The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984

Book Reviews

not understand the limitations of science in oil prospecting past and
present, he does not understand that it was economic necessity rather
than instinct that drove oil men to drill Permian Basin wells during
the depression. The confusion in Rundell's discussion of crude oil
transport, which suggests that railroad tank cars are more efficient than
pipelines, makes one wonder if he understands why pipelines are im-
portant to the oil industry; Rundell makes nothing of the decisive im-
portance of pipelines in the timing of Permian Basin oil field develop-
To the credit of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, a book on
the region's development, designed for the general reader, was a worth-
while project; it is the more regrettable, then, that this work was not
done with greater care.
Texas Historical Foundation DIANA DAVIDS OLIEN
Borderlands Sourcebook: A Guide to the Literature on Northern
Mexico and the American Southwest. Edited by Ellwyn R. Stod-
dard, Richard L. Nostrand, and Jonathan P. West. (Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press, 1983. Pp. xv+445. Preface, bibli-
ography, index. $48.50.)
This ambitious work deals with the states on both sides of the
Mexican-U.S. border, and with the culture that this complex "border-
lands" zone has developed in its own right. The book is divided into
three large sections. The first offers overviews of borderlands history
and culture. The second and most elaborate section deals with major
topical concerns. It contains an array of short interpretive essays on
the literature of familiar topics, such as exploration and conquest,
geography and the environment, anthropology and archaeology, and
recent social problems that have arisen with the blending of Mexican
and American cultures. This part also includes welcome essays on such
neglected topics as energy and water resources, drug policies, pollu-
tion, linguistics, non-Mexican immigrants, and the structure and func-
tions of border cities. The last third of the book is an invaluable
bibliography of available sources, including unpublished dissertations,
some manuscript materials in Mexican archives, and maps and photo-
graphs. These citations are arranged by both author and subject.
The essays throughout are models of brevity, and usually offer
suggestions on work that needs to be done. The book is strongest in
dealing with the physical environment, economic development, and


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