The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971 Page: 135
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War Cries on Horseback: The Story of the Indian Wars of the Great Plains.
By Stephen Longstreet. (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1970o.
Pp. xi + 335. Illustrations, maps. $7.95.)
Novelist Stephen Longstreet has read a handful of books about the
Indian Wars of the Trans-Mississippi West and written one himself. The
result is a potboiler that will aggravate the expert and misinform the
novice. It is superficial, disorganized, conspicuous both for omission and
overemphasis, and cluttered with familiar cliches and myths. 'Texans will
find the highly significant Texas frontier story slighted but may feel com-
pensated by three multichapter "books" on General Custer. Two dozen
suggested further readings provide documentation and bibliography. There
is no index. The two endpaper maps are useless. I find no redeeming
quality in this book and cannot recommend it to any class of readers for
National Park Service ROBERT M. UTLEY
Shalom, America: The Perlstein Success Story. By Eleanor Perlstein Wein-
baum. (San Antonio: The Naylor Company, 1969. Pp. xv + 112.
Illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index. $5.00.)
This book details the story of a young Jewish immigrant from Lithuania
and his path to success in the New World. The author, Hyman Asher
Perlstein's daughter, writes well and her talent for poetry is also displayed
in this work.
Old World values and traditions are at the core of this account. Jewish
family life and devotion to the synagogue were hallmarks of Hyman Perl-
stein's life, though Mrs. Weinbaum does not convey this impression in a
cloying or pretentious manner. By dint of hard work and careful real-estate
investments, reflecting strong confidence in the future of Beaumont, Perl-
stein's adopted home, financial independence was achieved. Yet the usual
family vicissitudes intruded, as in the premature death of a beloved daugh-
ter and in debilitating illness as old age made its demands.
Texas history is touched upon as the family reacts to the terrible hurri-
cane at Galveston, the gusher at Spindletop, and the growth of Beaumont
and Southeast Texas. All in all this is a warm memoir and--in this day
of Goodby Columbus and Portney's Complaint-a refreshing change of
University of Houston
STANLEY E. SIEGEL
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