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Great books about Mexico
Jose G. Castillo Galindo
Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico
"Great job, really. A must."
"Essential reading to understand a crucial period in the history of Mexico. It has been common to speak ill of Diaz. Hopefully, this will help for a better understanding of the man and his time"
"This is the passionate view of a foreign journalist. Notwithstanding, the book is valuable since it provides the reader with a first-hand look of the Mexican Revolution during its early stages."
Zapata and the Mexican Revolution
"A classic. This book goes in deep to the analysis of the agrarian questions giving rise to the Mexican Revolution"
Mexico: Biography of Power
"A must for everyone interested in the political history of the Mexican XX Century. Brilliant and elegant."
The Life and Times of Pancho Villa
"Who was this man, after all? Was he a truly revolutionary, or just a bandit? This book goes beyond and helps to demythologize the Mexican Major General who did invade the USA territory."
Secret War in Mexico: Europe, the United States, and the Mexican Revolution
"The title says everything."
Mexican Phoenix: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition across Five Centuries
"Mexican Catholicism could not be fully understood without the Virgin of Guadalupe. A very serious work about the story, tradition, and influence of the Lady of the Tepeyac upon the Mexican society."
The Labyrinth of Solitude: The Other Mexico, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, Mexico and the United States, the Philanthropic Ogre
"Required reading for everyone interested to unravel the psychology of the Mexican people. Should we talk about the most important work of Octavio Paz?"
Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans
"A close view of the way we were (are we, still?) in a recent past."
La política económica en México, 1950-1994 (Seccion de obras de historia) (Spanish Edition)
"Excellent work when comparing two different approaches pursuing economic development, the "stabilizing" vs. the "sharing" models. Essential to understand the permanent crisis emerged in the mid'70s."
Economic Transformation the Mexican Way (Lionel Robbins Lectures)
"A detail recounting on the political economy under the Salinas' administration. The official point of view."
Mexico: The Remaking of an Economy
"The answer to Pedro Aspe's "Economic Transformation" from an academic perspective."
Mexico 1994: Anatomy of an Emerging-Market Crash
"Great piece of research on the causes, policies implemented, and consequences of the "December mistake" (Salinas' dixit)."
Political Economy of Income Distribution in Mexico
"Highly recommended collection of papers written by Mexican academics, that became crucial actors during the last years of the unique party system."
Five Families: Mexican Case Studies in the Culture of Poverty
"The seminal work of Mr. Lewis. The particular evolution of five destinies linked with five families, all of them coming from the same town."
The Children of Sanchez
"The classic work of Oscar Lewis. Banned during the early sixties in Mexico, due to the frontal exposure of a cruel reality that was kept undercover by a hypocrite society and its authorities."
Tragicomedia mexicana 1: La vida en Mexico de 1940 a 1970, No. 4 (Espejo de Mexico) (Espejo de Mexico) (Spanish Edition)
"An entertaining way to rummage in the political, economic, cultural and social events of the XX Century in Mexico. A three volume compilation with a dose of humour."
Massacre in Mexico
"The voices of the actors involved in the students' movement of 1968, and the tragic events of October 2nd."
Nothing, Nobody: The Voices Of the Mexico City Earthquake
"Again, Elenita give the floor to the victims of the 1985's earthquake that transforms Mexico City and its society. Bloodcurdling narrations."
Marcos: la genial impostura( nuevo siglo)
"Just read it! (Warning: old-fashioned leftists, avoid it; it will hurt)"
Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy
"Essential to understand 02/07/2000. It details the events between '68 and 2000, which gave democracy a first chance in 70 yrs. The epilogue, to be written, will not be a happy one, I'm afraid."
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