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was a playboy, much fonder of spending money on lavish parties in
Cuba than making it. After eighteen years, his life-style brought him
down and the empire was on the verge of collapse. His sister, mean-
while, had married a very successful doctor and became a "highly
visible figure among Milwaukee's upper crust" (p. 135). Her daughter,
in turn, married a Harvard-trained lawyer, whom the in-laws per-
suaded to come to Texas with them and help save the Buchanan legacy.
He did. Thus John O'Boyle and his law school friend, James Heldt,
whom O'Boyle convinced to join in the venture, are the dominant char-
acters in the story of the last thirty-five years of the Bodcaw Company
(the name chosen for the reorganized holdings and taken from Bu-
chanan's first lumber operation).
The company headquarters were moved to Dallas, its lands (which
had never previously been touched after the timber was cut) were re-
forested, its mineral rights were successfully exploited (much of it in
partnership with H. L. Hunt), and plants to process the new timber
were built as it began to mature. The final results of these activities
came in 1979 when International Paper outbid Weyerhaeuser for Bod-
caw's assets to the tune of $805 million.
Archer Mayor is a skillful writer. Some of his chapters have a dra-
matic impact, but a few things give one pause about this book as history.
First, with a plea that many individuals would not talk to him without
the guarantee of anonymity, he does not identify the source of any
quotations but instead gives only a list of all those he talked to. Second,
he only once cites company records, though he occasionally implies
that records exist, and he does not even tell where the records might be
found. Finally, I came away with the impression that this was a project
sponsored by the family or someone close to the company. The author,
publisher, and reader would be well served by clearing up that issue.
Stephen F. Austin State University JAMES V. REESE
Breaking Trazl: Hudson Stuck of Texas and Alaska. By David M. Dean.
(Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, Swallow Press, 1988.
Pp. xii+344. Preface, illustrations, notes, index. $29.95.)
It is appropriate that Dean's biography of Hudson Stuck appeared in
print in 1988, for in that same year the University Press reprinted
Stuck's Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled, one of the best travel books
ever written about Alaska. The author's perceptive descriptions of pio-
neer life along the trails and his firm and informed opinions make the
volume a memorable experience. In 1989, Nebraska republished Stuck's
The Ascent of Denali, the author's account of the Stuck-Karstens first
climb of North America's highest mountain.


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