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Old 11-29-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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A book on mexican history?

All,
the last time that i was on a cross country ride, i had the bright idea to read a wonderful book .

This book and the accompanying audiobook provided the perfect backdrop to my South West US tour. I loved it so much that i made a detour to Kit Carson's hometown.

I want to study a book that is on a similar scale of historic interpretation and literary finesse. An accompanying audiobook would be stellar.
I do not need to know the history of the mexican people from time immemorial. A sweep of the last few hundred years covering the American-Mexican wars, spanish conquests, and portraits of Villa and Zapata would suffice. All in one or two books would be great-o.

This one is looking good


While we are at it, some suggestions on mexican cinema would be great. :-)

Mucho gracias,
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:56 AM   #2
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Not a history book, just a book from Mexico

I see you want a real history book, but there is one travel book that a big and simple section of Mexican History, Mexico by Inside travel book is great
http://www.amazon.com/Insight-Guide-...6452539&sr=1-6

Also it has a lot pictures of the different regions, and a couple of good maps.

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Old 11-30-2007, 12:01 PM   #3
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2 books I liked

Two books I loved were "La Capital" (about Mexico City,) and "The Annexation of Mexico" by John Ross.
You're so right... A little background info makes it all come to life.
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:44 AM   #4
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I'm reading that Villa Zapata book right now. Its a little tedious at times but so far its kept my attention well enough. And I'm ADD. I'm certainly learning a lot. I'd recommend it.

I'm also looking for some literature on the Tarahumara and other native people of the canyons if any one has a recommendation.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:20 PM   #5
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"Life and Times of Mexico" by Earl Shorris

I am a historian, and I cannot think of a better history book written about mexico.
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most people do not realize that S.W. USA was Mexico at one point.
or that existing mexicans where now considered US citizens.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_...dalupe_Hidalgo
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I'm reading that Villa Zapata book right now. Its a little tedious at times but so far its kept my attention well enough. And I'm ADD. I'm certainly learning a lot. I'd recommend it.

I'm also looking for some literature on the Tarahumara and other native people of the canyons if any one has a recommendation.
tom,
have you read these 2?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/096...=3EM6IW7JJMH9O
http://www.amazon.com/Tarahumara-Whe..._sim_b_title_2
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