“May very likely become the most accessible and comprehensive introduction in English to Mexico's past and present. . . . A triumph.” (New York Newsday)
“An excellent book that will set a new standard for general histories of Mexico. . . . Well written, pithy, and thought-provoking. It is a sweeping, magisterial study that goes far beyond the usual pallid tone of most general histories of Mexico on either side of the border. As a student of Mexico, Ruiz has few peers, and this work will establish a new standard.” (Alex M. Saragoza, University of California, Berkeley)
“Hard-hitting without being doctrinaire, this vastly illuminating people's history gives value to the collective trauma of a nation decimated by Spanish colonial rule, betrayed by corrupt politicos and incompetent army chiefs, then manipulated into servile dependence on its neighbor to the north.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Ramón Eduardo Ruíz is a professor in the history department at the University of California San Diego at La Jolla.