The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 305
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ministration themselves (and perhaps he has a better over-all
view even than they), and he has brought real perception to the
problems and solutions which have helped to clinch Wilson's
position as one of our greater Presidents.
Some of Link's interpretations may jolt somewhat both Wilson's
admirers and critics, but the interpretations are invariably based
on sources sufficiently quoted that the reader may observe how
Link's ratiocinations brought him to these interpretations. And
though at times Link's progressive slip may show slightly, it is
well hemmed and not unattractive. A case in point is the section
dealing with Wilson's handling of the Mexican situation. Too
often there has been a tendency to excuse excesses of the post-
Maderistas and to damn similar excesses by Huerta's followers,
but though one can readily see that ideologically Link prefers the
Revolutionary forces, he does not hesitate to reinvest Huerta with
a measure of dignity and purpose and to demonstrate how difficult
it often was to deal with the hydra-headed liberals.
Naturally, the Wilson administration has always been of more
than usual interest to Southerners in general and to Texans in
particular because of the large representation from this area.
Colonel House, Burleson, Houston, and Gregory, not to mention
the ex-cowboy and Austin newspaperman, Representative McLe-
more, all helped to give the Wilson administration a Texas touch.
There was never any doubt, however, that leadership lay with
Wilson and not with those about him, Texan or not.
From Link's thrifty prose a new Wilson, and a better-balanced
Wilson, is bound to emerge, differing, of course, according to the
reader's individual political predilections. The Wilson which this
reviewer now perceives is more of a Southern Democrat, less of a
confirmed progressive, less of an idealist, and less of an Anglophile,
but no less of a leader, more of a man, and more than ever a great
This study is the first volume of the New American Nation
series, supplementing the authoritative American Nation series of
the turn of the century and just after. Link has provided a fine
kick-off to the series with what is undoubtedly the best look at
Wilsonian progressivism yet published. And not at all incidentally,
he has included a 31-page essay on sources which alone should be
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