Featured Collection: Hindsight Is 20/20

By Tonia Wood, Senior Reference Archivist

The current Featured Collection book display in the Reference Reading Room, “Hindsight Is 20/20” offers lessons from events of the past.

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is often a time for reflection and planning. “Hindsight is 20/20” is a fitting theme for the first Featured Collection of 2020. You can explore these and other questions using TSLAC library resources:

  • What have we as a state or nation learned from earlier wars, disasters and crises?
  • How have our past ideas of the future been fulfilled?

The following list of publications, many on view through January 2020 at the Lorenzo de Zavala building, room 109, is just a small sampling of what is available in our collections. Please note that some of the items are only available online.

Two U.S. government publications included in the featured collection display, “Hindsight Is 20/20.”

Click on a title to access the catalog record which contains links to online resources. To search for additional publications, check out our catalog at www.tsl.texas.gov/catalog.



Call number


9/11, ten years later : insights on al-Qaeda’s past & future through captured records : conference proceedings

Fenner, Lorry M.

D 5.417/2:AL 7


A Look at “The end of history?”

Jensen, Kenneth M. (Kenneth Martin)

Y 3.P 31:2 H 62 [microfiche]


A plea for justice : the Timothy Cole story

McKinley, Fred B.

345.73 M215p


A raid too far : Operation Lam Son 719 and Vietnamization in Laos

Willbanks, James H.

ZTA475.8 W663ar


Al-Qaida after ten years of war : a global perspective of successes, failures, and prospects

Cigar, Norman L.

D 214.2:AL 1


Archaeology, history, and Custer’s last battle [computer file] : the Little Big Horn reexamined

Fox, Richard A.

Available online


Austin, Texas, the future great manufacturing center of the South : the healthiest city in the South ; facts for the consideration of tourists, home-seekers, investors, manufacturers and merchants

Commercial Club, Austin, Tex.

976.431 C736a


Beyond Texas through time : breaking away from past interpretations

Buenger, Walter L. (Walter Louis)

Z TA475.8 B862be


Black Reconstruction in America : an essay toward a history of the part which black folk played in the attempt to reconstruct democracy in America, 1860-1880

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt)

973.8 D852 1966


Command decisions

Blumenson, Martin

D 114.2:D 35/987


Contested empire : rethinking the Texas Revolution

Haynes, Sam W. (Sam Walter)

Z TA475.8 C767


Convicted by juries, exonerated by science : case studies in the use of DNA evidence to establish innocence after trial

Connors, Edward F.

J 28.24/3:C 76/2


Cook & Peary [computer file] : the polar controversy, resolved

Bryce, Robert M.

Available online


Cuatro Vientos : a reconsideration of seven prehistoric sites in the lower Rio Grande plains of south Texas, Webb County

Carpenter, Steve

A1900.7 P422 NO.3755


Custer in cyberspace [electronic resource]

Gompert, David C.

Available online


Essays on the Mexican Revolution : revisionist views of the leaders

Beezley, William H.

Z UA100.8 B393E


Federal participation: HemisFair ’68

United States. Department of Commerce

917.303 H373 1968


Houston strong : Hurricane Harvey, lessons learned and the path forward : field hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, second session, April 9, 2018

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Homeland Security

Y 4.H 75:115-56


I cannot forget : imprisoned in Korea, accused at home

Moore, Johnny

Z TA475.8 M784ic


If you’d only called us sooner : a guide to tenant-landlord counseling

Wattles, Chuck W.

C2400.5 IF1


Justice without law : a reconsideration of the “Broad Equitable Powers” of the Federal Courts

United States. Department of Justice. Office of Legal Policy

J 1.96:L 41


Lee’s mistake [electronic resource] : learning from the decision to order Pickett’s Charge

Gompert, David C.

Available online


Living lessons from the New London explosion

Jackson, R. L.

614.83 J137


Myth, memory, and massacre : the Pease River capture of Cynthia Ann Parker

Carlson, Paul Howard

Z TT422.8 C197my


O’Neil Ford on architecture

Ford, O’Neil

Z UA380.8 F754on


Out of control : lessons learned from the Superconducting Super Collider : a staff report

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Y 4.EN 2/3:103-S


Pipe dreams [electronic resource] : greed, ego, and the death of Enron

Bryce, Robert M.

Available online


Report of the high school explosion and disaster of London, Texas


614.83 H537s


Report on postwar findings about Iraq’s WMD programs and links to terrorism and how they compare with prewar assessments : together with additional and minority views

United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence

Y 1.1/2:SERIAL 15015


Sixty years of NASA leadership in human space exploration : past, present, and future : hearing before the Subcommittee on Space, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, second session, September 26, 2018

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (2011). Subcommittee on Space, author.

Y 4.SCI 2:115-74


Submarine warfare, offensive and defensive : including a discussion of the offensive torpedo system, its effects upon iron-clad ship systems, and influence upon future naval wars

Barnes, John S. (John Sanford)

623.45 B262


Texans and war : new interpretations of the state’s military history

Mendoza, Alexander

Z TA475.8 M522te


Texas energy sector : past and future

Prozzi, Jolanda

T1311.7 R311 NO.6513-1B c.2


The 75 greatest management decisions ever made

Crainer, Stuart

Available online


The federal response to Hurricane Katrina : lessons learned

United States. Executive Office of the President

PREX 1.2:K 15


The future is past : regulation and reform in controlling urban land use

Stach, Patricia Burgess

Z UA150.8 F989


The senator and the sharecropper’s son : exoneration of the Brownsville soldiers

Weaver, John Downing

355.1332 W379S


The Texas City disaster : facts and lessons

National Board of Fire Underwriters

976.4139 N213t


There was a woman : La Llorona from folklore to popular culture

Perez, Domino Renee

Z UA380.8 P415TH


Thucydides was right : defining the future threat

Gray, Colin S.

Available online


Urban Texas: past-present-future : a report

Harris, Joe B.

U1500.8 UR1


War and the environment : military destruction in the modern age

Closmann, Charles E. (Charles Edwin)

Z TA475.8 C624wa


West Fertilizer, off the grid : the problem of unidentified chemical facilities : hearing before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, first session, August 1, 2013

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Homeland Security. Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Y 4.H 75:113-30


What went wrong at Enron [electronic resource] : everyone’s guide to the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history

Fusaro, Peter C.

Available online


When the news went live : Dallas 1963

Huffaker, Robert

973.922 W574


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