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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.” ―David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com
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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.
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.
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A GOOD SKETCH OF THE INCIDENT AND THE HUNT FOR PANCHO VILLA.Published 21 months ago by Thomas Jacques
This is a consice overview of the US punitive campaign in Mexico. This a great starter work on the subject.Published on February 28, 2013 by Jeffrey W Nelson