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

Book Reviews

authors' repeated use of words such as "irrational" (p. 14), "reckless"
(pp. 64-65), "sycophant" (p. 66), "tormented" (pp. 68, 149, 168), "hap-
less" (p. 169), and "deluded" (p. 171) amounts to overkill.
With this study, Connelly and McDonough have closed another
gap in the historiography of the western theater of the Civil War.
Their efforts were ably supported by the University of Tennessee
Press, which included five maps and thirty-two illustrations that en-
hance the value and appearance of the book.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library GARY W. GALLAGHER
Texas: All Hail the Mighty State. By Archie P. McDonald. (Austin:
Eakin Press, 1983. Pp. xi+274. Introduction, pictures, maps,
index. $14.95.)
Texas: A Sesquicentennial Celebration. Edited and developed by
Donald W. Whisenhunt. (Austin: Eakin Press, 1984. Pp. viii+
439. Introduction, maps, tables, graphs, pictures, suggested read-
ings, contributors, index. $19.95.)
Archie P. McDonald, professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State
University and a well-known historian of Texas and the Civil War,
first published his concise history of Texas for the lay public in the
March 1982 Dallas Times-Herald. The paper sold more than 430,000
copies (a complete sell-out) when the first chapters appeared in the
March 7, 1982, Sunday edition. The Eakin Press recognized the value
of this history for Texans, particularly for those who have moved here
from other states, and compiled the newspaper segments into a book.
Although the author does admit that he would have written it dif-
ferently if he had originally planned to write a book, the writing will
serve the public well. McDonald traces the changing way of life from
the Indian period to the present in the context of American history,
describing the vicissitudes of the economy and, in particular, the po-
litical issues faced by Texans. His survey of the political battles during
the period after World War II is fascinating, and he is able to empha-
size the important figures who contributed to the development of
Texas without choking the reader on a plethora of names and facts.
The last chapter, "Texas Today," is a fine survey of the state's ac-
complishments and its way of life, and of problems that it still faces.
In additional pages, McDonald does a splendid job of describing politi-
cal changes during the past two decades. While the book does not have


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