The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 79, July 1975 - April, 1976

Book Reviews

an oft-told tale. The result bears marks of haste in careless errors, superficial
judgments, and uncritical use of sources. It adds little to previous efforts,
some by Faulk himself, but does serve up in one slim volume a competently
crafted and expressed narrative from which the uninformed reader may
gain the main outlines of this significant part of frontier and Indian history.
To support his treatment of the Victorio wars, Stout has dug more deep-
ly into original sources than did Faulk. Army and Indian Bureau records
as well as other contemporary testimony provide the basis for a short ac-
count of Victorio's determined and skillful struggle with civil officers,
military forces, and frontier settlers. There are careless mistakes in this
volume, too, some questionable interpretations, and background informa-
tion in a quantity approaching padding. Like Faulk's book, however, this
is a brief and on the whole reliable treatment of its subject, though not as
clear, complete, and authoritative as Dan L. Thrapp's recent Victorio and
the Mimbres Apaches.
National Park Service ROBERT M. UTLEY
Benito Judrez. By Ivie E. Cadenhead, Jr. (New York: Twayne Publishers,
Inc. 1974. Pp. I99. Bibliography, index. $5*95-)
This work relates the life and times of Benito Jurez, the patron saint
of Mexican politics. It traces his humble beginnings in Oaxaca and his
steady rise to prominence on the national scene until he came to dominate
the liberal cause in Mexican politics from 1855 to his death in 1872. In the
preparation of this book the author has done his homework well: the
bibliography indicates that the essential primary and secondary sources in
both English and Spanish have been utilized. Extensive notes supplement
the text and are used to expound upon the many controversies surrounding
the career of Mexico's greatest president.
The author was awarded a prize by the Organization of American States
for the best historical study developing the theme of "Juarez and his epoch:
the universal repercussions of his work." This biography is an expanded
and revised version of that prize-winning essay. It is, therefore, surprising
that this should be the area in which the book is weakest. This reviewer
has failed to find an adequate explanation of why Juirez is so honored by
the modern Mexican. One looks in vain for the formative influences which
shaped this remarkable man and made him the foremost spokesman of
the liberal and patriotic forces of Mexico. The reader is promised that
"this book is the first attempt to relate in English in such a short space the
life and times of Benito Juarez" (preface). Unfortunately, the author de-

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