David J. Weber, Book Review Editor
Mexico and the Old Southwest: People, Palaver, and Places. By Haldeen Braddy. (Port Washington, N.Y., Kennikat Press, 1971). Illustrations. 229 pages. $12.50.
Folklorist and historian Haldeen Braddy, best known to Southwesterners for his writings on Pancho Villa, has assembled twenty-nine of his previously published essays to form this book. Chatty and anecdotal, the essays were written over the last thirty years and focus on the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez area which Braddy knows so well. As border residents, San Diegans will also find much of interest in these pages, most notably: “Queens of the Bullring,” which discusses female bullfighters; “Running Contraband on the Rio Grande”; and pieces on the language of smugglers, narcotic users, and pachucos in the Southwest.