The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987

Book Reviews

conversations with his Texas redneck relative, Cousin Ed Snodgrass,
in such stories as "Leave Lyndon Alone and Let Him Fight His War
in Peace" (p. 69) and "The Game's the Same" (p. 93), on Richard Nix-
on's disgraceful retirement on his million-dollar estate and generous
pension.
Humor is supposed to express the grotesque disparity between
human aspirations and performance. It gives a special vitality to wisdom
and makes it more comprehensible and memorable. Despite the above-
mentioned reservations, this reviewer believes that Faulk finds the right
combination most of the time. As one who is fascinated by past and
present politics, shares Faulk's political perspective, is addicted to satire,
and is old enough to remember some rural dialects, this reviewer
enjoyed the book. It will be very much a personal decision for each
reader.
University of Texas at Arlington GEORGE GREEN
The Mexican-American Experience: An Interdisciplinary Anthology. Edited
by Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Frank D. Bean, Charles M. Bonjean,
Ricardo Romo, and Rodolfo Alvarez. (Austin: The University of
Texas Press, 1985. Pp. x+426. Preface, introduction, tables, refer-
ences. $25.00, cloth; $14.95, paper.)
The editors of The Mexican-American Experience: An Interdisciplinary
Anthology provide exactly what the title implies-a multifaceted com-
pilation of the latest social science research on Mexicano/Chicano
issues. Economists, sociologists, political scientists, historians, and edu-
cators all contribute to a collection that sets the parameters of debate
on a whole range of subjects, from undocumented immigration to
religious behavior. Articles which I find especially valuable include:
"The Mexican Origin Population in the United States: A Demographic
Overview" (Frank D. Bean, Elizabeth Stephen, and Wolfgang Opitz);
"Conflict and Controversy in the Evolution of Bilingual Education"
(Guadalupe San Miguel, Jr.); "Americans All: The Mexican American
Generation" (Mario Garcia); "Changing Patterns of Undocumented
Mexican Migration to South Texas" (Richard Jones); and "The Mexican
Origin Population's Differing Perceptions of Their Children's School-
ing" (Harriet Romo). As important as the essays themselves are the
four introductory overviews that furnish the necessary grounding for
those unfamiliar with Hispanic issues. Each serves as a road map clari-
fying the arguments of the individual chapters and pegging them within
the general literature of the subject. The initial essay, "The Origins and

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