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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
vestonians would rather things had remained that way. Bob's Reader
is a compendium of facts and stories about the island city and is de-
signed, according to the author, TSHA member Bob Nesbitt, to serve
as a pocket field guide for visitors. A glance through this book will
convince the reader of the special spirit and pride of Galvestonians.
The enduring effects of geography and weather on the sea-exposed
city are brought forward over and over again by such lists as "Gal-
veston's Worst Calamities" and the discussion "Why Galveston Did
Not Remain a Metropolis." Galvestonians, and especially Bob, re-
main devoted to their city, as this little book will bear witness. Bob's
Galveston Island, Texas, Reader is available for $3.50 from Robert A.
Nesbitt, 26o8 Avenue O, Galveston 77550.
The fifty-second edition of The Texas Almanac and State Indus-
trial Guide is out, with almost 700oo pages of facts. The Texas-Mexico
Borderlands are featured in a special section written by the Almanac's
editor, Mike Kingston. There is a section on science, with essays on
medical research, dinosaurs, nuclear fusion, hydrogen, and archae-
ology. Other sections deal with recreation and sports; the environ-
ment; counties; population; the Belo Corporation, which publishes the
Almanac and the Dallas Morning News; culture; business and indus-
try; agriculture; the state constitution; history; education; and politics
and government. A pronunciation guide, based on a study begun in
the late 194os by George Mitchel Stokes, lists more than 2,20oo Texas
place names and does much to eliminate confusion in the pronuncia-
tion of the many community names, reflecting the Spanish, Mexican,
French, German, and other language groups that are part of the Texas
heritage. An indispensable reference work, the Almanac sells for
$12.95, hardback, and $7.95, paperback.
Mike has also revised and updated Governors of Texas. This sesqui-
centennial booklet of the Texas Almanac, published by the Dallas
Morning News, features short biographies of the forty men and one
woman who have served as chief executives of Texas. Each governor's
official portrait is reproduced in the booklet, and there are several
appendices that list governors under Spanish and Mexican rule, presi-
dents of the Republic, and other related information. Governors of
Texas is only one of many sesquicentennial projects that Mike is in-
volved in. He is a tireless promoter of Texas studies who feels strongly
that all Texans-natives and newcomers alike-need to have a solid
grounding in the history of their state.
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