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The Mexican Revolution

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First published in Spanish in 1971, The Mexican Revolution has been praised by Mexico’s Nobel Prize–winning author Octavio Paz as a “notable contribution” to history and is widely recognized as a seminal account of the Mexican Revolution. Written during the author’s time as a political prisoner in the famous penitentiary of Lecumberri in Mexico, it sold thousands of copies ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by The New Press (first published April 10th 1994)
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Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
What ultimately made me give this book four stars rather than three (I debated between the two) is looking back on it in retrospect, how passionate it is. The author wrote this book as a political prisoner in a Mexico City jail during the 1960s, and the passion in which he described and analyzed the first great Revolution of the twentieth century sears through nearly every page. The excellent introduction to the book by Friedrich Katz points to the fact that this book gave a generation that was ...more
Lucas Velazquez
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Increíble investigación. Adolfo Gilly indaga más allá de la historia oficial mexicana y detalla, a precisión, los movimientos políticos y sociales de la revolución mexicana.

Una obra que requiere, a mi parecer, de un conocimiento previo de la historiografía mexicana, si bien, el autor es muy preciso al momento de dar detalles de los hechos, la obra no está hecha para dar un enfoque general del movimiento, al contrario, su enfoque en muy preciso, queriendo detallar, como dice el título de la obra
Nov 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: my comrades in the history dept.
This guy actually wrote this book while in prison for his political activities, which I think is a neat little fact. A marxist analysis, so of course there are some dubious conjectures which turn all peasant struggles into communist resistance movements...But there were indeed a lot anarchists and socialists involved in the Revolution, and leftist ideas definitely permeated the rhetoric of revolutionaries. I really enjoyed this analysis.
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A marxist look at the Mexican revolution. Good on so mayn levels. For one, it helped me understand how capitalism is formed out of an agrarian/feudal society. Also, it is a good look at he competing forces, interests, parties, and individuals of the Mexican Revolution. Can be dry at times and took me a few years to finish.
Ron Harris
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
A pretty straightforward telling of the Mexican revolution by an author on the far left of center. The facts are laid out in a very readable manner, and he does a pretty good job of not letting his politics skew his writing.
Pedro García
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Una exhaustiva revisión de la revolución mejicana de 1910-20, desde una perspectiva marxista. Muy interesante.
Raymond F.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Great for history buffs, but not a "pop" read. Helped me with my research though.
Sal Valdez
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
i am really enjoying this book. appears to be a classic on the history of the mexican revolution. as i had family members involved in that rebellion i am personally hooked.
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