In this volume Sheldon B. Liss of the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame gives a good review of the Chamizal case including source materials, notes, statistics, treaties, documents, and maps.

To those on the border who have lived with the Chamizal problem, however, Liss’s book points up the difficulties facing an outside researcher. When he deals with facts based on his sources, the author is on much safer ground than when he tries to interpret the local atmosphere of the El Paso-Juárez area. It sounds very strange, for instance, when he suggests that the Chamizal is now a center for prostitution, or that its residents will suffer because they cannot find other parts of El Paso with their language and mores. This reviewer hears from a boundary commission official that no displaced persons have been forced to emigrate back to Mexico as a result of settlement of the dispute.

The book loses in depth because the author has not evaluated in more detail the juridical issues of the 1911 arbitration, which was essentially a legal procedure and broke down for legal reasons. The president of an arbitral commission serves as an umpire, and the 1911 litigation was not particularly arbitrary or confusing as is alleged here. Professor Liss presents his material in an interesting style, but his work would be more useful to scholars if it had an index.