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past, then Mexican historians Harris
and Sadler have given perhaps the
most sweeping revision of this period in
* The Comanche Empire by Pekka
The author builds on the work of
ethno-historians (who established the
fact that the Comanche worked more in
concert as a unified nation rather than a
confederation of bands) by conveying
how this Indian nation used its con-
* Texas Tough: The Rise of America's
Prison Empire by Robert Perkinson
Perkinson's work rests on the argu-
ment that the model for American
imprisonment was not shaped by reform-
ist traditions but by the plantation-based
penal system that evolved in the South,
particularly in Texas.
* Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's
Last Stand & Others Mysteries of the Texas
Revolution by James Crisp
The author reflects on the significance
of race and culture over time and how
individuals and groups have distorted
events and contexts to suit their notions
of a usable past. He reminds that Texas
history is a conscious construction of
events capable of shaping beliefs and
JERRY THOMPSON, Ph.D., professor
of history at Texas Ac&M International
University in Laredo, has written
numerous books on Texas and Civil
War history. In 2005, he received the
T.R. Fehrenbach Award for Civil War
and Revolution on the Rio Grande.
Chronicles of the Narvaez Expedition by
Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
This book is the first and a most fasci-
nating history of Texas and its first
Americans. Cabeza de Vaca, a 16th-
century Spanish explorer, recounts the
nine years spent journeying across the
southern region of America, including
* An Empire for Slavery, the Peculiar
Institution in Texas, 1821-1865 by
Randolph B. Campbell
The author presents the first compre-
hensive study of the history of slavery in
* Stephen E Austin: Empresario of Texas
by Greg Cantrell
This book is by far the best biography
of this Texas history giant.
* Our Catholic Heritage in Texas by
Carlos E. Castaneda (seven volume
This book sets the early stage for his-
tory scholarship with accounts of the
Spanish missionary expeditions and
settlement during 16th-century Texas.
(Editor's Note: these volumes are highly-
prized at auction houses.)
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