The first and only authoritative history of San Antonio politics and commerce, and its major effect on the development of the city.
Connects business and politics
Illustrates how the urban design of SA is directly impacted by business and politics
Identifies Boosterism as the primary driving force in SA's development
Illustrates the uneven distribution of city services due to direct impact of boosterism. i.e. no business advocates means no water service
David R. Johnson: David R. Johnson is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he taught for more than thirty-five years. His honors there include the 1994 President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence and the 1995 President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Service. Among his books are Illegal Tender: Counterfeiting and the Secret Service, 1863–1899 and The Politics of San Antonio: Community, Progress, and Power, which he co-edited with John Booth and Richard Harris. Johnson lives in North Carolina.