Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1991


Published in Great Plains Research 1:1 (February 1991), pp. 171–172. Copyright © 1991 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This book provides an insightful and useful case study of political compromise and regional conflict resolution stemming from the construction of multipurpose development projects on the Colorado River of Texas. The author focuses on the maneuvering of Texas politicians such as James P. Buchanan, J. J. Mansfield, and Lyndon B. Johnson in creating the Lower Colorado River Authority, and bringing a New Deal reclamation project complete with dams, reservoirs, and hydroelectric power stations to central Texas. The book is divided into six chapters, supplemented by a brief introduction, an extensive collection of footnotes, and an excellent bibliography.