The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 80, July 1976 - April, 1977

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Tenochtitlin, although reference is made to the compilation of texts deal-
ing with the Indian perception of the struggle. An epilogue traces the
politics behind the disinterments of the conquistador's remains.
The characterization of Cortes presents the conventional portrait of the
cunning adventurer who cheats his men out of booty but who can be
generous and gracious if the occasion suits him. The arriviste wheeler-
dealer alternates with the noble-minded civilizer imbued with the idealism
of his age but consumed by the paradoxical compulsion to destroy as well
as to create. In the dilemma of authority posed by a new world environ-
ment, Cortes's silky guile serves as his best tool for advancement until in
the end, instead of salvation, it brings hubris and waning glory. Yet Cortes's
loyalty to the king is unwavering and constitutes his most consistent virtue.
The bibliographical essay will not stimulate even the beginning student,
but more serious is the author's failure to convey the European cultural
context, the area which has seen the most significant conquest scholarship
in recent years.
Texas A&M University HENRY C. SCHMIDT
Teagle of Jersey Standard. By Bennett H. Wall and George S. Gibb. (New
Orleans: Tulane University, 1974. Pp. v+386. Photographs, index.
$12.)
Walter Clark Teagle served as president of the Standard Oil Company
(New Jersey) from i917 to I937 and as chairman of the Board of Direc-
tors from 1937 to 1942. Prior to assuming the position of president, he
established a reputation as one of the petroleum industry's "bright young
men" while developing Standard's European and Canadian affiliates. Un-
der Teagle's direction, Standard of New Jersey created a world-wide dis-
tribution system, production facilities in Latin America and the Far East,
and a multitude of subsidiaries in petrochemicals and petroleum-related
fields. Teagle can be credited with the emergence of Jersey Standard as an
industry pioneer in the development of an efficient managerial structure,
modern accounting procedures and peaceful, if paternal, labor relations.
A hard working, and in many respects brilliant, executive, Teagle earned
the right to be called "The Boy Picked to Fill John D's Shoes."
Authors Wall and Gibb have written a personal biography, and do not
attempt to repeat the history of Standard Oil and its affiliates previously
told by Ralph and Muriel Hidy, Evelyn Knowlton, and others. Rather, the
book is about the man Teagle, his industrial leadership, his service to sev-
eral federal administrations, and his devotion to Standard. In .an effort to

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