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comparative aspects are further reinforced by numerous illustrations which
graphically demonstrate the important modifications. Also included are
the obligatory stories of legendary rides, celebrated gunfighters, enterpris-
ing cattle barons, and adventuresome cattle drives.
While many "buffs" and casual readers will find this book interesting
and informative, specialists in the field of western history will discover
little that is new. Except for a brief chapter on cattle raising in the Pacific
Northwest, it covers familiar topics relating to the Southwest and the
Great Plains. Little is said about the growing corporate nature of ranch-
ing or about the role of blacks and Indians in the cattle industry. Organi-
zational problems within the book also create much repetition, and in some
cases anecdotes are uncritically reported at face value. A brief biblio-
graphy of mostly secondary sources further indicates the superficial na-
ture of the examination which fails to reach the same scholarly standards
of Vernam's earlier publication, Man on Horseback. His latest effort,
then, augments but does not replace the standard works of Ernest S. Os-
good, E. Douglas Branch, Wayne Gard, Edward Everett Dale, Philip
Ashton Rollins, and J. Frank Dobie.
University of Nebraska at Omaha MICHAEL L. TATE
Essays on Walter Prescott Webb. Edited by Kenneth R. Philp and Elliott
West. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1976. Pp. xxii+ 124. In-
troduction, notes. $7.95.)
The Making of a History. By Gregory M. Tobin. (Austin: University of
Texas Press, 1976. Pp. x+ 184. Introduction, epilogue, bibliography,
index. $10.95-)
Now that he has been dead for a decade, Walter Prescott Webb has
become a topic for consideration by biographers and historians. Both of
these books are tributes to the man and his work. Essays on Walter Pres-
cott Webb is the tenth volume resulting from the Walter Prescott Webb
Memorial Lectures sponsored each year by the University of Texas at
Arlington, and the first volume to use the honoree as the lecture subject.
The four essays, which were presented at the University of Texas at
Arlington on April 3, 1975 and which are included in this volume, are
"Walter Prescott Webb and the South" by Joe B. Frantz; "Australians
and the Comparative Frontier" by W. Turrentine Jackson; "Walter Webb's
Arid West: Four Decades Later" by W. Eugene Hollon; and "The Webb
'Great Frontier' Hypothesis and International Law" by George Wolfskill.
Each of the authors is a former student of Webb's and each is an author-

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