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Early in a sixteen-year sojourn in Mexico as an engineer for an American mining company, John W. F. Dulles became fascinated by the story of Mexico’s emergence as a modern nation, and was imbued with the urge to tell that story as it had not yet been told—by letting events speak for themselves, without any interpretations or appraisal.
The resultant book offers an interesting paradox: it is “chronicle” in the medieval sense—a straightforward record of events in chronological order, recounted with no effort at evaluation or interpretation; yet in one aspect it is a highly personal narrative, since much of its significant new material came to Dulles as a result of personal interviews with principals of the Revolution. From them he obtained firsthand versions of events and other reminiscences, and he has distilled these accounts into a work of history characterized by thorough research and objective narration.
These fascinating interviews were no more important, however, than were the author’s many hours of laborious search in libraries for accounts of the events from Carranza’s last year to Calles’ final retirement from the Mexican scene. The author read scores of impassioned versions of what transpired during these fateful years, accounts written from every point of view, virtually all of them unpublished in English and many of them documents which had never been published in any language.
Combining this material with the personal reminiscences, Dulles has provided a narrative rich in its new detail, dispassionate in its presentation of facts, dramatic in its description of the clash of armies and the turbulence of rough-and-tumble politics, and absorbing in its panoramic view of a people’s struggle.
In it come to life the colorful men of the Revolution —Obregón, De la Huerta, Carranza, Villa, Pani, Carillo Puerto, Morones, Calles, Portes Gil, Vasconcelos, Ortiz Rubio, Garrido Canabal, Rodríguez, Cárdenas. (Dulles’ narrative of their public actions is illumined occasionally by humorous anecdotes and by intimate glimpses.) From it emerges also, as the main character, Mexico herself, struggling for self-discipline, for economic stability, for justice among her citizens, for international recognition, for democracy.
This account will be prized for its encyclopedic collection of facts and for its important clarification of many notable events, among them the assassination of Carranza, the De La Huerta revolt, the assassination of Obregón, the trial of Toral, the resignation of President Ortiz Rubio, and the break between Cárdenas and Calles. More than sixty photographs supplement the text.
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John W. F. Dulles (1913-2008) was University Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Book Description Univ of Texas Press, 1961. Textbook Binding. Condition: Acceptable. Item is intact, but may show shelf wear. Pages may include notes and highlighting. May or may not include supplemental or companion material. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Seller Inventory # mon0000765546
Book Description University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, 1972. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Third Printing. 805pp.incl.index; HB red w/blk.&gilt; some rub w/tp.corner worn; some pencil notes w/clean,tight pgs. " .detailed description of events which transpired between the presidential campaign of 1919 and the early days of the Cardenas regime, . " illus. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 026678
Book Description Univ of Texas Press, 1961. Textbook Binding. Condition: Used: Like New. A beautiful copy. Text in mint/unmarked condition. Cover has minor shelf rubbings. Binding is tight. Your Satisfaction Guaranteed. We ship daily. Expedited shipping available. Seller Inventory # C4D0109910
Book Description Austin (1961). Illus, 9x6", cloth, 805 w/index, v.g. in slightly frayed and torn dw. FIRST EDITION. Seller Inventory # 95-1114
Book Description University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, 1972. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Ex-library copy with the usual stamps and markings. Interior pages clean and unmarked; tight binding. 805 pages. Bound by library in bright red buckram cloth. Third printing. Seller Inventory # 126030