Mexifornia, a State of Becoming by Victor Davis Hanson

Cogan’s Reviews “Mexifornia,” to quote the author, “is about the nature of a new California and what it means for America – a reflection upon the strange society that is emerging as the result of a demographic and a cultural revolution like no other in our times.” Thus Victor Davis Hanson opens his close examination […]

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The Annexation of Mexico: From the Aztecs to the Imf, One Reporter’s Journey through History by John Ross

Cogan’s Reviews Cynicism isn’t my favorite literary mode. It wears thin after a while. And John Ross is nothing if not cynical. For the first two chapters I wondered if I was going to make it all the way. However, the saving factor in his book, “The Annexation of Mexico” is that most of the […]

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Head for Mexico: The Renegade Guide by Don Adams

Cogan’s Reviews A regular feature of our e-mail are the letters we get from people all over North America seeking information about various aspects of life and travel in Mexico. This is because of articles and reviews I’ve written over the years. I’m sure the other MexConnect writers also get similar queries. I’m rather fortunate, […]

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The Dark Side of the Dream by Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez

Cogan’s Reviews The story begins in 1941, at the time America went to war with Japan and Germany. It concerns the Salazar family, poor farmers in Chihuahua. The grandfather, Sebastian, knows he is dying and he advises the family to move to the United States. He reasons that because of the war the Americans will […]

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Luis Alberto Martinez Gomez © Marvin West, 2010

Sneaking north: an illegal immigrant returns to Mexico with honors

For some, illegal immigration is a simple equation, what you risk for what you get. Luis Alberto Martinez Gomez became an illegal immigrant four years ago. He was 16. “Everybody was on their way to the U.S.” He had shallow roots in Tepic, four years until his parents divorced. After that, his mother moved around. […]

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