The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985

Book Reviews

and cattle, though well ahead of Communists and federal judges"). In
"Third Coast," the author depicts modern Texas and concludes that
the epic Western is dead but hastens to predict that small-budget, in-
dependent companies will continue to produce Texas-oriented films.
Graham considers every kind of film (even porno flicks) in his sur-
vey. He also appends the ten-best-Texas-movies lists of eight Texas
film writers. (Red River, Giant, The Last Picture Show, and Hud seem
to recur.) No one, however, is explicit regarding what constitutes a
classic. He shows how Texas movies have mirrored changing social at-
titudes within the state, how basic themes have been enlarged and
expanded, and how durable the "mythic Texas" image is. The book is
heavily illustrated with stills and contains a movie log with informa-
tion on releasing company, length of film, director and writer, and
major actors. This splendid guide will find a ready audience among
those interested in the Texas mystique.
University of Arizona HARWOOD P. HINTON
Mexican-U.S. Relations: Conflict and Convergence. Edited by Carlos
V~squez and Manuel Garcia y Griego. (Los Angeles: UCLA Chi-
cano Studies Research Center Publications and UCLA Latin
American Center Publications, 1983. Pp. xii+49o. Preface and
acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, tables, charts.
$35, cloth; $25, paper.)
There are two types of books on United States-Mexican relations:
one is a narrative history of the key events, usually beginning in the
early nineteenth century and terminating whenever the author stops
doing research; the other is the collection of essays that focuses on the
principal issues of present relations. The Carlos Vasquez and Manuel
Garcia y Griego volume falls into the latter category. Divided into
five parts-general frameworks, petroleum, trade, migration, and the
role of Chicanos in the bilateral relation-the book draws primarily
on recently published materials of some of the leading authorities on
United States-Mexican relations. Seven of the sixteen selections have
been published previously in English, five have appeared in Spanish
and are here translated for the first time, and four were either written
for this collection or are pieces published for the first time.
The strength of this volume is that the editors have selected the
contributors with great care. Outstanding among the articles are the
study by David Ronfeldt and Caesar D. Sereseres, with the Rand Cor-
poration, that explores the way in which the United States and Mexico


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