The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

Book Reviews

Miss Flanagan judiciously allows the opposition its say. There is
no press-agentry in her method. She is content to let his words
and actions speak instead. And she offers no pat solutions to the
Houston arcanum. As she writes in the Foreword, she did not
attempt to categorize him-"for that is to destroy him." And she
adds: "Forty-six biographies later he is still a living controversy.
Heated debates revolve even now around his early romance, his
strategy at San Jacinto, his differences with Lamar, his maneuvers
on annexation, and his tactics prior to the Civil War."
Debatable as his actions were on many counts, one fact is un-
arguable. Sam Houston loved Texas. This simple and tremendous
truth permeated his life and is this documentary's theme. From
the moment he cast his lot with Texas in 1832-through all the
years he served Texas as general of the army, president of the
republic, congressman, United States senator, and governor of
the state-until his death in Huntsville in the summer of 1863,
Texas' destiny was his own. Fittingly, Miss Flanagan's volume
opens and closes on this note.
Sam Houston's Texas is a labor of love and a real contribution
to Texana. Imagination, artistry, careful and perceptive research,
and skillful writing all combine to make this a moving and con-
vincing portrait of a man and his times--and the places he knew-
with overtones applicable to the present and the future.
VIRGINIA GAMBRELL
Cracker Barrel Chronicles: A Bibliography of Texas Town and
County Histories. By John H. Jenkins. Austin (The Pem-
berton Press), i965. Pp. xv+5o9. Illustrations, appendices,
index. $15.oo.
This is not an impersonal book review. It is written with full
appreciation of the labor involved in this compilation and with
sympathy tendered from a fellow compiler of "lists," who has
also known the frustrations of discovering duplications, misspell-
ing, and all the other blots that come to mar the pleasure of hold-
ing a new book in hand. The imperfections conceal themselves
in galley or page proof; then, in the author's mind at least, they
glare in the bound volume. The longer the volume, the more

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117144/. Accessed July 10, 2014.