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visitor and resident alike as a gargantuan latter-day mission complex
with twice too many Indians, not half enough padres, and a building-
plan laid out by prairie dogs" (pp. 20o6-o07). Anyone with more than
a passing interest in Austin and/or the University of Texas will find
in it much to savour and seriously ponder.
Austin Community College ROGER A. GRIFFIN
The Aggies and the 'Horns: 86 Years of Bad Blood and Good Foot-
ball. By John D. Forsyth. (Austin: Texas Monthly Press, 1981.
Pp. 159. Introduction, illustrations, bibliography. $15.95.)
This is a pleasant little volume that meets all the requirements for
a popular sports history. It is well researched, it is set against a specific
historical background, it takes a stroll down Memory Lane, and it
has excellent photographs. It also happens to be well written, which,
increasingly, is something of a novelty with books of this type. There
are some mistakes that a closer proofreading could have prevented.
In addition, the people in the 1934 photograph are incorrectly identi-
fied (p. 64); it is Weldon, not Wilbur, Hart (p. 80o); and the 1964 Texas
team beat Alabama in the Orange, not the Cotton, Bowl (p. 115).
These errors are unfortunate, but they do not mar the book's overall
The early pages deal with the struggles of the two schools in the
primordial athletic swamps that antedated the formation of the South-
west Conference. From there, the material follows the early confer-
ence years and the development of the teams to national prominence.
In the last part of the book, the author has some difficulty concen-
trating on the rivalry; but it is not entirely his fault. Between 1940
and i975, A&M managed only three wins-not much of a record for
three and a half decades. Predictably, in this period, the author's con-
cerns are more with Texas's games against Oklahoma, Arkansas, and
Notre Dame. In the past eight years A&M has won half the games, so
it would appear that the rivalry looms anew.
The eminent literary figure C. P. Snow was, among other things, a
sports enthusiast. He once noted that a major difference between
British and American sports was the latter's emphasis on the coaches.
In keeping with that observation, this volume dedicates considerable
space to the mentors, particularly those at A&8M. However, if Charles
B. (Charley) Moran, Madison A. ("Matty") Bell, Homer Norton, Paul
W. ("Bear") Bryant, Henry C. ("Hank") Foldberg, Gene C. Stallings,


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