The Mexican revolution was a form of the communist revolutions that swept over the rest of the world and America needed to pay careful attention because it was a revolution that America was about to face. The argument for interdependence is probab My understanding of the the thesis of this book is as follows: Mexico and the United States are interdependent and neither can be secure without considering the other. The argument for interdependence is probably the best and most strongly defended. After all, much of the goods that America uses travel either over the land of Mexico or along the water surrounding it.
This is the area that America is most vulnerable, because enemies try to come through Mexico. The relationship that Mexico and the United States enjoy is the one that other Latin American countries look to. The author does claim that the wind that swept Mexico was the same one that swept the rest of the world, but aside from pointing out that many of the lower class, or popular as Beasley would put it, were involved in the revolution, she does not support this argument as well as it likely could be. The lower class are always called upon to be the soldiers, this hardly means that they are the deciding factor in the war.
Some of the articles seem almost intent on disputing her claim of popular revolt, showing that it was mostly a bourgeois revolution that changed Mexico, and we see again and again that the revolution found its full flower and success likely because it pulled in the middle class. The pictures do open up the idea that the average people were more deeply entwined within the revolution, and by showing the more seemingly populist movements of Villa and Zapata creates an idea that they were more fully popular than they were.
Sweetly romantic, this book is an easy read.
The author confesses upfront or rather prior to the endnotes that she is by no means an historian, and the writing and prose style seem to agree with this. The author writes in a style that suggest a popular market, and seems in keeping with the same style that Betty Friedan would employ shortly after for her discussion of the "Feminine Mystique.
In many ways they tell the story far better than her writing could. This is interesting because her writing is very readable and lays out a fairly brief and concise history of the Mexican revolution. It would probably be easier to critique her thesis or lack of easily discernable one is she were a historian, or if she had just one that was easy to identify. The quick history makes the book a worthwhile read and the pictures offer an array of primary source documents that will likely prove valuable to historian far into the future.
Jul 05, Grant rated it really liked it. A fascinating look at the Mexican Revolution. As an American we think that Mexico is full of barbarians that just aren't civilized enough to get along. However, I don't know of a better case of right vs left played out over years than there this book covers 30 years. If you're interested in politics and the current battle in Washington maybe you should read this. It's also very interesting to see how deep America has had it's fingers in Mexican politics since the beginning and how much we' A fascinating look at the Mexican Revolution.
It's also very interesting to see how deep America has had it's fingers in Mexican politics since the beginning and how much we've manipulated them. Most people don't know that we invaded Mexico several times and we even took the capital once.
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Those who do know think that was the limits of our involvement. In fact we've been interfering with Mexico's political situation for so long that they didn't want to go into WWII on the same side as America just out of principal. We in fact prolonged their instability by trying to keep dictators like Diaz and Huerta in power to satisfy our interests. Sounds a lot like Vietnam and Iraq and many other countries in history doesn't it? If they tried taking back those resources mines, oil etc.. The minute Juarez died Diaz started selling off the country to the highest bidder until the majority of it was owned by foreigners.
This fight by idealists for ideals is fascinating. Modero had the ideas but not the wherewithal, Caranzza had Obregon and Obregon had the military smarts and the ability to rule. Calles was a step in the other direction but still made progress. Cardenas was finally credited with expropriating Mexico's resources and giving it back to Mexicans.
Cardenas is possibly Jaurez' spiritual successor but without Carranza, Obregon, Pancho Villa, Emeliano Zapata and Modero he never would have come to power. The book ends soon after at the dawn of WWII. I now need a book that goes from Mexico's Independence to the fall of Diaz. Aug 07, Dave rated it did not like it. I wanted a quick intro to the Mexican Revolution and civil wars but this was too quick. There's a decent amount of information in the first 20 pages or so, but the rest of the book is hard to follow.
There are a lot of names and the author doesn't do anything to help keep them straight. She also mentions things but doesn't explain when they happened, no year, not much context. And the writing There's only pages of text and I still couldn't read the whole t I wanted a quick intro to the Mexican Revolution and civil wars but this was too quick.
There's only pages of text and I still couldn't read the whole thing. There are a ton of photos, though. Apr 06, Alex rated it liked it. I wish this was a full-blown history and not just an engaging photo book. Jul 21, Anita Brenner rated it it was amazing. Not me. Wonderful book. Luckily the lady with my name was an incredible author. Jan 25, Ramon4 rated it really liked it Shelves: history , mexican-revolution , own , non-fiction , photographs , read Policies shaped for export have their internal consequences. For we are not safe, either, from the inner struggles tearing other peoples.
What led to the Mexican Revolution, economically, is happening to us now.
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The Wind That Swept Mexico is the story of what followed. It is the most dramatic experience lived by an American people in our time. And it is the story closest to us of the winds sweeping the world. The whole disintegration and painful reintegration of a society is marvellously set before the eyes.
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