The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 156
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imply. This, in the reviewer's mind, seriously detracts from the
book's claim to being in any sense definitive. It seems that it
should be highly provocative, however, of an increased interest and
discussion of Santa Anna's real place in history.
The glimpse which the author gives of Mexican life and char-
acter is illuminating. His Chapter VIII on "The Apothesis of a
Leg," is very graphically written, and reveals considerable insight
into the character of the Mexican people. His description of the
taking of the Alamo; of the Battle of San Jacinto; of the after
episodes of Santa Anna's capture, and of his enthusiastic reception
as he travels to Washington and is entertained by the President of
the United States, are interesting reading.
The account given by the author of the military operations in
which Santa Anna showed himself at his best are, according to this
writer's opinion, the best written chapters of the book. They go
under the titles of "Old Peg-Leg Versus Old Zack," and "A New
Cortez." In these chapters the author deals in but few of those
puns and pungent remarks characteristic of the work in general,
and limits himself more closely to an interesting relation of the
facts and episodes of the operations of the war. He shows him-
self capable of the historian's approach in dealing with the facts
under consideration. The characterization of Santa Anna which
he allows to appear in these chapters is in distinctive contrast to
the characteristics with which he generally clothes him in other
parts of the work. The final chapter, entitled "Last Avatar," con-
tains an interesting account, in a well written style, of the last
twenty-two years of Santa Anna's life. No better account has
ever been written of this part of his life. A more complete and
more impartial study of the man and the period on the part of
American students of history, it is to be hoped, will result from
this popular sketch of Santa Anna.
WALTER E. HANCOCK.
Summer publications of The South-West Press, Dallas, are:
Mirabeau B. Lamar by Professor Herbert P. Gambrell of Southern
Methodist University, Gentlemen in, the White Hats (the Texas
Rangers), by C. L. Douglas, Tall Tales from Texas Cow Camps
by Professor Mody C. Boatwright of The University of Texas, and
Czech Pioneers of the Southwest by Sarah Estelle Hudson.
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