The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 113
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its "book" on its way of life. Not all of them have a way of life
sufficiently innate to deserve such a book.
But, above any other state, Texas does-and no bragging here.
Texas is a place where sea meets land, mountain meets plain,
swamp meets desert, forest meets prairie, norther meets zephyr.
Texas is a place where new meets old, where South meets West,
where Latin America meets Anglo-America. Out of this medley
of physical conditions and peoples and their cultures has come
one of our Western World's most colorful chronicles. Texas de-
serves its "book." We have needed a book that would be a meeting
place of facts about these things.
There has been much groping in the direction of a "Book of
Texas," and some fair works have been produced covering the
field, in part. Now we have something that looks like the whole
story of Texas, including its political history, its economy, its
general cultural development and status. Quite appropriately,
The Handbook of Texas is brought out under sponsorship of,
and is published by, the Texas State Historical Association, "oldest
learned society in Texas."
Dallas Morning News
This remarkably valuable compendium of a wide variety of
facts about things Texan (and Texian, too, for that matter) will
save untold hours of labor for many professors, newspapermen,
and others of the curious in years to come. ...
It is marked by unity of presentation throughout, by concise-
ness of style, by good judgment in the selection and emphasis of
topics. It is not a complete compendium of information about
Texas, which would be an impossibility, but the degree of com-
pleteness which is attained in an achievement of major propor-
One would have to buy a thousand books and study them for
a lifetime to place at his disposal a comparable amount of informa-
tion on Texas.
FRANK H. WARDLAW
The University of Texas Press
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954, periodical, 1954; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101152/m1/131/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.