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Las Pozas: Edward James' fantasy stands tall in a jungle in Mexico Michael Kernan

The Surrealist poet, self-styled architect and arts patron Edward James liked to put his ideas into concrete form before they got away read more

Fighting liberal: The stormy career of Santos Degollado (18?? - 1856)

Those who characterize liberals as wimps or ineffective bleeding hearts would think twice if they lived in the era of a fiery and committed jurist and reformer named Santos Degollado. Along with the po... read more

Aquiles Serdan: Madero's first martyr Jim Tuck

Few movements have ever started out less auspiciously than Francisco Madero's rebellion against Porfirio Diaz, the man who had held Mexico in an iron grip for 35 years. The maderis... read more

Chameleon adventurer: The astonishing career of Agustin de Iturbide (1783 - 1824) Jim Tuck

Probably the individual in history who most resembled Agustin de Iturbide was Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, the French statesman who managed to hold high positions in the pre-revolutionary a... read more

Mexico's Daumier: Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852 - 1913) Jim Tuck

José Guadalupe Posada is in the great tradition of cartoonists who double as political and social commentators. That tradition includes Honoré Daumier, whose merciless portraits of bourgeois society ... read more

Orderly rebel: The life and thought of Ignacio de Allende (1779 - 1811) Jim Tuck

Rebels, we know, can range from wild-eyed anarchists to sober and judicious opponents of an established order who make a considered decision that the system under which they live is no longer viable. ... read more

Glorious innocent: The tragedy and triumph of Francisco Madero (1873–1913) Jim Tuck

Francisco Madero was a man who was too good for his own good. Naive, trusting, merciful toward those who deserved no mercy, he was in the end betrayed and murdered by those in whom he had mistakenly placed his trust. A rich man's son whose following included bandits and killers, a teetotaler and spiritualist in a society dominated by hard-drinking machismo and mawkish veneration of saints' images, he was such an odd-man-out that the terrible fate that overtook him seems almost inevitable. read more

Sexenios in a changing world: Mexican Presidents Lopez Mateos and Diaz Ordaz Jim Tuck

Adolfo López Mateos (1909–1970) and Gustavo Díaz Ordaz (1911–1970) In 1958, the year Adolfo López Mateos became president of Mexico, the world was relatively tranquil. The Korean War was over ... read more

Mexican priest, poet and educator: The multiple talents of Manuel Ponce (1913-1994) Jim Tuck

From Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz to Gerard Manley Hopkins, the Catholic cleric who is also a poet is an unending subject of interest. Given the poet's traditional role as a free spirit and the Church's ... read more

Alone at the top: The achievement of Mexico's Alvaro Obregon Jim Tuck

Revolution is the ultimate test for survival of the fittest. In times of stormy social change, intense competition is generated among leaders of forces seeking that change and, inevitably, one man emer... read more

Mexico's Voltaire: Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi (1776-1827) Jim Tuck

Because of the many fables he wrote, there are those who may wish to compare José Joaquin Fernández de Lizardi to La Fontaine. Such a comparison fails to do justice to both writers. Apart from the Co... read more

'Bloody Guzman' Shep Lenchek

Sealed off by mountains to both the East and West, and arid, desert-like land to the North, Mexico’s central altoplano, for eons was home to Nahua, Otomi, Huichol, Cora, Tepehua and Coyutec Indi... read more

The Reader's Companion to Mexico Reviewed by Allan Cogan

This is an odd volume. I originally bought it because it advertises itself as "a gathering of some of the best travel writing ever" about Mexico. However, you quickly find as you dip into it that not all the articles are about travel. Also, very few of them have been written in recent times. Indeed, a couple were written about 100 years ago. However, that's not a criticism. read more

Zapata Reviewed by Allan Cogan

In 1952, John Steinbeck won an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay of the movie, Viva Zapata! Many years later, however, a manuscript was found in UCLA Library in which it was discovered he had... read more

The Post Classic Period ( 900 - 1521 ) Part 1 Dale Hoyt Palfrey

While data on early Mesoamerican cultures has been deduced primarily from archaeological evidence, historians have utilized the written records of later cultures to produce the final chapters of pre-hi... read more
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