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around San Antonio" (p. 26) is correctly credited to the Center for American
History at the University of Texas at Austin; but the author fails to describe the
illustration as a detail from the manuscript map compiled from various sources
by John D. Rullman in 1912. One notable work omitted in the bibliography is
Mardith Schuetz's "Professional Artisans in the Hispanic Southwest," (The
Americas 40:1, July 1983, 17-71) in which she offers a conjectural drawing for
San Antonio de Valero that is at least the equal of that by Jack Eaton shown by
the author (p. 8).
The visual appeal of the work has, in a few short months, led to a second edi-
tion that includes a brief index and corrections of typographical errors. There is
no doubt that the work will sell well to the tourist and that it will be a useful tool
for teachers of Texas history in junior and senior high school education.
University of Texas at Austin ADAN BENAVIDES JR.
San Antonio: Outpost of Empires. By Lewis F. Fisher. (San Antonio, Texas: Maverick
Publishing Company, 1997. Pp. ix+101. Illustrations, introduction, index,
ISBN 0-9651507-3-9. $24.95, cloth).
San Antonio: The Story of an Enchanted City. By Frank W. Jennings. (San Antonio,
Texas: San Antonio Express-News, 1998. Pp. xxviii+364. Illustrations, fore-
word, preface, glossary, afterword, more about the city, chronofacts, facts,
acknowledgments, index. ISBN 1-890346-02-0. $24.95, cloth, $16.95,
paper).
As the title of Frank Jennings' book suggests, San Antonio is a place of
enchantment; these two new volumes are the latest in a long line of tributes to
the city's charm and ambiance. Jennings' work contains an admirably extensive
treatment of historical personages and events as well as places of interest in con-
temporary San Antonio. Fisher's book is a handsome volume that provides a
brief overview of San Antonio's history and outstanding illustrations that bring
the author's written history to life. No doubt many San Antonians (and visitors
fascinated with the place) will display this book as a proud memorial to the city
and its people.
Fisher's work builds on his earlier studies of historical preservation in San
Antonio (Saving San Antonio, 1996) and the San Antonio River (Crown Jewel of
Texas, 1997). His training as a journalist and his award-winning career with San
Antonio newspapers serve him well as he presents a poetic and insightful sum-
mary of the city's origins and development to the present day. The material is
arranged chronologically and united around the central theme of the search for
San Antonio's unique flavor. Some 140 superb illustrations accompany the
author's text; several are published for the first time in his volume.
While ultimately no city's aura is definable, Fisher offers enlightening reflec-
tions on San Antonio's distinctive combination of geographic isolation, mixture
of peoples, and development as a frontier outpost under the governance of five
successive parent nations. In one particularly striking passage, he describes the
enigma of San Antonio for those who attempt to define it: "San Antonio's roots

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