The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 103, July 1999 - April, 2000

Book Reviews

about their particular job function. For example, Anne Woodhouse of the
Missouri Historical Society talks about her role as a museum curator, and Rose
T. Diaz and Andrew B. Russell about their work as oral historians in the
American Southwest. Other positions covered are those of librarian, documen-
tary film editor, historical administrator, cultural resources manager, policy advi-
sor, and historic site interpreter. "Part III: The Practice of Public History" pre-
sents ten essays selected to give aspiring public historians a sense of the places
where they might work. Thus the institutional context of practicing history-in
historic houses, outdoor museums, historical parks, historical agencies, urban
museums and historical societies, local, state, and national museums, federal his-
tory programs, corporations, and private consulting businesses-becomes the
organizing principle for the book's final section.
All the essays are solid and give readers a realistic picture of what it means to
practice history in the public arena, beyond the walls of a classroom setting.
Indeed, the authors are remarkably candid about the stresses and rewards of
their chosen work. The anthology's organization suits beginning public history
students who need to understand both the variety of jobs and the variety of set-
tings within the field. Having used this book as one of the texts in this semester's
public history class, I noted that my students had their favorite articles, as did I.
They responded especially to Candace Falk's well-written essay on documentary
editing of the Emma Goldman papers and wanted immediately to find a collec-
tion that they could work with as she had done. I particularly enjoyed Barbara
Franco's article because her discussion of urban museums was just good history
of America's historical institutions. The volume's eleven-page list of resources
including major organizations-street and e-mail addresses, telephone numbers,
fax numbers, profiles-is a handy reference for anyone in the broad field of
American history.
Not only students, but also practicing public historians will find the book of
great interest. And the latter will be in a better position than are graduate stu-
dents to afford Krieger's only-game-in-town paperback price of $39.50.
Southwest Texas State University CYNTHIA BRANDIMARTE
Lone Star Justice: A Comprehensive Overview of the Texas Criminal Justice System. By
David M. Horton and Ryan Kellus Turner. (Austin: Eakin Press, 1999. Pp.
xii+394. Acknowledgments, preface, illustrations, appendices, glossary,
index. ISBN 1-57168-266-0. $21.95, paper.)
Lone Star Justice is a concise, well organized, well rounded, and comprehensive
overview of the administration of the criminal justice system in Texas. The com-
bined backgrounds and writing styles of the authors harmonize to lend confi-
dence and credibility to the material presented. David Horton holds a doctor of
philosophy degree in criminal justice from the George J. Beto Criminal Justice
Center at Sam Houston State University at Huntsville, Texas, and has received
three teaching excellence awards. Ryan Kellus Turner obtained his juris doctor-
ate at Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas and currently is the
briefing attorney for Judge Sharon Keller at the Texas Court of Criminal
Appeals. In addition numerous acknowledgments of support and assistance are



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