2018 Book Reviews 125 Carrozza makes impressive use of newspaper coverage from the Parr era, and virtually all of the relevant collections were consulted (although these archives are not listed in the bibliography), but the book could have provided a more nuanced portrait of South Texas politics —e.g., the arguably less-venal leadership of Tejano bosses such as Manuel Bravo—if related historical studies had been referenced, from David Montejano’s Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836–1986 (University of Texas Press, 1987) to J. Gilberto Quesada’s Border Boss: Manuel B. Bravo and Zapata County (Texas A&M University Press, 1999). The Dukes of Duval perceptively depicts George and Archie Parr’s increasingly lashing out at those around them as legal authorities circled them. But while Archie ended up ser ving jail time, George could not bear the thought of imprisonment; he committed suicide on his ranch, Los Horcones, in 1975. Carrozza concludes by noting, “The time of the old- fashioned ward heeler has passed, replaced by political action committees” (349). Indeed, that important insight merits elucidation, particularly at this moment in our nation’s history when the vast majority of Americans worry that major financial contributions wield outsize influence on our political
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 12, 2018
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