The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 102, July 1998 - April, 1999

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The graphics in the book are excellent. Historic illustrations and maps are well
mixed with modern interpretive maps and drawings with excellent photographs.
Included are a small number of drawings by Gary Zaboly designed both to provide
a feel for the environment and for the action during the battle, with information
on the uniforms discussed in the text. Illustrations of complete arms aid in the in-
terpretation of the fragmentary pieces found as artifacts, and are related to the
battle in terms of military strategy at the time and the effect of these arms on the
battlefield at Palo Alto.
The references and assertions in the volume are well documented with detailed
end notes, and, a rare thing for an archeological subject, an index. A glossary en-
hances the text for those unfamiliar with military terminology. In general, the vol-
ume appears well planned and concise, but with sufficient, or more, detail for any
archeologist. It reads smoothly and is readily followed. Because of the nature of
the subject matter, one might ordinarily expect such a volume to be somewhat dry
and of relatively little interest. The authors have, however, presented a convincing
case for their interpretations and made it interesting. They began with a series of
hypotheses and used an interdisciplinary approach woven into every facet of the
text to successfully determine certain of the movements and events on the battle-
field. The graphics in the book greatly enhance the effectiveness of the author's
presentation.
As in any study of archeology or history, there are always questions remaining af-
ter a study is completed. These are recognized and discussed by the authors and
recommendations for additional studies are made. Such additional studies can
add additional information about the battle and the nature of post-battle distur-
bances. In sum, the volume is a well-written and detailed study of the battle and
battlefield. It is a must read for those interested in the Mexican War and for those
interested in battlefield archeology.
Texas Department of Transportation JOHN W. CLARK JR.
La interuencz6n norteamericana, 184 6-848. By Josefina Zoraida Vizquez.(Mexico
City: Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores, 1997. Pp. 176. Introduction, illus-
trations, maps. ISBN 9-68810-569-4.)
Nineteen ninety-eight marks the sesquicentennial of the Treaty of Guadalupe
Hidalgo, which ended the war between the United States and Mexico, made the
United States a continental power, and perpetuated the crisis of national integra-
tion in Mexico that lasted until the 1870s. While the anniversary has received
some attention north of the Rio Grande-a handful of conferences and books-in
Mexico it has been the occasion for considerable introspection. Conferences on
the war and the treaty have been held throughout our sister republic, the media
has produced its share of documentaries, and the political parties have adopted
varying interpretations of events to meet their modern agendas. It should not be
surprising, then, that Mexico's state department, the Secretaria de Relaciones Ex-
teriores, has issued its own popular account of the war and that its author isJosefi-
na Vizquez, the foremost authority on this period of Mexican political history.

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