Books: One Cherry, One Bite

SAM HOUSTON, COLOSSUS IN BUCKSKIN—George Creel—Cosmopolitan ($3). The annexation of Texas was so much a matter of politics that the real issues, violent and blood-spattered, are dimmed. George Creel* brings them to light through the colorful story of Sam Houston, dreamer, drunkard, man of action. A youth, in Tennessee, he showed dangerous scholastic tendencies, poring over Pope's Iliad, so his brothers set him clerking in the village store. Seeking refuge with the Cherokees, Sam announced in grandiloquent terms worthy of his master, Pope, that he preferred measuring deer tracks to tape; and later...