On the presumption that the history of the paper is the history of Texas, this should be exciting reading, for the story of Texas is grand adventure. But this is a dull book, the author seems to lack the imagination and the style to put it over. He is dully factual, has no flair for human interest or drama. He reviews the history of Texas, from 1817 when Bangs, who was to father The News, went there on his first expedition. The winning of independence, the joining the Union, the Civil War, the Reconstruction period, the economic growth, chiefly as seen through the eyes of the News. Possible sale through local interest, but doubt anything further.