The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 98, July 1994 - April, 1995 Page: 633
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potentially embarrassing details, however, showing a reluctance to name names
when presenting disagreeable information. This is a "happy book," mostly sun-
shine and little rain; when a cloud appears on the horizon, it is noted and ig-
nored. The reader gets a much better sense of the individuals' accomplishments
than of the individuals themselves.
Primarily descriptive, the book generally lacks historical analysis. Readers seek-
ing insight into the water issues of the day will not find it here. Sources for the
book are primarily the Engineering News-Record and letters and diaries of the prin-
cipals. In places, the documentation is erratic, and the authors tend to quote
documents at length, which makes for slow reading. They also fail to define tech-
nical terms such as "hydraulic jump," and the book cries out for good maps. As
an "in-house" history, it should be approached with caution.
Freese and Sizemore do give a good sense of the state of the engineering busi-
ness in early twentieth century Texas. Although they occasionally launch into ex-
tended technical descriptions of interest primarily to engineers, the book should
also interest environmental historians and historians of engineering, especially
those of water and sewage-disposal theories and practices, as well as those inter-
ested in Texas and Fort Worth history. It would probably not appeal to a general
audience. As a history of a major engineering firm, it makes a contribution to
business history, especially of firms of regional importance.
University of North Texas
J. B. SMALLWOOD
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