The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 95, July 1991 - April, 1992

Southwestern Hzstorical Quarterly

velopment, created the environment in which a joint federal-state solution be-
came possible. Given the Depression, Texans were more willing than ever be-
fore to seek federal assistance and accept the stipulations that went with such
funds. Despite the new administration's embrace of public power and resource
development, the LCRA would never have received the tens of millions of dol-
lars in funds from Washington, D.C., necessary to complete the undertaking
had it not been for the political influence of James P. "Buck" Buchanan, J. J.
Mansfield, Lyndon Johnson, Tom Miller, and Alvin J. Wirtz. In awarding
monies to the LCRA, the Roosevelt administration recognized the political im-
portance of Texans to the New Deal and courted their future support as well.
Even natural phenomena played a crucial role. When bureaucratic vacillations
threatened the project, devastating floods in 1935, 1936, and 1938 kept public
and governmental attention focused on the problem and overcame the threats.
Refusing to become mired in the minutia of the endless battles to launch and
complete the project, the author describes the entire process succinctly and
effectively. The volume is richly illustrated, fully documented, and well orga-
nized. While a fuller exposition of such colorful figures as Alvin Wirtz, Harold
Ickes, Tom Miller, and Lyndon Johnson would have made the work even
stronger, Adams's study is must reading for anyone interested in the New
Deal's commitment to public power and resource management, modern Texas
history, or the early political career of Lyndon Johnson.
Austin Community College L. PATRICK HUGHES
The Nature of Texas: A Feast of Native Beauty From Texas Highways Magazine.
Edited by Howard Peacock. Foreword by Frank Lively. (College Station:
Texas A&M University Press, 1990. Pp. xv+124. Foreword, preface, in-
dex, photos. $24.95.)
The twenty-three articles and eighty full-color photographs in this attractive
book come largely from Texas Hzghways magazine. They are obviously the prod-
ucts of men and women who love the native beauty of Texas in its diversity of
geographic forms, plants, and animals and who seek the preservation of that
legacy.
The editor Howard Peacock has assembled the contents into two sections.
Part I, "Speak to the Earth," focuses on the variety of environments ranging
from the dry Palo Duro Canyon land and moss-draped cypress swamp of Caddo
Lake to the sandy gulf shores of Padre Island.
Part II, "Every Living Thing," describes the wide variety of plants and ani-
mals that inhabit Texas's diverse landscapes. Peacock has written several of the
stories especially for this book and has edited those from the magazine. The
result is a carefully chosen collection representing the beauty and magnitude of
Texas. These essays reveal the deep love and concern the writers and photog-
raphers have for the state's "peculiar treasures of nature."
The editor fulfills his purpose of delighting anyone who has a special interest
in the natural beauty and wonder of the Lone Star State, claiming that it is a
book for "learners and teachers, weekenders and vacationers, ... coffee tables,

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