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useful and a more interesting one had he halved his titles and
doubled the length of his annotations. In his chapter "Range
Life: Cowboys, Cattle, Sheep" he has, in effect, done just this.
Of all the thirty-five, this one is by all odds the most compre-
hensible to the student and the most informative to the general
reader. The extended annotations here give meaning to the
books and stimulate the reader's interest.
This list of books is by no means a definitive one on the sub-
ject (military life, for example, being almost wholly ignored),
but it more nearly approaches that infinite goal than any other
we know of; nor is this a bibliography. The author warns on both
counts. Surely, though, here in abundance, ready to the bibli-
ographer's hand, is the "stuff out of which" good bibliographies
are made.
Early Man in America: A Study in Prehistory. By E. H. Sellards.
Illustrations by Hal Story. Austin (University of Texas
Press), 1952. Pp. xvi + 211. $4.50.
This volume is a tersely written, highly factual account of what
is now known about the earliest human occupation of the New
World. The author, now director of the Texas Memorial Mu-
seum in Austin, is a geologist who became interested in this field
of prehistoric research over thirty years ago, at a time when it
was not fashionable to believe that man had arrived in America
more than a few thousand years prior to its discovery by Euro-
peans. Dr. Sellards never accepted this view and, through his own
field investigations during the past two decades, has vigorously
helped to demonstrate the presence of man in this hemisphere
since late Pleistocene times.
Although the book runs to well over two hundred pages, it
actually contains only about eighty pages of text. The remainder
consists of illustrations and a very complete bibliographic guide
to the problem of early man in America. For the past fifteen
years Dr. Sellards has been the leading bibliographer of this spe-
cial field, and this guide brings up to date his two previous bib-
liographic studies, the last of which appeared in 1947. This fea-
ture alone will make the book indispensable to all students of
early man for some time to come.


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