The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941

Book Reviews

1870 shows the important trails in the military, transportation,
and ranching history of the United States; and the third, enti-
tled "Our Southwest," definitely locates that area and shows
the various cities, the national forests, the Indian reservations,
the railways, and the United States highways.
Nearly every town on Covarrubias' painting of the Southwest,
p. 20, from which the colorful jacket was reproduced, comes
in for a chapter in the story. Thus Fort Worth, San Antonio,
El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix, Prescott, Gallup, Albuquerque, Santa
F6, and Taos rate a chapter each. In each of these the author
stresses that which is typical of the place --in Fort Worth,
cattle; in Tucson, deserts and dudes; in Gallup, the Navajos;
in Albuquerque, people with diseased lungs; and in Taos, artists.
Particularly descriptive is the eighteenth chapter, in which the
high plains of Texas are called the forty-ninth state; and the
nineteenth --on dances, fiestas, fairs, and rodeos --could not
have been omitted.
R. L. BIESELE.
The University of Texas.
California. By John Walton Caughey.
New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1940. Pp. xiv, 680. $5.00.
Professor Caughey, in his preface, states that he has devoted
"somewhat less than a lifetime" to the study of California, and
the results of this study, as shown in his contribution to the
Prentice-Hall series of state histories, show forth abundant evi-
dence that his labors have not been in vain. His singular grasp
of detail and masterful presentation of material indicate inten-
sive research and study. The reviewer feels that he has suc-
cessfully attained his objective in making the book "an accurate
reflection of California's past." General interest in and knowl-
edge of California's history have been greatly intensified and
illuminated. I began reading the book with a feeling that the
author must be a specialist in some phase of his subject and
perforce would give his best efforts to that field. To my sur-
prise and pleasure I was never sure just what special field, if
any, this was, for a sustained interest was maintained through-
out.
The description of the country with its interesting physical
features and diversified climate; the aboriginal inhabitants and

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