The Saga of Texas, a six-volume series of which these two volumes are the first and second, is planned to appeal to the general public by providing, in everyday language and inexpensive but attractive format, the main facts of the history of this state, largely available earlier only in widely scattered articles, school texts, or scholarly tomes.

A Successful Failure covers the period in which Spanish explorers discovered and mapped the territory and Spain struggled to guard it against foreign aggression by establishing Spanish settlers. Although unsuccessful in colonization, Spain left her impress on both land and people through her language, architecture, and colorful customs. In spite of the tragedies and hardships recounted, daring adventure and romance lend interest to the tale.

The second volume is more factual, as much had to be compressed. The settlement of colonists from the United States; their increasing dissatisfaction with the Mexican government; the underlying fear, on its part, of encroachment by the United States; and the grim determination of the Anglo-Americans to resist force—all were factors which led to the independence of Texas. The story is skillfully and largely impartially told.

The writers are to be commended for their judicious selection of material, and with their publisher for both sensing and satisfying a long-standing need.