The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

torical and Political Science work. The well-known and important
subject is ably covered and documented. There had been a rather
widespread movement to take over Mexico for years before the Mex-
ican War, but fortunately for all concerned, the movement collapsed.
The author contends-and rightly-that Nicholas Trist, in concluding
acceptable peace terms with Mexico albeit extra officially (as he had
been recalled), presented President Polk with an ideal means of ex-
tricating himself from a war that had suddenly become an embarrass-
ment after the capture of Mexico City.
These two books are part of a series entitled The American Scene:
Comments and Commentators. Reprinted by the Da Capo Press, they
provide a large spectrum of readers with interesting books which have
been long out of print.
Texas Tech University DAVID M. VIGNESS
Rangers of Texas. By Dorman H. Winfrey et al. (Waco: Texian Press,
1969. Pp. xxv+159. Illustrations. $io.oo.)
This book is produced in a format similar to Heroes of Texas and
other recent pictorial histories published by the Texian Press. It ob-
viously is directed to young readers rather than to mature scholars
and is beautifully illustrated with full-color reproductions of original
oil paintings by David Sanders. In addition to biographies of seven
famous Rangers by well-known local historians, the work contains a
foreword by Colonel Wilson E. Speir and an introduction by Rupert
N. Richardson.
Possibly in no other state except Texas would an organization such
as the Rangers survive the transition from a rough frontier to a com-
plex urban society. But Texans would no more abolish the Rangers
than they would tear down the Alamo. It is more than tradition, how-
ever, that has preserved the force, which currently numbers 62 officers
and men. Although each Ranger is still required to maintain his own
horse, he travels across the broad expanse of Texas by almost every
conceivable means of transportation, except submarine. In addition,
he has the use of most scientific tools available for law enforcement,
as well as access to massive criminal files and a modern crime labora-
tory.
Each of the individuals discussed in this volume-John Coffee Hays,
Samuel H. Walker, Ben McCulloch, "Rip" Ford, Lawrence Sullivan

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