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told better and more clearly in half as many pages. There are
too many passages of trivia of personal nature that tend to under-
mine the reader's interest and patience. Though such passages and
rather too many long quotations make for heavy reading, Dr. Poage
has given a fairly integrated and generally fair account. It cannot
be said that he is unduly partisan to Clay, for he shows Clay's
faults and weaknesses. The tone of the book is judicious, and
relatively free from bias.
Austin, Texas.
The Southwest in International Affairs. Edited by S. D. Myres, Jr.,
for the Institute of Public Affairs of Southern Methodist
University. (Dallas, Texas: 1936. Pp. xvi, 219.)
The Southwest in International Affairs may be described as a
printing of the sixteen papers read at the Third Annual Conference
of the Institute of Public Affairs of Southern Methodist University
held in Dallas in 1936 under the auspices of the Carnegie Endow-
ment for International Peace with the George F. and Ora Nixon
Arnold Foundation as the organizing agency. These papers, which
constitute the chapters of the book, were read by sixteen distin-
guished authorities on the affairs of the Southwest, and in open
forum these papers were discussed by a like number of men equally
notable. A digest of these round table discussions appears along
with the papers.
The book is divided into three divisions, although there is defi-
nitely a thesis which underlies the entire discussion. The theme
of part one is that the Southwest is an exporter of great quantities
of raw materials, such as rice, sugar, and cotton; that as an
exporting section it is dependent on favorable trade relations with
the world; that the greatest enemy of Texas and the Southwest
is economic nationalism; and that international trade, "unfettered
by the artificial barriers that have been erected in recent years,"
is preferable to economic nationalism, because our foreign trade,
which constitutes only ten per cent of our total commercial busi-
ness, represents the margin between prosperity and stagnation. The
writers of part two, accepting the above as substantially the correct
view, point out that the proximity and propinquity of Texas and
the Southwest to Mexico and to Central and South America make


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