Mexico: Biography of Power

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HarperCollins, Jun 3, 1998 - History - 896 pages
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The concentration of power in the caudillo (leader) is as much a formative element of Mexican culture and politics as the historical legacy of the Aztec emperors, Cortez, the Spanish Crown, the Mother Church and the mixing of the Spanish and Indian population into a mestizo culture. Krauze shows how history becomes biography during the century of caudillos from the insurgent priests in 1810 to Porfirio and the Revolution in 1910. The Revolutionary era, ending in 1940, was dominated by the lives of seven presidents -- Madero, Zapata, Villa, Carranza, Obregon, Calles and Cardenas. Since 1940, the dominant power of the presidency has continued through years of boom and bust and crisis. A major question for the modern state, with today's president Zedillo, is whether that power can be decentralized, to end the cycles of history as biographies of power.

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User Review  - Shawn - Goodreads

"Mexico: a Biography of Power" tells the history of Mexico by profiling each of Mexico's national leaders--dedicating a chapter to each one--since 1810. Although they subjects are mainly presidents ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dan De Leon - Goodreads

I love nonfiction, but I rarely read biographies. Having said that, this book was outstanding. After spending six weeks in Cuernavaca and in surrounding indigenous villages studying with the Center ... Read full review

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Enrique Krauze is the author of twenty books, including Mexico: Biography of Power. He has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, Dissent magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books. Krauze lives in Mexico City.

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