The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 83, July 1979 - April, 1980

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

figures" (p. 57) and the South's "march toward industrialization" (p.
14) quickly come to mind. He also makes some simple errors that should
have been corrected by the editor: for instance, the Red-cockaded Wood-
pecker, not the Red-bellied Woodpecker, is an endangered species.
Although the army spared no expense in illustrating the book, colorful
maps and numerous illustrations cannot hide the fact that Brown's
monograph is weak on the Corps in politics and is not a definitive his-
tory of the FWD.
It may be true, as he says, that the Corps is beginning to comprehend
that man must live harmoniously with the natural environment, but
those who respect the environment will continue to judge the Corps
by its works, not by its words.
University of Texas at Austin JOHN E. SUNDER
Wild Flowers of the Big Thicket, East Texas, and Western Louisiana.
By Geyata Ajilvsgi. The W. L. Moody, Jr., Natural History Series.
No. 4. (College Station: Texas AFM University Press, i979. Pp.
360. Illustrations. $17.50.)
This book might have been titled: A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers
of the Big Thicket. It has the general organization of a field guide, and
has clearly been designed to facilitate the finding and identification of
wild flowers in the Southeast Texas wilderness (and in East Texas gen-
erally and western Louisiana). But it is more than a field guide. Its sen-
tive and accurate description of the nine basic plant growth communi-
ties of the Thicket (eight natural communities plus roadside flora), and
its grouping of wildflowers in terms of the communities where they are
most likely to be found, make it an excellent introduction to the botani-
cal Big Thicket as a whole.
Ajilvsgi's color photography is excellent, and is well reproduced. Her
photographs of the nine basic plant associations manage to capture the
essence of each. Her 475 wildflower photographs are remarkable for
their vivid detail. Botanical descriptions of each flower photographed
(included in a subsequent section of the book) are brief, clear, and to
the point. The reader is told the months in which plants flower and the
plant growth associations with which it is found (that is whether one is
likely to find the flower in a prairie, swamp, savannah, etc.) along with
occasional notes explaining whether a flower is rare, edible, or poison-
ous.
It is hard to imagine how this book could be improved. More specific

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