The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973 Page: 223

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conquest, from the visitation of the Virgin of Guadalupe to journeys
of exploration, from Los Adaes to Pueblo. In all instances, he is
inclined to mix hearsay with fact, even while criticizing his contem-
poraries for the same shortcoming. He tells of a woman who bore
forty-eight children, and of another who did not urinate for nine years.
He reports such items without questioning their authenticity. Nor
does his editor offer critical or explanatory notes. The result is a book
that will arouse wariness in historians, but delight in folklorists, es-
pecially folklorists of Mexico, California, and New Mexico. O'Crouley
does little to remedy the neglect of Texas, even in the realm of
But to find fault with this beautiful book is to be picky. O'Crouley,
the collector of antiquities and fine paintings, has been well served
by his translator and publisher, as have modern bibliophiles of the
Houston Baptist College MARILYN McADAMS SIBLEY
North America Divided: The Mexican War, 1846-1848. By Seymour
V. Connor and Odie B. Faulk. (New York: Oxford University
Press, 1971. Pp. viii+3oo. Analytical bibliography, index. $7.95.)
North America Divided makes two important contributions to the
study of the Mexican War. Following a four-page preface, the first
section of the book (pp. 3-183) provides a well-written narrative syn-
thesizing recent and older scholarship. This is followed by an analyti-
cal bibliography (pp. 185-276). In both major parts of the book, the
authors give evidence of their comprehensive research to familiarize
themselves with details and overviews. A few bugs do creep in here
and there. But, considering the challenges of the subject from histori-
ographical and other standpoints, the product is decidedly creditable.
The Mexican War is such a controversial topic that historians less
daring than Connor and Faulk might have settled for something
blander than the book they created. And writers not sharing their
standards of integrity might have led readers into the pitfalls of "pre-
sentism." Connor and Faulk, however, are searching and judicious as
well as bold. Time and again, they take the long view. Vividly deline-
ating combat and diplomacy, they are critical of some actors in the
drama but also bestow merited laurels.
One hesitates to say that one part of the volume will prove more
valuable than the other. Still it is this reviewer's judgment that the


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