Different views about the future of the city arise from the personalities of those who must decide. Some council men, like local businessman Max Berger, put their own agenda before what should be done for the city. Others, like Dr. Travis McNeil and wealthy rancher Cal Masters, have the city’s best interest at heart and must stand their ground to fight for what they believe is right.
By working through the plans for city expansion, the men who sit around the horseshoe-shaped council table come to realize the strains that they have been under from their work with the council. City Manager David Hartwell knows that the many hours he spends in the office have affected his family and have caused the problems that they are facing. In the same way, newspaper reporter Tom Kencaide finds that his commitment to covering the council and exposing the truth has kept him from committing to his fiancée and reporting the news he feels the people should hear.
The Wooden Horseshoe, first published by Doubleday in 1964, shows that city government can consume the ones who take part in it. Those involved have to decide if they can reach a point where they do what is best for the city as well as for themselves.
About the Author
Published by Texas Christian University Press