A Man's Grasp Should Exceed his Reach: A Biography of Sociologist Austin Larimore Porterfield (review)

A Man's Grasp Should Exceed his Reach: A Biography of Sociologist Austin Larimore Porterfield... BookReviews McConal employs his search for the bridges across the Brazos as a uniting theme in spinning yarns about the people and places he found. The search led him to big cities, small towns, and remote rural locations. He beautifully chronicles the life stories of the people who live and have lived around these structures. The narrative approaches being a folk history. For heritage tourists desiring a guide to cultural resources along the Brazos River, the book provides just such a front-seat companion. Users wanting to learn about the histories of the bridges spanning the river, however, will be a little disappointed. Only in some instances did McConal even note the dates of construction for the bridges he visited, except in an appendix at the back of the volume. Maybe I have too much of a technological bent, but I found myself wanting to learn more. McConal began his hunt for bridges spanning the Brazos in Knox County, on the Rolling Plains, but the Brazos and its bridges start much higher in its drainage. He does not explain the omission of the bridges spanning the upper reaches of the main (Double Mountain) fork starting in Lubbock County or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

A Man's Grasp Should Exceed his Reach: A Biography of Sociologist Austin Larimore Porterfield (review)

Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 110 (3) – Mar 28, 2007

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Texas State Historical Association
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BookReviews McConal employs his search for the bridges across the Brazos as a uniting theme in spinning yarns about the people and places he found. The search led him to big cities, small towns, and remote rural locations. He beautifully chronicles the life stories of the people who live and have lived around these structures. The narrative approaches being a folk history. For heritage tourists desiring a guide to cultural resources along the Brazos River, the book provides just such a front-seat companion. Users wanting to learn about the histories of the bridges spanning the river, however, will be a little disappointed. Only in some instances did McConal even note the dates of construction for the bridges he visited, except in an appendix at the back of the volume. Maybe I have too much of a technological bent, but I found myself wanting to learn more. McConal began his hunt for bridges spanning the Brazos in Knox County, on the Rolling Plains, but the Brazos and its bridges start much higher in its drainage. He does not explain the omission of the bridges spanning the upper reaches of the main (Double Mountain) fork starting in Lubbock County or

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Published: Mar 28, 2007

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