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Intervention!: The United States and the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1917 2nd Pntg Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393313185
ISBN-10: 0393313182
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This history of the United States's meddling in Mexican affairs features a cast of characters who don't make either side look very good. President Woodrow Wilson regularly misapprehends the situation to his south, prompting two violations of Mexican sovereignty: a naval occupation of Veracruz and an aggressive search by the American military for the bandit Pancho Villa, who raided a town in New Mexico. The Mexican politicians were hardly exemplars of democratic enlightenment, but the American response to their shenanigans sparked an enormous amount of national indignation in Mexico that still hasn't entirely vanished. Brigadier General John J. Pershing, the man charged with hunting down Villa, comes across as an upright soldier and one of the book's few noble figures; he's the central character in Eisenhower's most entertaining section.

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Retired brigadier general Eisenhower describes U.S. involvement in the Mexican Revolution and Wilson's confrontations with junta leader Victoriano Huerta and legendary bandit Pancho Villa.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2nd Pntg edition (July 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393313182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393313185
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent sythesis of the latest research and writings of the specialists in the field of US Mexican relations. It is just enough for the non specialist to enjoy and frankly, for a specialist such as myself in this period, I found it well worth reading too. It reads well and can be read in a couple of days at most.
While I have had for even longer a copy of Alan Knight's massive synthesis I admit that I have yet to read that one all the way through. Just the footnotes alone could take a day.
If you want a good sort out of the major players on both sides of the border this is for you. Ronald Atkins' Revolution once was the "one book if you're having only one", but that one is long out of print. This is an even better one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By boblopez@hooked.net on March 8, 1998
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The author has done a good job in presenting the facts and history leading up to the American intervention into Mexican affairs during the early part of this (20th) century. This book details the American air of superiority as well as Pancho Villa's reason's for raiding Columbus, NM. This is a great book for anyone interested in that period of Mexican-American history
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Clay Jr. on June 21, 2001
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Tough as nails history that tells of Mexico during the years of revolution and civil war. Pancho Villa and John "Blackjack" Pershing's punitive expedition is the focal point of the book. The author explains that bungling interventions in Mexico by American politicians didn't alter the fact that Mexicans ultimately determined their own governement. The book is a good introduction to a subject that may be obscure to many American readers, especially 85 years later. Eisenhower does well fleshing out details in the text, in several appendices, and thorough notations. Only a fellow named "Eisenhower" can give one this powerful insider perspective of military and political history. Recommended for multiple reading and further study. ;-)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Juan Cardenas on January 6, 2001
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I found this book to be extremely well written. It is a topic that engenders many passions, and, opinions on this topic often are based on these passions. The author plainly puts the historical events in perspective in a way that all the events and the characters make sense. The author does not take sides even though he may glamorize Pershing somewhat. The organization of the book is superb and the descriptions of specific events and of specific characters such as Madero, Zapata, Carranza, Huerta, Funston, Obregon and others are excellent. I would recommend this book to anybody, Mexican, American or otherwise, interested in the events of this inevitable and tragic period in the history of Mexico. A very "readable" book. Juan Cardenas
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mastermindquiet on March 1, 2011
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This is the story of the United States interventions into Mexico in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Eisenhower tells the story as a narrative without evaluation or moralizing and delivers a pleasantly readable history that moves along well without bogging down in details, yet does tell the story that at times goes down to the personal level of the participants. Most histories of this period confine themselves to the Pershing expedition, but this book also thoroughly examines the American seizure of Veracruz in 1914, probably one of the provocative and ill-considered military operations ever undertaken by the US against our neighbor to the south. Strongly recommended for those with interests in military and international history.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PR on August 23, 2012
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This narrative history fits the "gee whiz" version of events. Derived from English language secondary sources, it fails to explain the deeper motives of the U.S. in Mexico. Those included an arms build up in Veracruz in order to secure the defeat of the Villistas and Zapatistas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Wheatley on May 28, 2013
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Well researched and presented entertainingly. Eisenhower reserves judgement on questionable decisions but appropriately presents each side of many of the factors and decisions affecting the conflict.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clay C. Rowe on August 17, 2008
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Great book for an introduction to the subject! It does a good job of covering the topic with plenty of good historical context and in the framework of the political machinations of the time. John Eisenhower writes in a smooth and easy-to-read style, and he throws in personal experiences of some of those who lived (and died) through some of these events, to keep it personal and interesting. I highly recommend this book for the history-lover who wants to learn about this particular time of Mexican-American relations.
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