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The Hunt for Pancho Villa - The Columbus Raid and Pershing's Punitive Expedition 1916-17 Paperback – March 20, 2012

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"Military historian Alejandro De Quesada delivers an absorbing account of Villa's reasons for invading the United States ... the author's text is accompanied by detailed maps, grerat photographs and drawings of the personalities, weapons and equipment each side used at that time."
--Al Hemingway, Military Heritage (October 2012)

" I utterly enjoyed The Hunt for Pancho Villa. Photos, annotations, maps, sidebars, illustrations and index augment this enthralling effort. Read it with OSPREY's equally interesting The Mexican Revolution 1910-20 (Elite 137). Robustly recommended."
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Alejandro de Quesada is a Florida-based military history writer, an experienced researcher and collector of militaria, photos and documents, who runs an archive and historical consultancy for museums and films as a secondary business. He has written over 100 articles and over 25 books, including several for Osprey, and is a leading authority on Latin American subjects.

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  • Series: Raid (Book 29)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849085684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849085687
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By plasticpirate on May 22, 2012
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This book contains a wealth of information about Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, NM, and Pershing's subsequent punitive expedition. For anyone interested in this attack, and the U.S. response, "The Hunt for Pancho Villa" is a must-read.

However, much of the detail is lost in the poor writing and/or editing. The book is plagued with poor syntax, incorrect word choice (such as soldiers being "interned" in a cemetery), and other grammatical errors. Some facts and numbers conflict, and some are not sufficiently sourced. Unfortunately, these errors and omissions detract from an otherwise enjoyable volume.

Mr. de Quesada has done a tremendous job researching and detailing this event. It is a shame to see his work negatively impacted by errors that should not have gotten past the copy editor. I am a huge fan of Osprey books, and usually enjoy reading them. Osprey may be trying to crank out too many books too quickly, or perhaps budget cuts have affected their editing staff. Regardless, the publisher needs to return to the high quality of their previous books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Madro Bandaries on March 29, 2012
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De Quesada is a great researcher, especially with Spanish speaking subjects. This new book in the "Raid series" is no exception. (His book on the "Bay of Pigs" should be required reading for every American.) His latest effort clearly demonstrates this and is well worth purchasing. I seldom find fault with Osprey products but have noticed in their publications in the last year a decline in editing, as well as proof-reading. Sadly this flaw is across the board and all volumes I have read reflect it. Osprey needs to "proof" each volume, especially as to dates and numbers. De Quesada's book is full of forgotten facts but seems to have been reduced from a larger article or just badly edited. Examples are matters out of sequence and paragraphs reflecting a previous event as if it has not been mentioned in the text. Regardless, the book's research cures such problems. The "raid" itself was a prelude to World War I with Germany clearly at work in Mexico. Additionally, Villa's raid was far from a success and his reasons for conducting it are still in dispute. It also was not an isolated affair as numerous other "invasions" of the U.S. took place from 1916-1920. In August, 1918, after the Pershing expedition into Mexico, there was a border raid that resulted in the death of 129 Mexican military and 2 members of the German Army, with the American military providing the graves. De Quesada asserts that this was the last engagement of World War I between the U.S. Military and the German Army and took place on the border near Nogales. Pershing, who went on to be the U.S. Commander in World War I, followed Villa over 500 miles into Mexico. The black, U.S.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ib Melchior on May 2, 2012
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A great overview and introduction to this important and overlooked event - including allot of great information, text and photos at the end of the book about the town and site as it is today - great for the visitor to New Mexico to see the real sites of the event. This was an important event in the transition of the US into a major world power and the prep for WW1. A great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. J. Jose on January 19, 2013
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My late father-in-law was in the Cavalry at this time and participated in this expedition so I have a personal interest in the subject.

I might have liked a longer narrative, but I presume I can get that in any number of narratives covering this "punitive" expedition against Pancho Villa.

I now regret I didn't question him more about his part while he was still with us in the early 60s when I married his daughter, but my interest in such matters had not yet fully formed. I had recently finished my military service and was full up with Army matters.

Overall, nice short narrative of this Hollywood style American military adventure.

Virgil Jose
Author: "The Examined Life," A Gil Rodrigues mystery in Kindle and paperback.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Wynn on April 18, 2014
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This book lives down to Osprey's deplorable standards of accuracy for all things American; the editing and illustrations are worse! I own 3 of the author's main references; unlike him, I actually read them. He paints a somewhat positive portrait of the murderous Villa, and while he is entitled to his opinion, it is undercut by the overall sloppiness of his research. To give only one example, WW II General George S. Patton served in the punitive expedition as a 1st lieutenant, yet he is referred to throughout the text as "2nd Lt." The color illustration shows him wearing captain's bars! (That's not him in the photo on page 4, either.) Thus, the claim Patton received a "promotion to 1st Lt" (p. 53) for the killing of Villista leader Cardenas is totally bogus, as is the non-existent "report" he carved notches in his "pistols" (sic) of which he had only one (p.52). If one cannot see the actual gun in the Patton Museum, clear photos of it are available on the internet. There are no notches, nor would Patton have so defaced a firearm. I mention this episode because it is the best-known incident of the whole campaign and could be checked, easily, without recourse to obscure references, by anyone, even an Osprey editor - if they had one. I am by now accustomed to Osprey's hallmark misspelling of American names and terms, but what can one make of such obtuse comments as Colonel Slocum being responsible for 65 miles of border with only 21 officers and 530 soldiers, "one officer for every 600 feet of border" (p. 24)? The author gives the impression that captured Villistas should've been treated as prisoners of war instead of criminals, yet he, himself establishes their premeditated intent to burn, loot, and attack civilian targets (p. 26).Read more ›
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