The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

that the portions of the investments which were actually used
for the purposes prescribed were a magnificent contribution
to the continent's development, although nearly sixty-eight per
cent of the securities were in partial or total default at the
end of 1939.
In each of the lectures Dr. Rippy shows the important bear-
ing which the facts and events he narrates have upon Ameri-
can unity and hemisphere solidarity and defense. He fears that
"the long era of security from European strife may be ap-
proaching its end; that the Americas may soon have to choose
between war for the maintenance of their independence, and
submission to exploitation and slavery." Many Americans will
join him in his urgent "hope and belief that in this crisis no
nation, group or individual will renounce faith in the American
System nor imperil its future in any way." Upon retrospective
survey of the high points of Dr. Rippy's book, the thought
persistently arises that every American nation should surely
feel a kinship of struggles and dangers, hopes and aspirations-
with every other nation of the western world. Each is now con-
fronted with grave perils which only a unified hemisphere de-
fense can successfully combat.
In covering so wide a range in time and events Dr. Rippy
could of necessity touch upon many matters only briefly. He
travels too swiftly and he covers "too much territory in too
little space" to fully satisfy the special students. His book evi-
dences extensive and intelligent research, but following the
custom set by his predecessors in the Fleming Series, he omitted
citations and bibliography. Such omission will be a disappoint-
ment to those who wish to inquire further into matters in-
volved in his discussions.
BEN B. HUNT.
Austin, Texas.
Workbook of American History. By Rudolph Leopold Biesele.
New York: F. S. Crofts and Company, 1941. Pp. 171. $1.10.
This 'reviewer is pleased that Dr. Biesele has finally published
his Workbook in American History. It is a product of many
years of experience in teaching the survey course in American
history. This is not the traditional syllabus, but exactly what

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