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

Book Reviews

The format of the book leaves little to be desired, the type
is very readable, and the footnotes are sufficient. A few typo-
graphical errors appear, and the author's use of Spanish words
and phrases scattered throughout the book is not always cor-
rect. The letter "m", for instance, should never be doubled in
Spanish words (p. 221); doubled letters, which are considered
as one letter, should not be divided (p. 33); and certain plurals
should be formed by adding "es" (p. 45). These few errors,
however, seem infinitesimal when compared to the book's wealth
of literary beauty.
Southwest Texas Teachers College.
Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State. Compiled by the Workers
of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Adminis-
tration in the State of Texas. Sponsored by the Texas
State Highway Commission.
New York: Hastings House, 1940. Pp. xxxiii, 718. Illustrations,
maps, index.
This outstanding book, Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State,
has been planned and brought forth on a most ambitious scale.
It furnishes a fascinating introduction to a geographical region
which has had a romantic appeal for adventuresome mankind
since its discovery by Alonso Alvarez de Pineda in 1519. This
book, a volume in the American Guide Series, and several times
delayed in publication, compares most favorably with those pro-
duced thus far of the other states.
This guide-book carries the reader over the entire state. The
subject matter is grouped around three major divisions. The
first division entitled Texas: Yesterday and Today is devoted
to the political history, material resources, industrial develop-
ment, social structure, and general culture of the state. The
second division gives a general but compact narrative of the
development of the present fifteen leading Texas cities: Amaril-
lo, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville (and Matamoros, Mexico),
Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso (and Juarez, Mexico), Fort
Worth, Galveston, Houston, Laredo, Port Arthur, San Antonio
(and nearby missions), Waco, and Wichita Falls. By way of
explanation for this section, the book says: "Many tourists,
following a guidebook route, prefer that the flow of tour de-
scription should not be interrupted by long stories of the cities


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed April 30, 2016.

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