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A former Mexico City bureau chief for the New York Times, Riding shows himself to be a sympathetic, informed observer of the complex changes wracking Mexican society and is especially insightful about recent political and economic turbulence and the tension between the Mexican majority and the "Americanized" minority. PW called Riding's analysis "broad, absorbing and up-to-date." January
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"A spectacular piece of work. Alan Riding has a rich under-standing of [Mexico]: anthropology, history, economics, politics, culture, and--not least--psychology."--Anthony LewisSee all Editorial Reviews
There are millions of ways to write on a country -- a thousand different writing objectives or different slants or biases. Read morePublished 17 months ago by K.M. McKay
Very interesting book, even though it had more politics and economics than I would like. Helped me better understand the country I call my second home.Published 19 months ago by linda bentz
Excellent reading for as anyone moving to or doing business with our south of the border neighbors. Very good understanding of the Mexican mind after reading this book.Published on September 10, 2013 by Henry Lopez
This book is a must for anyone interested in Mexico. Covers all facets of Mexico and reads like a novel. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Andre de Toledo
I first got an introduction to this book in 2006. I was supposed to read it for a literature class and never finished the first chapter, but I was thoroughly impressed by what I... Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by Maite
This book provides an analysis of Mexico since the Spanish Conquest, with an emphasis on the 20th century. Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by Newton Ooi
The main reason I bought this book is because the description said it had to do with the Mexican Drug Cartels. Not really talks about it; more like a history of Mexico. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Irving H
It's a sign of how essential this book is that older reviews express frustration that it's twenty years out of date. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by yankee-in-ca