"on the whole, ''Brutal Journey" is first-rate. Weaving anthropology, archeology, climatology, geography, and a half-dozen other disciplines into a riveting tale of courage, cruelty, and ultimately survival, Schneider does for Cabeza de Vaca and his comrades what the late Stephen Ambrose did (with ''Undaunted Courage") for Lewis and Clark. If Schneider isn't careful, he might be made an honorary Texan."
H. W. Brands is the author of ''Lone Star Nation" and, most recently, ''Andrew Jackson." He teaches history at the University of Texas at Austin.
Causes Paul Schneider Supports
The usual suspects for a writer from Massachusetts, living on Martha's Vineyard no less.