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Strategy, Security, and Spies: Mexico and the U.S. as Allies in World War II Hardcover – August 26, 1997

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“María Emilia Paz has written a compelling, informative, and scholarly assessment of a crucial period in Mexican-American relations. Her eloquent and meticulous analysis opens the door for further research on general and specialized topics. Scholars of Latin American studies; military, diplomatic, or economic history; international relations or political science; or whose interests encompass American culture, or are more focused—say on espionage, propaganda, or submarines—will find significant, well-documented discussions based upon primary source materials. Latin America’s unique relationships with the United States during the Cold War are also placed into a clearer perspective by reading this volume.”

—Charles C. Kolb, Journal of American Culture



“This minor criticism aside, this is an important, well-researched study that deserves the attention of both academics and general reader interested in the wartime experience in the Americas.”

—Stephen J. Randall, Intelligence and National Security



“By showing just how difficult it was for Mexicans to collaborate with the US during a period in which both countries were ostensibly military allies, Paz has made a substantial contribution to our collective understanding of U.S.-Mexican relations.”

—Varun Sahni, Journal of Latin American Studies



“[T]his is a well-crafted study worthy of serious attention from the scholarly community.”

—W. Dirk Raat, Journal of American History



“This is an important addition to a significant emerging scholarly literature that portrays Latin American governments as actors rather than victims in international politics. Specialists in the history of intelligence, World War II, and inter-American relations will find the book useful and interesting.”

—Jurgen Buchenau, American Historical Review



“Relations between the United States and Mexico during World War II are little known even to historians of that period. María Emilia Paz, an independent scholar who has a doctorate from the London School of Economics, has produced a much-needed work. . . . This book should find its place in the literature dealing with hemispheric activities during World War II. It will appeal to academics and others interested in Mexican-American relations.”

—Edward B. Davis, Perspectives on Political Science



“Maria Emilia Paz has written a compelling, informative, and scholarly assessment of a crucial period in Mexican-American relations. Her eloquent and meticulous analysis opens the door for further research on general and specialized topics. Scholars of Latin American studies; military, diplomatic, or economic history; international relations or political science; or whose interests encompass American culture, or are more focused—say on espionage, propaganda, or submarines—will find significant, well-documented discussions based upon primary source materials. . . . The volume is recommended not only to political scientists and students of popular culture, but also to scholars of diplomatic and military history as well as Latin American studies.”

—Charles C. Kolb , Journal of American Culture



“With Strategy, Security, and Spies, Paz has written an important work that sheds new light on the complex relationship between Mexico and the United States between 1940 and 1945. . . . Paz's research on bilateral military cooperation between the United States and Mexico is ground-breaking. Her book is a delight to read and serves as an ideal text for undergraduate courses as well as graduate seminars. . . . Strategy, Security, and Spies is a must read for any scholar of Mexican domestic and foreign affairs in the 1940s.”

—Friedrich E. Schuler, Hispanic American Historical Review



“This is an important addition to a significant emerging scholarly literature that portrays Latin American governments as actors rather than victims in international politics. Specialists in the history of intelligence, World War II, and inter-American relations will find the book useful and interesting.”

American Historical Review



“This is a carefully crafted work that exploits newly available materials from the files of the CIA, FBI, NSA, and U.S. Army and Navy intelligence. It is an insightful analysis of the factors that hampered effective cooperation between Mexico and the United States during the Second World War. The eye-opening story that Dr. Paz relates will inform even specialists in the field.”

—Charles Ameringer, Penn State University



“María Emilia Paz has written a compelling, informative, and scholarly assessment of a crucial period in Mexican-American relations. Her eloquent and meticulous analysis opens the door for further research on general and specialized topics. . . . The volume is recommended not only to political scientists and students of popular culture but also to scholars of diplomatic and military history as well as Latin American studies.”

—Charles Kolb, H-Net Latin American History List

About the Author

Maria Emilia Paz, who has a doctoral degree from the London School of Economics, is an independent scholar who prepared this book with the aid of a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt); 1st edition (August 26, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271016655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271016658
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,627,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the definitive bible on the subject. There are very few works dealing with Mexico and the Second World War. Most books just mention Mexico's contributions to the Allied War effort through raw materials and its labor force but doesn't go into depth about its diplomacy or military contribution. This book covers all of that. You begin to learn how Axis countries had their espionage base designs on Mexico against the U.S. Furthermore, you begin to learn how important Mexico was as an Allied nation to the U.S. and how the U.S injected alot of money, effort, and time in order to insure Mexico would be an ally. WWII was an important watershed in Mexican history as it enabled Mexico to make itself visible in the international arena. A good insight and read, I recommend this book to people who are interested in the subject and particularly Chicanos. We also took up the cause of the Allies when we were called upon as a nation and as a people.
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