David J. Weber, Book Review Editor

Book Reviews

Our Historic Desert: The Story of the Anza-Borrego Desert
By Diana Elaine Lindsay. Reviewed by Alfred Runte
A Venture in History. The Production, Publication, and Sale of the Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft
By Harry Clark. Reviewed by J. R. K. Kantor
Helen Hunt Jackson
By Evelyn I. Banning. Reviewed by Elizabeth C. MacPhail
The Kikuchi Diary: Chronicle from an American Concentration Camp
Edited by John Modell. Reviewed by David Dufault
Farewell To Manzanar
By Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. Reviewed by David Dufault
Wines and Vines of California
By Frona Eunice Wait. Reviewed by Rodney D. Strong
The Pilgrim Church in California
By Rev. Francis J. Weber. Reviewed by Sister Catherine McShane
Yesterdays in Escondido
By Frances B. Ryan. Reviewed by Eloise Perkins
Politics of Land, Ralph Nader’s Study Group Report on Land Uses in California
By Robert C. Fellmeth. Reviewed by David A. Williams
They Were Only Diggers: A Collection of Articles from California Newspapers, 1851-1866, On Indian and White Relations
Edited by Robert F. Heizer. Reviewed by Richard N. Ellis

Book Notes

Los Angeles and Its Environs in the Twentieth Century. A Bibliography of a Metropolis
Los Angeles Metropolitan History Project
Fire and Blood. A History of Mexico
By T. R. Fehrenbach
The Golden State’s Religious Pioneer
By Rev. Francis J. Weber
Bibliography of the Diegueño Indians
By Ruth Farrell Almstedt
A “Pile,” A Glance at the Wealth of the Monied Men of San Francisco and Sacramento City, An Accurate List of the Lawyers, Their Former Places of Residence, and Date of Their Arrival in San Francisco

At last paperback books on Mexican Americans, designed for use in university and high school level courses, are becoming plentiful enough that instructors can begin to pick and choose. Three recent examples are: Readings on La Raza: The Twentieth Century, edited by Matt S. Meier and Feliciano Rivera (New York: Hill and Wang, 1974), which contains a nice blending of short pieces by both contemporaries and later writers; An Awakened Minority: The Mexican Americans, edited by Manuel P. Servin (2nd ed.; Beverly Hills: Glencoe Press, 1974), which contains fewer but longer and more complete selections than the Meier and Rivera volume, and also touches on the pre-twentieth century; and The Changing Mexican-American, edited by Rudolph Gomez (Pruett Press [19731), whose general interdisciplinary approach seems best suited for introductory courses. DJW