This is an interesting study of a topic that has recently gained public attention. In early 2005, the Texas state legislature considered a bill that would honor two Tejanos who were executed during the Plan de San Diego insurrection. The book is a composite of the authors’ life-long work dealing with the border and the 1910 revolution in Mexico. Harris and Sadler consider the Rangers a badly paid force living off their earlier reputation and fraught with indiscipline while answering to opportunistic governors who packed the Rangers with loyal, but frequently incompetent, followers.

This study provides many revelations. Readers will learn that the Rangers were not an all-Anglo group; 23 were Mexican Americans during the 1910 – 20 period. It is amazing to discover that the ranks of the Rangers had fallen to only 13 by 1912, increasing to 150 by 1919. The Rangers observed and often sympathized with Mexican...

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