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Synopsis: From the ancient geological rumblings that formed the city's unique setting to the recent tremors that devastated the city in 1985, the capital's complex story unfolds. The countless individuals, both famous and unknown, who shaped Mexico' history come alive . . . they prosper, decline, and rise again before being extinguished by political and social upheavals beyond their control.
From Publishers Weekly:
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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Title: LA Capital: The Biography of Mexico City
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Random House, 1988. Book Condition: Fair. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94877490
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Book Description PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Featured Titles>General. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 01978039454069608. Bookseller Inventory # 01978039454069608
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Book Description Random House, 1988. Hard cover. First edition.. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 640 p. Audience: General/trade. Book Condition: Good-Very good. Other than some hightlighting, Clean inside pages. Tight binding. Sharp corners. DJ Condition: Very good. Very good in very good dust jacket. Highlighting/underlining. Bookseller Inventory # KensBooks2.0033828
Book Description Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1988. Paper Over Boards. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Burgundy paper over boards, 640 pp, b/w photos, illus, bib, notes, index. Pictorial jacket clipped, owner bookplate front paste down, EPs lightly soiled. The second printing of the First edition. NewShelf 2 (two). Bookseller Inventory # 000187
Book Description Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1988. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 640 pages, illustrated, bibliography, notes, index. BOMC edition. Dustjacket has small chips, tears at top end of spine. Bookseller Inventory # 060813C
Book Description Random House, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0394540697