A chronicle of the long and bloody Mexican struggle for independence traces the origins of the revolution, describes the battles that were fought, and profiles the leading figures of the era, including Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.
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Grade 6-9-Stein's account lays out the issues and the many personalities involved in the tempestuous and bloody 10-year period in great detail and with admirable clarity. Ten chapters cover Mexican history from 1910-1920, providing background on Porfirio Diaz, Francisco Madero, Pascual Orozco, Victoriano Huerta, Pancho Villa, and Emiliano Zapata. They, along with the many supporting players, created an immense struggle that combined acquiring rights for the poor, the dissolution of the encomienda system of farming, and political power into one huge, gory fight. The information is accurate and clearly presented; the style is readable but dry. While the book is unlikely to be picked up as pleasure reading, it is certainly a definitive report source. The black-and-white photos elucidate the text, and in some cases, as in those showing hanged peasants, bring the barbarity of war home. The list for further reading contains all adult works.
Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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Gr. 7-9. Stein divides the period between 1910 and 1920 into 10 chapters, each centering on the dominant political figures (Madero and Huerta, for example). Recognizing many issues as significant--politics, emotion, economics, and belief--he explains the inequities in land ownership, Mexico's racial and regional differences, attitudes toward the Catholic Church, and the involvement of foreign governments (especially the U.S. government). Zapata emerges as the general who will probably appeal most to readers, but the contributions of others are not neglected. Pancho Villa, for instance, is portrayed at all points in his career, not simply at the romantic ones. A map of the Mexican states would have been helpful; a chronology, biographical profiles, and further readings are supplied. Mary Harris Veeder
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Book Description New Discovery, 1994. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027869504