The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

graphs reflect good use of original manuscript materials as well as di-
verse secondary literature.
The heart of the book, the photographs (most of them greatly en-
larged from the originals), retain a striking clarity that will please the
most discriminating critic. The authors benefitted from institutional
and private collections within and outside the state for rare and unique
images of all kinds. The vast majority are previously unpublished. Por-
traits of Arkansas Confederates, ranging from resolute politicians to
proud officers and rugged enlisted men, appear along with the Yankee
invaders who struggled to possess the state throughout the war. Views
of towns and their civilians, public and private buildings, and military
installations add to the aura of a rich historical setting. A final chapter
on the activities of veterans, both Union and Confederate, provides a
fitting conclusion.
The photographic purist will regret both the absence of technical de-
scription (type of image, dimensions of the original, and so on) and the
misspelling of the word "daguerreotype." But such minor faults are in-
significant compared to the overall combination of scholarship and ar-
tistic skill displayed in this handsome contribution to the documentary
history of the "Late Unpleasantness."
University of Texas at Austin T. MICHAEL PARRISH
Clint: Clinton Williams Murchzson, A Biography. By Ernestine Orrick Van
Buren. Foreword by Perry Richardson Bass. Preface by R. Hal
Williams. (Austin: Eakin Press, 1986. Pp. xviii+4o20. Introduction,
acknowledgments, illustrations, notes, appendices, bibliography,
index. $24.95.)
Author Ernestine Orrick Van Buren, a longtime secretary to Clint
Murchison (1895- 1969), has produced a generally well-written but un-
critical account of Murchison's business career and personal life. The
volume traces the career of Murchison from his early days in East
Texas, through a three-week stint at Trinity University, army service
during World War I, the launching of his successful business career,
marriage, a premature "retirement," and the tragic death of his young
wife in 1926. Soon, Murchison resumed a fast-paced career in oil and
gas leases, land, pipelines, and ranching and formed numerous com-
panies in oil, gas, banking, insurance, and various other enterprises. By
the 1950s he was recognized as one of the most successful and wealthy
men in America.
Van Buren depicts Clint Murchison as a man with countless lifelong
friends-most of whom were astute businessmen; a man who fre-


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