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The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers) Paperback – January 16, 2003
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This massive compilation of articles, essays, poetry, and photographs provides a wonderful introduction to the history and culture of Mexico. Joseph and Henderson are both historians with extensive backgrounds in Latin American and Mexican history. They have selected an eclectic mix of writers, many of them Mexican, including Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz. Topics range from the origins and growth of the Aztec Empire to the causes of the Mexican Revolution to the problems facing modern Mexico. There are well-thought-out political tracts here, as well as screeds against political corruption and economic exploitation that drip with outrage. What emerges is a portrait of the "many Mexicos" in which the wealthy, the growing middle class, and the impoverished indigenous peoples are all struggling to find their place in an exciting and rapidly changing land. This work is ideal for general readers, and one hopes it will encourage many to read and learn more about this important and diverse nation. Jay Freeman
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Very interesting recollections and/or opinions of historians on the events of Mexican history. Just the story about Aztecs and their culture worth buying it. I had a certain opinion (like we all do), but after reading it I know it was baseless and I didn't know dang about it... It is way more complicated that most of the people seem to think.
Some of the articles include actual historical pieces and can be a bit tedious for a modern reader to swallow, but majority of the content is very well-thought-of and composed of interesting and captivating features. If you interested in Chicano studies, I would highly recommend this book - it talks about a lot of nuances (like soldaderas for example) that are usually overlooked in regular books on the subject. It has some sort of spirit to it that let you not just read it as a book, but actually makes you understand what people felt as they were going through events of Mexican history.