Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution

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Basic Books, 2002 - History - 496 pages
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Recounting the decade of bloody events that followed the eruption of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, Villa and Zapata explores the regional, international, cultural, racial, and economic strife that made the rebels Francisco (Pancho) Villa and Emiliano Zapata legends. Throughout this volume drama colludes with history, in a tale of two social outlaws who became legendary national heroes, yet—despite their triumph and only meeting, in 1914, in the Mexican capital—failed to make common cause and ultimately fell victim to intrigues more treacherous than their own. 16 pages of black-and-white photographs bring this gripping narrative to life. "McLynn ... tells it so well ... you can hear the strains of he Mexican patriotic standard ‘Zacatecas' as you read it."—Austin American-Statesman "An admirably clear account of the chaos of revolution, its rivalries and bloody struggles...."—The Spectator "Informative and insightful ... feels less like a history than a great story, as exciting as a Saturday serial Western."—Publishers Weekly

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Review: Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Not terribly engaging, so I'm calling this one before I actually finish it. The author knows his stuff, clearly, but creates a very dry narrative and seems to put too much distance (almost condescension at times) between himself and the historical figures. Read full review

Review: Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution

User Review  - Marti - Goodreads

Although the names are famous throughout the USA, the details of the Mexican Revolution were very sketchy in my mind (and I am sure, to most Americans). Two things made me more interested in this epic ... Read full review

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Frank McLynn has over twenty books to his name, including his acclaimed biographies of Napoleon and Richard the Lionhearted. His other books include Richard and John: Kings at War; Villa and Zapata; 1066; Heroes & Villains; and Napoleon: A Biography. McLynn is a graduate of Oxford and London University. He lives in London.

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