Mexico Biography of Power

Mexico Biography of Power

Mexico Biography of Power The concentration of power in the caudillo leader is as much a formative element of Mexican culture and politics as the historical legacy of the Aztec emperors Cortez the Spanish Crown the Mother C

  • Title: Mexico Biography of Power
  • Author: Enrique Krauze Hank Heifetz
  • ISBN: 9780060929176
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • The concentration of power in the caudillo leader is as much a formative element of Mexican culture and politics as the historical legacy of the Aztec emperors, Cortez, the Spanish Crown, the Mother Church and the mixing of the Spanish and Indian population into a mestizo culture Krauze shows how history becomes biography during the century of caudillos from the insurgeThe concentration of power in the caudillo leader is as much a formative element of Mexican culture and politics as the historical legacy of the Aztec emperors, Cortez, the Spanish Crown, the Mother Church and the mixing of the Spanish and Indian population into a mestizo culture Krauze shows how history becomes biography during the century of caudillos from the insurgent priests in 1810 to Porfirio and the Revolution in 1910 The Revolutionary era, ending in 1940, was dominated by the lives of seven presidents Madero, Zapata, Villa, Carranza, Obregon, Calles and Cardenas Since 1940, the dominant power of the presidency has continued through years of boom and bust and crisis A major question for the modern state, with today s president Zedillo, is whether that power can be decentralized, to end the cycles of history as biographies of power.

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    HEADLINE: I give you fair warning. I am in the grip of a frenzy of enthusiasm about this book.There are some historians who have a great talent for story-telling. From my own experience, George Lefebvre on the French Revolution and Barbara Tuchman on the days leading up to World War I come to mind. I confess that I am not a fan of David McCullough, but I concede that he has this talent, too. Let us not overdo this subject, however. Let us just say that the fact that a history becomes popular sho [...]

    This is an excellent history of modern Mexico (from 1810, its independence from Spain), told through the biographies of Mexico’s leaders. The history is a case study about how political culture shapes and constrains a country. Mexico is split into multiple factions: different Indian tribes, creoles (of European descent, born in Mexico), Mestizos (mixed European-Indian ancestry), clerics, anti-clerics, liberals (anti-church, anti-Spanish, in both moderate and radical forms; and communists in th [...]

    I have to confess I haven't read the English version of this book. But if it's anywhere as good as the 3-volume Spanish version, it is probably excellent.Mexico, particularly in Latin America, is a mythical country. It has always had a vibrant popular culture. In Colombia, it used to be said that the upper class aspired to be English, the middle class wanted to be American, and the lower class wished to be Mexican. This is no slight on Mexico, just a statement of its powerful pull over others. A [...]

    I read this book to get a broad overview of Mexican history, and was not disappointed. I'm not usually a fan of the Great Man style of historical writing, but perhaps it was justified in this case. Mexico has certainly had its share of charismatic or despotic leaders, as well as ones who were just odd and hapless, such as Francisco Madero.There have been so many opportunities for real social change squandered by leaders who became intoxicated with power and by those who refused to exercise power [...]

    For anyone with an interest in Mexican history. Extremely well written and thorough, offering the historical analysis along with touching personal anecdotes that make the history come alive. Mexico has as many revolutionary heroes and self-sacrificing saints as one could ever hope to find.

    Before reading this, you might think 800 pages of historical biography would be dull. But in truth it's absolutely gripping, and, for me, revelatory.

    If you ever doubted that Mexico had a gripping history, you should pick up this book and read any chapter. It's brilliant.

    Almost twenty years ago, when I was in college, I remember taking a history course on Modern Mexico. I found it interesting due to the continual struggle for power that has marked the country since its 1810 Revolution. Mexican history is littered with uprisings, revolts, massacres, egomaniacs, backstabbing, corruption, incompetence, and - most of all - blood. I came away from that course being somewhat shocked at how screwed up Mexico was due to all of the above. I once again have that same feel [...]

    This is a very comprehensive and scholarly history of Mexico covering the period from the start of the American War of Independence to the end of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.I studied Canadian and French history as a undergraduate but never took any courses dealing with Mexico thus my perspective on this book is formed by having read one other survey history of Mexico and several novels by Carlos Fuentes. My instinctive rather than my informed reaction is that this book constitutes an [...]

    The Dork in Me. I read this for a class, (Chicano Studies taught by an Asian Ph. D.) to this day it remains at the top of my list. The more i see of the world, the more amazing it is to me the drivel they spoonfed us in High School. Yet, more amazing still, is the number of people who can not even conceive that there is another version/perspective of His-story.As the Serbian repairman told me the other day, " There are a lot of stupid people in this country what do you say? you can take the pers [...]

    Lo lamento pero a los 13 años me leí todas las Biografías del Poder del Fondo de Cultura Económica de Enrique Krauze y me encantaron porque decían todo lo contrario a los libros de historia de la escuela.Mis preferidas fueron la historias de Villa, Zapata, Madero y Calles.Hace poco en una cena charlando con un compañero historiador de Ríos de Tinta, le confesé el hecho: "Lo lamento", me dijo Enrique Rajechenberg.Krauze tampoco es mi preferido, pero los libros cumplieron su cometido para [...]

    Someone should have told Krauze about Thomas Carlyle. Locates far too much causation in the realm of personal psychology (even the Tlatelolco massacre he blames on Diaz Ordaz's paranoia and faulty intelligence - one might ask being fed to him by whom?) Explains away everything wrong with the Mexican political system by the term "corruption" with little in the way of a procedural explanation for how it occurs. Krauze's fetishism for formal democracy leads him to paint most Mexican political actor [...]

    My professor of Russian/Soviet history once said in a lecture that you could tell the depth of centralization of power in a country by how many biographies it minimally took to tell a fairly complete history of the country.In the case of the Soviet Union, it was like five: Lenin, Stalin, Trosky, Bukharin, Zinoviev/Kamenev. Such was the level of concentration of power that reading the lives of those guys was pretty much all you needed to understand the Revolution and the first four decades of the [...]

    APA Citation:Krauze, E. (1998). Mexico: Biography of Power. New York, NY: Harper Collins. Call Number:Ref 972.04Description: This biography provides information about the leaders of Mexico from 1810-1996. Relevance and Relationship:This work, although now somewhat dated, provides information about Mexico’s leadership. This work questions the future of leadership in Mexico. Purpose:This work provides information about the leaders of Mexico from an inside perspective. The three volumes provide a [...]

    I love nonfiction, but I rarely read biographies. Having said that, this book was outstanding. After spending six weeks in Cuernavaca and in surrounding indigenous villages studying with the Center for Global Education last year, Mexico: Biography of Power put meat on the bones of my experiential learning. Krauze does a remarkable job of blending the sociopolitical elements of Mexico with folkloric storytelling that gives character and depth to the men (unfortunately rarely, if ever, to women in [...]

    "Mexico: a Biography of Power" tells the history of Mexico by profiling each of Mexico's national leaders--dedicating a chapter to each one--since 1810. Although they subjects are mainly presidents, political leaders like Emiliano Zapata are also included. The book is a great introduction to the presidents and leaders of Mexico since 1810. I knew nothing of Mexican history and had no trouble understanding what was going on. Krauze provides just enough background information to keep novices like [...]

    Disfrute mucho esta lectura. En especial, me gustó que te da un panorama de los orígenes de los caudillos revolucionarios, su pensamiento, la mística que los llevó a unirse a la lucha y que marcó su presidencia.Tiene datos imperdibles de ellos.Siendo una especie de compendio hay sucesos en los que no profundiza, pero biográficamente sí.Si les interesa el tema de la Revolución Mexicana, este libro es obligado.

    This book is almost 20 years old, and as a Mexican history geek I had been thinking about reading it since then. I can't say many history books moved me to tears. Mexico needs a Ruiz Cortines instead of a Peña Nieto right now.I would love to hear the author's take on the botched democratic transition of the country.

    Enrique Krauze podrá ser todo lo polémico que quieran, pero de que es un gran historiador y escritor, no me cabe ninguna duda. Me faltaba sólo éste para terminar su trilogía histórica y me dejó bastante convencido. Pinta y narra hechos sin calificarlos como buenos o malos, sino situando a cada personaje como lo que fueron: seres humanos con aciertos y errores.

    Excellent history of Mexico from the revolution onwards. Reads like a novel as the main actors that arose from colonial times were a fascinating bunch. Great title.

    This is what you get when you bend historical analysis into literary criticism, for better or worse. Two stars as history, four stars as machismo fever dream.

    eye opening look at mexican politics over the years. if you want to know why mexico is in the position it is today, it is best to understand what has happened before.

    Very thorough history of Mexican power and leadership. Highly recommend for anyone interested in Mexican history.

    A GREAT analysis of Mexican history. I've never made it all the way through . . . let's see if I can do it this time.

    Por fin pude entender la Revolución Mexicana gracias a este libro y a mi amigo Victor Escala, quien me lo recomendó

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