Villa and Zapata: a biography of the Mexican revolution

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Jonathan Cape, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 459 pages
The Mexican Revolution (1910-19) was the first social upheaval of the 20th century, surpassed only in historical importance by the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Tierra y libertad (Land and Liberty) was the watchword of the revolutionaries who fought a succession of autocrats in Mexico City. The two greatest rebel leaders were Francisco (Pancho) Villa and Emiliano Zapata, who, like Nelson and Wellington, were destined to meet only once. Villa was the Revolution's great military hero, but Zapata was its soul and the only rebel whose revolt was aimed at a genuine transformation of Mexican society. The two reached the peak of their careers in 1914 when they met triumphantly in Mexico City. Failing to make common cause, they gradually fell victim to their great rivals, Obregūn and Carranza.

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VILLA AND ZAPATA: A History of the Mexican Revolution

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Villa rides again, but this horse limps.At the outset, heavily published pop biographer McLynn (Carl Gustav Jung, 1997, etc.) points to three books that he calls a "lodestar" in studying the lives of ... Read full review

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In a rare accomplishment, McLynn, a biographer of Sir Richard Burton, Carl Jung, and Napoleon, here presents his topic in a logical and understandable manner for almost every level of reader while ... Read full review


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Frank Mclynn has written widely on the Jacobite movement, and his previous books include France and the Jacobite Rising of 1745 (1981), The Jacobite Army in England, 1745 (1983), and The Jacobites (1985). He is also author of Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England (paperback Oxford,

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