The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989 Page: 376

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rapidly and which survives in harsh environments, is enjoying a renais-
sance: cattlemen want to cross it with their herds of less-hearty cattle.
The book, rather than serving as a scholarly treatise, represents a brief
essay on the renewed interest in the breed. In that limited sense, it is a
good study.
The Texas Cowboy is a different kind of book. Elmer Kelton, a West
Texas agricultural writer and novelist, provides a personal, but excel-
lent, assessment of cowboy life in the early twentieth century. He grew
up on a West Texas cattle ranch. But the major contribution of the
book is its reproduction of many fine drawings, paintings, and sculp-
tures of cowboy scenes, activity, paraphernalia, and accoutrements.
The work of some fifteen artists is included. Don Worcester provides a
highly readable narrative that treats, albeit briefly, nearly every aspect
of work associated with cowboy life and Texas ranching in their ephem-
eral heyday after the Civil War. Although designed for a popular audi-
ence, The Texas Cowboy, because of its many illustrations, will be enjoyed
as well by western art enthusiasts and serious students of the western
cattle industry. The book contains neither a bibliography nor notes on
Although the works are deficient in the usual trappings associated
with scholarly endeavors, America's continuing fascination with cow-
boys and cattle raising in the Old West is well served by the book. They
are handsomely put together.
Texas Tech Universzty PAUL H. CARLSON
Soldiers, Sutlers, and Settlers: Garrison Lafe on the Texas Frontier. By Robert
Wooster. Illustrated by Jack Jackson. (College Station, Tex.: Texas
A&M University Press, 1987. Preface, maps, notes, illustrations,
bibliographic essay, index. $22.95.)
Historians and other serious researchers and writers surely have fin-
ished telling the story of the United States Army's military operations
on the western frontier. Few studies of skirmishes and battles and battle
plans involving military troops and the Indians have been published in
recent years. As exciting as those theories have been and as popular as
they have been with the reading public, apparently researchers have
mined all the relevant sources and writers have advanced all possible
interpretations. In view of these developments, researchers and writers
have turned their attention to the garrison life of the soldiers. This sub-
ject may not be as exciting as the Army-Indian conflict, but it is impor-
tant for an understanding of the military frontier. Robert Wooster's
volume is an excellent example of this new genre.


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