LA Capital: The Biography of Mexico City

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Spans seven hundred years, from the splendor of the Aztec empire to the present-day crisis of urban disintegration, filling in details of the many figures who have played a role in the city's history

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Kandell's panoramic, compelling chronicle of Mexico City is in large measure a history of Mexico itself. The Spanish colonizers dreamt they would impose two separate "republics"Spanish and Indianbut from the ashes of Herman Cortes's conquest rose a volatile, multiracial society. After creoles threw off Spanish rule in 1821 and won Mexico's independence, a new elite of military officials and entrepreneurs arose. Corruption, favoritism and betrayal of the common people by their leaders has been the norm ever since, according to Kandell, who was raised in Mexico City, was a New York Times correspondent there and is the author of Passage Through El Dorado. He carries the story right up to the recent succession of disgraced presidents and the new bureaucracy's co-option of artists and intellectuals. This rich, 704-page portrait limns near-psychotic Montezuma, venal Santa Anna, self-mythologizing Diego Rivera and many others against a backdrop of political turmoil and violence. Photos. History Book Club alternate.
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Kandell, former Latin American correspondent for the New York Times and a native of Mexico City, has written a magnificent 700-year history of the first big city of the new world, today its largest. The author read widely in memoirs, novels, government documents, and the standard works. No topics are ignored, and the treatment is fair, not an easy accomplishment given the relation of the races and of Mexico and the United States, both of which receive considerable attention. Through a kaleidoscope of sensual and idiosyncratic impressions of Mexico City, Kandell shows us humanity. A universal work. History Book Club alternate. Ren e P erez-L opez, Virginia Wesleyan Coll. Lib., Norfolk
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