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Insurgent Mexico

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  225 ratings  ·  25 reviews
American journalist John 'Jack' Reed writes, on the scene, describing the Mexican Revolution of 1914. He gives an excellent and realistic account of the Mexican Indians and peons that have suffered under a brutal dictatorship. He writes about the time he spent in Northern Mexico with Pancho Villa and the war in the desert. It was hard for him as a Gringo as most Americans ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Synergy International of the Americas (first published 1914)
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Kyra
My great great grandfather wrote this book. He was a famous war journalist. This one is about time he spent in Mexico with Pancho Villa and his gang, during the revoultion in the early 1900s. The other well-known book of his is "Ten Days that Shook the World," --about the russian revolution.He was an influence on Hemingway and others as far as journalism and war writing goes.
Mme.
The most interesting concept in this book Insurgent are the characters and how realistic they become. The story depicts a dystopian society, controlled by an organization of Factors where each character is divided according to their personality. Gradually, their virtues (Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, Candor), become manipulated, monitored and monstered and somehow their personality suffices a clearer understanding of who these people truly are. I don't know about you but that was mind b ...more
David Rush
This book was not what I expected.

I had read some reviews on Goodreads and Amazon where people point out a lack of objectivity. And I can see that point, but then again we would never have experienced these scenes so viscerally. He calls the rebels “our” side, he makes no attempt to humanize or even explain the opposition. But with his descriptions of the “peons” and some background to convey how oppressed they have been for centuries, we don't really care. This is THEIR story more than an acad
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Juan
This is a tough book to rate fairly on a five star scale, especially without resort to half-stars. Reed writes lyrical, detailed paeans to the land and people of northern mexico and paints vivid portraits of Pancho Villa, Venustiano Carranza, and a multitude of other people he met during his infiltration of the Constitutionalist forces. Strangely, though, most reviews and recommendations of "Insurgent Mexico" refer to it as a journalistic work, and as such it falls flat on its face. Reed does no ...more
Sam H
An amazing tale of life in revolutionary Mexico. Before he became famous as the author of "Ten days that shook the world" John Reed travelled to Mexico to cover the fighting in the North. We follow him during the defeat of the constitutionalists at La Puerta, his joigning with Pancho Villa's army and the fight for Torreon.

This book reminds me a lot of George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia" in that the author shows a deep sympathy for the cause and the mexican people who are fighting and dying for
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Samuel
John Reed went to the North of Mexico in 1913 to cover the Mexican Revolution. He was successful in getting first-hand information and was able to interview people who took part directly in the movement. Two of those protagonists were Villa and Carranza, and Reed questioned them about their beliefs and thoughts on the steps that were being taken to overthrow the legacy of Porfirio Diaz’s dictatorship.

Going to where the conflict was at its peak, the journalist joined the people who were fighting
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Erika
Lo confieso, estoy tan atrasada en leer libros sobre la historia de mi propio país que me encanta que este libro haya caído justo ahora en mis manos.

Ame como John Reed describe, sin juzgar y de manera sencilla y abierta todo lo que vivió mientras estuvo junto al ejercito constitucionalista y Pancho Villa. Ni siquiera es todo acerca de las batallas, es acerca de la gente que formo parte de esa lucha, los soldados y los arrieros, las mujeres y los niños, su manera de vivir el día a día, de sobrel
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Juan Morán
Los seis meses de estancia de John Reed en México dieron origen a un relato revelador de la verdadera lucha del pueblo mexicano contra la injusticia, corrupción y esclavitud que se vivía en México a principios del siglo veinte. Pero lo más trascendental es la narración del periodista estadounidense de los peones mexicanos que miserables en su pobreza aún conservaban la alegría por vivir y compartir.
El México que describe Reed, es un México de colores claros y oscuros donde disecciona hasta el úl
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Emily
I learned a good bit about the Mexican revolution reading this book, but it feels like he's so enthusiastic about the revolution that he doesn't question the leaders as thoroughly as he could. For instance, I learned that Pancho Villa participated frequently in cockfights, and had a reputation as a rapist. But Reed glosses over this, saying that he'd never met the husband or father of any woman who had accused Villa of rape, nor knew of any witnesses. Maybe I'm holding a historic journalist up t ...more
Joseph
John Reed does demonstrate some of the excellent eye witness account writing style that would make his later book Ten Days That Shook the World so great. However, in this book it is obvious that he was still developing as a writer of full length books. The book is saturated with his idealism for social justice and liberation for the mass of downtrodden. It also reflects a sort of quaint 19th century romanticism for battle and war that the meat grinder of WWI would forever erase. A very good, but ...more
César González Gama
Un documento histórico de altísimo valor.

La parte más interesante, quizá sea el tiempo que éste periodista de guerra pasa con Pancho Villa.

Lo recomiendo para quienes estén interesados en la historia de la Revolución Mexicana, aún sin tener un vasto conocimiento del tema. La trama es muy clara, y como ejemplo, están los comentarios de lectores de todo el mundo, quienes también han sido envueltos por el rigor periodístico del autor.

Morris
American socialist and journalist John Reed traveled to Mexico to cover the Revolution and his reportage is a vivid eye witnesses account. He met Pancho Vila and rode with his troops. Reed covered the battles, but most important of all, he captured the people who fought the Revolution. He lived with them and traveled with them. This is the book to read if ever you had an interest in the Mexican Revolution...
El Galan
Jun 28, 2007 El Galan added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves the History of the Mexican Revolution
This is an Awsome Book which John Reed one of the greatest Revolutionaries in History wrote about Poncho Villa and the Struggle against Opression in Mexico. This book written by Reed, a Witness of what took place in Mexico, proves the US Propaganda which Demoinzed Villa to be False.
Jane
Jan 06, 2008 Jane added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jane by: ali t.
great! native portlander and original indy-media style journalist writes about the mexican revolution from inside the trenches. (There are no trenches, but you know what i mean.) interesting depictions of women, war, and revolutionary motives.
Tiny little thing, good for the back pocket.
Aannedomm
This book helps one under the Mexican people and their state of mind during the Mexican Revolution. It brings up issues of not only a war which was not black and white, but identity. It is insightful, often humorous, and a great depiction of the times.
pippi
i read 'ten days that shook the world' before i read this one. and i think i can say that john reed has a definite style of writing. he describes really obscure facts etc. but its really good if you're into being a mexican revolution snob.
Roberto Ortiz
Soy fan del valor de John Kenneth Turner además de buen periodista, al leer lo que pasa en el año de 1908, me doy cuenta que pocas cosas han cambiado desde entonces en México.
Milo
Nov 16, 2008 Milo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Milo by: Clint McCowan
A superb read on the politics, economics and envirionmental disasters of US intervension in Mexico. A solid and balanced read with seldom seen issues and facts.
Erik Graff
Sep 26, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
Not a riveting as his Ten Days that Shook the World, John S. Reed's Insurgent Mexico is still an excellent piece of journalism-from-the-ground-up.
The Hancock
Fantastic! A new favorite author. I am filled with excited anticipation to read his Ten Days that Shook the World.
Chase Parsley
A solid contemporary account of early 1900s Mexico, but a tad dated. Some great stuff on Pancho Villa!
Dave-O
A page-turner! An excellent, poetic first-hand account of the Mexican Revolution.
Rick
Fascinating read on Mexican culture in the early 20th Century.
T.M. Spooner
See the movie by the same name. Brilliant.
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John Silas Reed, often referred to by his nickname, Jack, was an American journalist, poet & communist activist, remembered for his 1st-hand account of the Bolshevik Revolution, Ten Days that Shook the World. He was the 1st husband of the writer & feminist Louise Bryant.
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