The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 474
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary, and the Association of
Former Students (there is no such thing as an ex-Aggie) con-
tributed to the celebration by arranging for George Sessions Perry
to write a book about the institution. The Story of Texas A. and
M. is the result. The tone of the book is indicated by the dedica-
tion "to something that never wholly existed in fact: the A. and
M. that is remembered by its students."
Just in case some reader might overlook the fact that the author
is best known as a writer of fiction, Mr. Perry gives fair warning
in the first sentence of the Foreword that, "This book is not a
formal history of Texas A. and M. College." With this detail taken
care of, the author then presents in nineteen more-or-less related
essays a good deal of information about Texas' oldest state-sup-
There are chapters dealing with dormitory life, traditions,
athletics, the various colleges which make up the institution, and
personalities. There are predictions for the future as well as
sketches of the past and the present. Except for a few paragraphs
in which the reader becomes lost in an excess of words, the Story
is well written and is pleasant reading. Interest is maintained by
the fact that the author sought incidents, characters, and tradi-
tions such as that of the "Twelfth Man," and the countless anec-
dotes of classroom, dormitory, and athletic field make for inter-
Mr. Perry is to be congratulated upon preparing a book which
A. and M. men will enjoy and treasure and lend to their friends.
Before lending it, however, they will probably mark through the
fourth line on page 85 in which a "yell leader" is called a
The appendix of more than thirty pages contains a great deal
of factual information about the institution. A number of well-
chosen illustrations add to the value of the book.
Meanwhile, the Association of Former Students has employed
an archivist and is engaged in the great task of collecting the
materials which will make possible at some future date the formal
history of Texas A. and M.
RALPH W. STEEN
The University of Texas
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