer, Richard Strauss.
Although his inspiration fluctuated, Strauss was unquestionably a
master of orchestration, who knew exactly what elements to draw
upon to create the effect he wanted. He once averred that he could
compose a musical picture of a glass of beer. Like Strauss, Hertzog
knows the elements needed to bring about a composition in harmony
with the subject matter. In so doing, this master printer leaves vir-
tually all his competitors in the dust. Waiting for them at the finish
is Old Carlos himself-blowing the foam off Strauss' beer.
Institute of Texas Cultures AL LOWMAN
Mr. De: A Biography of Everette Lee DeGolyer. By Lon Tinkle.
(Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1970. Pp. xix+393. I1-
lustrations, appendix, bibliographical note, index, $7.95.)
Here is a volume devoted to the greatest petroleum geologist-the
pioneer of geophysical exploration who revolutionized the oil industry.
DeGolyer not only embodied a balance between applied science and
corporate business but also made available to the public his vast
book collections on science, geology, and Western Americana.
The author presents the career highlights of Mr. De, in addition
to his many outside interests and facets of personality-from his lack
of concern for power to his fondness for jalapenos. Yet Tinkle has
written neither literary nor historical biography. Rather, the book is
a patchwork of sketches and reflections on the nature of the entire
man. Moreover, the work suffers from a defective bibliography, a lack
of clear-cut biographical stages and continuity in presentation, much
repetition, and a complete absence of documentation.
Unfortunately, the account of DeGolyer's early life is marred by
factual errors and distortions-especially concerning Compafiia Mexi-
cana de Petroleo "El Aguila" S.A., the development of the petroleum
industry in Mexico, and the first decade of the Mexican Revolution.
In 1911 Mexico produced a mere 3.7 percent, rather than 25 percent,


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