Tequila oil: getting lost in Mexico

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Mar 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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An account of Hugh Thomson's first wild adventure in Mexico at the age of 18 illustrates why it ignited his love for Latin America, and is then followed by his subsequent exploration 30 years later of the country, its people, and its history. Revealing a much more dangerous side of Mexico than that seen by package vacationers, this book takes the reader from the badlands of Chihuahua to the forests of the Yucatan. It ends deep in the Mexican jungle, face to face with one the most enigmatic and least understood cultures on the planetthe Mayawith a sense of humility at how little we still know about the pre-Columbian past. Similar to The Motorcycle Diaries, by throwing himself on the kindness, hospitality, and mercy of the Mexicans he met (or crashed into), Hugh was given an unusual and peculiarly vulnerable insight into Mexico. He returns many years later with a deeper understanding and the ability to explore the deep roots of pre-Columbian culture within Mexican life and to appreciate how much archaeologists have revealed about the Maya and the Aztecs in just the last few years.

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User Review  - Brandur - Goodreads

Witty. Funny. Adventurous (and even somewhat educational). Top tier travel book. Read full review

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User Review  - Eli - Goodreads

I read it in 2 days, good fun and quite insightful at times. I found the structure of the book a little bit distracting, with not much background given on the author and some of the content lacks a ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Hugh Thomson's previous books include Nanda Devi, A Sacred Landscape: The Search for Ancient Peru, and The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker.