on July 2, 2015
This is one of the most brilliant pieces of historical research I have ever read. He views Mexico and its brutal history with critical engagement, precise and provocative analysis, and a deep sense of compassion for the millions of lives that are subsumed within its nationalist dialectics. Though his research is limited to one seemingly narrow topic, the sign of death from colonization, the panorama he offers from this vantage is broad. If I could assign only one book about Mexican history it would be this book.