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was aided by them at Pecos and Charles C. Di Peso was the beneficiary at
A compelling aspect of this biography lies in its continuous attention to the
playing out of Bandelier's own experiences in relation to the development of the
discipline of anthropology. This is achieved in part by viewing personal events
against the background of internal institutional dynamics at the Archaeological
Institute of America and the American Museum of Natural History. Also facilitat-
ing this perspective are glimpses into and accounts of Bandelier's sometimes
striking relationships with major figures in anthropology such as Lewis Henry
Morgan, Frank Hamilton Cushing, Edgar Lee Hewett, Frederick Ward Putnam,
Frederick W. Hodge, Jesse Walter Fewkes, and Franz Boas.
It may be true that biographers as a lot are addicted to exacting and tedious
work. In this case, the relentlessness of the authors' pursuit of detailed informa-
tion to substantiate particulars is especially impressive. The book is a solid, rea-
soned, feet-on-the-ground lesson in the labors and fruits of thorough research.
Bandelier's colorful life is traced for us by the two scholars who arguably under-
stand that life better than anyone. Theirs is not an untempered love affair with
the subject of their inquiry; Lange and Riley are painfully aware of Bandelier's
limitations. Yet he is ultimately viewed as "one of the great scholars and genuine-
ly interesting human beings of his time" (P. 253).
Towson State University VICTOR B. FISHER
Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch: A Worldwide Sea of Grass. By John Cypher. (Austin:
University of Texas Press, 1995- Pp. 239. Foreword, afterword, illustrations,
index. ISBN 0-292-71171-9. $29-95, cloth.)
The story of the vast King Ranch, which sprawls over more than 800,ooo acres
of deep south Texas, is legendary, made so in part by its size and isolation, its
colorful founder, Capt. Richard King, and its unparalleled longevity as a busi-
ness. During the mid-twentieth century, that legend received a double-barreled
charge from the management, life style, and energy of its manager for fifty years,
RobertJustus "Bob" Kleberg.
From the early 1920os until his death in 1974, Bob Kleberg pushed the King
Ranch from near bankruptcy in the Depression to make it a world-wide cattle
empire. During that time, he succeeded in creating a new and remarkable breed
of cattle, the Santa Gertrudis, and also made a large contribution to the develop-
ment of the American Quarter Horse breed, which today is the foundation for
working ranch horses.
The story's author, John Cypher, worked on the King Ranch for forty years,
most of the time as Bob Kleberg's personal assistant. In this poignant account,
Cypher candidly deals with Kleberg's taste for good wine and young women.
Through anecdotes and well-written historical narrative, Cypher tells the story
of the King Ranch's expansion around the world. Careful not to laud the
ranch's success-the expansion was financed primarily from highly profitable
oil leases with Humble-Cypher offers a surprisingly balanced, and tactful,
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