The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 104, July 2000 - April, 2001

Book Reviews

These included William Herndon, congressman; Richard Hubbard, governor;
Thomas Bonner, Texas Speaker of the House; Oran Roberts, governor; James
Hogg, governor; and Horace Hilton, United States senator.
But by no means is every topic weighty. A 1906 performance by Sara
Bernhardt in Tyler is described thus
Most of the crowd probably did not understand the complicated French used in the
play, but all enjoyed the elegant robes that Bernhardt and the other performers wore.
They sat in awed silence.... After leaving her admirers amazed and perhaps even dazed,
Divine Sarah retrained with her 300 pieces of luggage, the maids, the other servants, the
masseuse . . . and the internationally acclaimed terrier Chef Menteur. The train chugged
out of the Cotton Belt depot into the deep, dark night on its way north, carrying Sarah and
her entire entourage on to new adventures and performances in Muskogee Indian
Territory, and the wider region beyond" (Vol 2, p. 560).
These volumes are a worthy addition to the historical references available on
the East Texas area. Volume II contains a thorough and useful bibliography for
further study of the region. Especially welcome is a key that lists the source
library where an item may be found.
Austin CARTER COOK
West Texas: A Portrait of Its People and Their Raw and Wondrous Land. By Mike
Cochran and John Lumpkin, foreword by John T. Montford (Lubbock:
Texas Tech University Press, 1999. Pp. viii+176. Foreword, epilogue,
acknowledgments, photo credits, index. ISBN 0-89672-426-3. $34.95, cloth.)
In West Texas, authors Cochran and Lompkin have cobbled together 166
pages of profiles, anecdotes, and vignettes celebrating the land and citizens of
this region of the West. Their book is illustrated by 165 color and black-and-
white photographs compiled by Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photo
editor Ron Heflin. Both authors are prize-winning journalists and the book
reads like a collection of clippings from USA Today.
They begin by asking "Where is Texas?" It is rarely unnecessary to specifically
define or establish the exact locale about which one writes, and Cochran and
Lumpkin also thoughtfully provide a map for the uninitiated. They are finally
able to define "West Texas" as bounded on the east by the city of Fort Worth, on
the north and west, respectively, by the states of Oklahoma and New Mexico,
and on the south by the Rio Grande. The earliest inhabitants rating real focus
are the pioneering ranchers like Charles Goodnight and John Adair, who began
ranching the region in the post Civil War era. No real mention is made of the
pre-Spanish, Spanish, or Mexican inhabitants prior to the advent of the trailblaz-
ing cowmen. Profiles of West Texans reach up to the present day, including
commentary regarding politician George W. Bush and athlete Sheryl Swoopes.
Along the way, Cochran and Lumpkin mention most of West Texas's notables,
including corrupt political mover and shaker of the 196os, Billie Sol Estes;
1950 rock 'n' roll legend Buddy Holly; "Mr. West Texas"-Amon Carter;
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry; famed college and professional

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 104, July 2000 - April, 2001. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101221/. Accessed July 31, 2015.