The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983

Book Reviews

political conservatism is very evident in his discussions of political
matters.
Poage writes well and the book reads smoothly. The work is well in-
dexed, but contains neither footnotes nor bibliography and thus is of
minimal value to research historians. However, McLennan County-
Before 1980 fulfills the author's stated purpose of filling in many of the
blanks concerning the county's history. The book is available through
the W. R. Poage Legislative Library Center at Baylor University.
Angelo State University STEVEN G. GAMBLE
Revoltosos: Mexico's Rebels in the United States, 1903-1923. By
W. Dirk Raat. (College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M University
Press, 1981. Pp. xvii+344. Preface, prologue, illustrations, biblio-
graphical essay, index. $22.50.)
Alvaro Obregdn: Power and Revolution in Mexico, 1911-1920. By
Linda B. Hall. (College Station, Tex.: Texas A&eM University
Press, 1981. Pp. xiv+ 290. Introduction, illustrations, chronology,
bibliography, index. $22.50.)
The decision by Texas A8&M University Press to broaden its publi-
cation horizons in recent years has resulted in the production of a grow-
ing list of works on the history of Mexico and, to a lesser degree, Latin
America. Uniform quality is not necessarily characteristic of such ex-
pansion, though in the main those works recently coming from A&M
reflect thoughtful editorial decisions and sound scholarship. Addition-
ally, a certain literary grace adds to the general attractiveness of the
works.
The two books under consideration here, Raat's Revoltosos and
Hall's Alvaro Obregn, become difficult to review in a joint critique
for their scope is different and problems inherent in each one vary
markedly. At the outset, it should be noted that the research evident in
each work clearly demonstrates a formidable accomplishment. Both
Hall and Raat combed archival materials and printed sources, and
demonstrate an almost encyclopedic grasp of secondary literature. The
use of sources in Mexico City, Washington, D.C., Sonora, California,
and Texas attests to the meticulousness of their research and the vast
quantity of material surveyed.
Both works, however, diverge as to clarity of conceptualization and
presentation. Raat's study of Mexican rebel activity in the United
States purports to analyze what he terms the "diplomacy of suppres-

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