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Mexico

Biogaphy of Power

by Enrique Krauze

On Sale: 04/09/2013

Price: $16.49

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Mexico

Biogaphy of Power

by Enrique Krauze

On Sale: 04/09/2013

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Price: $16.49

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Throughout the history of Mexico, power has mostly been held by a caudillo, or leader. The influence of caudillos has had as much influence on Mexican culture and politics as the Aztec emperors, Cortez, the Spanish Crown, the Catholic Church and the mixing of the Spanish and Indian population into a mestizo culture.

In Mexico, Enrique Krauze explores the influence of a century of caudillos — from insurgent priests in 1810 to Porfiro Díaz and the Revolution in 1910. The caudillo legacy can also be seen in Mexico’s presidents, from the Revolutionary Era to modern times. So influential have these leaders been, that in many ways, the biography of each has determined the history of the country. Krauze’s insightful work will give students a new understanding of Mexico’s government and history.

Enrique Krauze is a well-known Mexican historian and journalist who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, and The New Republic. He lives in Mexico City.

“A magisterial history ... Mr. Krauze’s book will surely stand for many years as the standard history of postcolonial Mexico.” — Wall Street Journal

Critical Praise

"Krauze offers a unique perspective of modern Mexico by interweaving the biographies of a number of consequential nineteenth- and twentieth-century leaders into a cohesive historical overview of the Mexican nation. . . . An insightful examination of how this unbroken cycle of power has played a decisive role in the political and social history of Mexico." — Booklist

"A book which fulfills to perfection the two-fold requirement for works of history: it combines rigorous investigation with an imagination that makes the past and people and events come alive." — Octavio Paz, author of The Labyrinth of Solitude

"A book worthy of Mexico's tumultuous history and vital to our understanding." — Kenneth Maxwell, Time

"A magisterial history...Mr. Krauze's book will surely stand for many years as the standard history of postcolonial Mexico...with its scope and color, his mural makes its powerful, unique impression." — Wall Street Journal

"A vast interpretive synthesis of two centuries of Mexican political history. . . . Krauze is masterful in bringing his characters to life." — John Bailey, Washington Post

"Much in the manner of Richard Hofstadter's tour de force The American Political Tradition, Enrique Krauze has sought to tell the remarkable history of Mexico through the men who made it." — Saul Landau, Los Angeles Times

"So what to read for an introduction to what has happened in the last couple of centuries in Mexico? The answer can now be confidently given: Enrique Krauze's original, affecting and often entertaining history of Mexico since 1810. This beautifully written book has been splendidly translated from Spanish by Hank Heifetz." — Hugh Thomas, The New Republic

"Amazingly ambitious. . . . This shrewd and in many ways brave book is necessary reading. With luck it will help Americans appreciate that Mexico is more than an abstract policy dilemma." — Sarah Kerr, New York Times Book Review

"An important contribution to the literature on Mexico's turbulent and fascinating past. . . . His focus on Mexico's leaders—the "great man" approach to history—seems particularly appropriate here and makes this book, however long, a fascinating read." — Business Week

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062285263
  • ISBN 10: 0062285262
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 04/09/2013
  • Pages: 896
  • List Price: $16.49
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Latin America / Central America
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Latin America / Mexico
  • BISAC3 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics