“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.