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Maximilian & Juarez
A strange episode that is at once a central part of American history and a tragic tale of human ambition and cultural misunderstanding. In an ill-starred undertaking, Napoleon III attempted to install Archduke Maximilian of Austria as the Emperor of Mexico. The move pitted liberals against conservatives, and the New World against the Old--and ended with Maximilian's execut ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 30th 2001 by Phoenix
(first published January 1st 1993)
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A great book about an interesting time. Of course I attended the University of Mexico for graduate school and developed my love of the history during that time. There is a link between the hard cover copy (I don't have the paperback) of this book and Christopher Buckley's "Wet Work." I picked these two books at random in an Iowa book store one evening and read them simultaneously in Hong Kong a few nights later. The link caused me to think I was hallucinating. A dubious prize of autographed copi ...more