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La Capital: The Biography of Mexico City

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by Henry Holt & Company (first published November 5th 1988)
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Brandon Larson
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book fundamentally changed how I see Mexico and Mexicans - it's one of the best history books I've ever read. La Capital lays out the epic saga of Mexico City that stretches across a millennia from the pre-Aztec civilizations vying for control of the valley to the modern megalopolis that dominates the country's landscape. Throughout, we learn just how unlikely that history actually is, from the underdog story of the Aztecs to the totally insane gambits of Cortes to the bizarre reign of Maxi ...more
Derrick Smith
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hard Read. BUT, the history of Mexico City is amazing. For example, did you know the Aztecs practiced cannibalism as their primary protein supply, or that they sacrificed humans by the thousands. Or how about that Mexican silver coins were once so prevalent that they become a standard currency throughout the world, even in China.

I picked this up after spending a week in Mexico City and finally got around to reading it.
Joan Welsh
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Combined with a trip to Mexico City, La Capital was the most enthralling book I've read in years. Unfortunately, it has not been reprinted but I found it in my city library. Our sister country to the south is introduced to us by a noted author and journalist who grew up in its suburbs. The book reads like a mystery presenting a most frightening and exciting record of human endeavor.

Did you know: Just over our border to the south, the Indian state fed a million of people with their own method of
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Kathryn
Jul 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
So far this has been facinating. I'm wishing I'd started it a little earlier so I could be a more knowledgeable guide for all the guests we've had.

Nov. '08
Finished this last month, on our flight to India actually. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written, so that it held my interest, just detailed enough for a survey. I thought the first few chapters the most interesting, though the revolution piece was also facinating. I found the author a bit sentimental when writing ab
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Carroll
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It's a hefty tome, but worth reading if you're at all interested in Mexico and its history. A fast tour of the city from prehistory to about 1980, and along the way you'll meet brilliant and bloodthirsty Aztecs, hideous conquistadors, revolutionaries, literary bright lights, mistresses of presidents and a lot more. I'll never think of painter Diego Rivera quite the same way again after reading his (surely invented)accounts of cannibalism and its salutory effect on his art!)

For a look at current
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Ricardo
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Un orgullo que esta majestuosa ciudad pueda despertar el profundo interés de un extranjero para poder presentarnos una completísima biografía de la misma. Un lamento que sea un extranjero el que se haya avocado a escribir este magnífico trabajo. Desde los orígenes lacustres, la llegada de los aztecas, su imperio, hasta curiosas e interesantes anécdotas de sus habitantes en la colonia, reforma, revolución (no olviden subrayar el pasaje de los zapatistas balaceando un carro de bomberos en el zócal ...more
graycloud rios
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i found this book fascinating. the history of mexico city is a long and splendid one and it is great to see it finally come together in a single volume. the detail from pre-columbian times is a pleasure to read.
Arielle
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Solid historical review/overview so far. WIsh there were about a hundred more photos/illustration/visual reference to go along with the handful in the middle.
Esteban Martos
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Vale mucho la pena,.la historia de la Ciudad de México desde su formación geológica hasta los tiempos modernos
Edmund Oshea
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is an excellent history of Mexico.
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