Stavans has great fun, it's clear, twitting received wisdom. He observes, for instance, that Mexico's "Niños Heroes" may be an invention of folklore, and wryly remarks that "nationalism turns egotism into an ideology." Alcaraz has just as much fun, subversively borrowing stock figures such as the toucan (a symbol in much Latin American literature) and the skeleton to serve as a kind of ironic Greek chorus. But author and illustrator also fulfill an earnestly undertaken mission: namely, in Stavans's words, to "represent Hispanic civilization as a fiesta of types, archetypes, and stereotypes" and to tell its story from many points of view. In this they succeed admirably, and Latino U.S.A. is required reading for anyone interested in democratic, inclusive historical writing. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In the introduction, the discussion of the relative value of "pop art" vs. "pure art" was very compelling as Stavans takes us through his own life and history and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Miroku Nemeth
As a history teacher, I find graphic re-tellings to be a fun and easier way for students to grasp the concepts I cover. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jo
Amongst: Lincoln had no daughter.
Mexico won independence in 1821.
Loved the approach - needs more indigenous history throughout hemisphere.
This book was class required, so I had to read it. I like the graphic novel side, but the book does seem to push issues rather than talk about history. Read morePublished 23 months ago by case-o
Amusing, lightweight, good bathroom reading - in fact, I have no complaints about this cartoon history book if one expects only clever entertainment. Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by Mary McGreevey
I am pleased with the condition of the book and how fast it was delivered.Published on October 19, 2009 by J. Bardwell
I should have been able to read this comic-book straight through in a few hours. Unfortunately the book was a bit dry so it took me three sittings to finish reading it. Read morePublished on May 16, 2009 by Amazon Customer