[PDF] ✓ Free Read ☆ Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution : by Frank McLynn ↠

  • Title: Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution
  • Author: Frank McLynn
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  • Page: 336
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  • 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 ZapataThe 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, Obreg n and Carranza.
    Frank McLynn
    Frank McLynn is a British author, biographer, historian and journalist He is noted for critically acclaimed biographies of Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Carl Jung, Richard Francis Burton and Henry Morton Stanley.McLynn was educated at Wadham College, Oxford and the University of London He was Alistair Horne Research Fellow at St Antony s College, Oxford 1987 88 and was visiting professor in the Department of Literature at the University of Strathclyde 1996 2001 and professorial fellow at Goldsmiths College London 2000 2002 before becoming a full time writer.


    The Mexican Revolution is a subject I knew very little about before I picked up this tome. Therefore the challenge of the book was to give me a detailed account whilst never underestimating the depths of my ignorance. Undoubtedly it was successful on both counts.Focusing on the dual stories of the passionate rogue Villa (who fought in the North) and the humourless son of the soil Zapata (who fought in the South), McLynn takes the readers through the many twists and turns of the Mexican Revolutio [...]

    Simon Wood
    TIERRA Y LIBERTAD I presume Frank McLynn is a workaholic of Stakhanovite proportions. The range of subjects, both historical and biographical, and the number of books he has written is astonishingly large. Nor is he limited to a particular period, or place, as is testified by the diversity of his output which includes books on the Norman Conquest, the Young Pretender, Napoleon, the 1756-63 Franco-British War, the opening of the American West and Henry Morton Stanley. In "Villa and Zapata" he set [...]

    This is a historical non-fiction book packed with an incredible amount of detail, but it reads like a novel. It is clear that the author spent a significant amount of time researching his subject, and was able to mold those details into a fascinating read. In the Conclusion Frank McLynn compares the Mexican Revolution to the Iliad, and it really was an epic tale!

    It was a bit of a challenging read for me. Mexican history, written by a Brit with occasional British slang or colloquialisms—e.g. cocked a snook—and the fact that I know very little about Mexican history. The Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920 was brought about primarily by the fact that President Porfirio Diaz, ruling from 1876-1911 could not come up with a succession plan. Approaching 84 he was exiled to Paris one year into the revolution, and a chain of Presidential changes that would last [...]

    Mike Nemeth
    Francisco "Pancho" Villa and Emiliano Zapata were two of the most colorful revolutionaries of their time. They both were impressive horsemen, military strategists and womanizers. But they took on the establishment to improve the lot of their countrymen. Mexico back in 1910 under strongman Porfirio Diaz was backward almost to the point of medieval Europe. Debt peonage still existed, where poor workers were forced to work to repay debts that ever could be repaid. The hacienda system prevented the [...]

    Brilliant! Before I started this book, I had a general working understanding of the Mexican Revolution and a basic idea of both Villa and Zapata. For 400 pages, this was a page turner. The descriptions and revelations of both Zapata and Villa and how their lives played out in the context of the Mexican Revolution were terrific. Highly regaded for anyone interested in the Mexican Revolution.

    with barely any mention of Ricardo Flores Magon or his PLM (save for one or two paragraphs), I found this history to be sorely lacking. But it was fascinating to learn about these two figureheads of the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

    Jefferson Coombs
    I learned from this book. I came to respect Zapata more and Villa less. Interesting read.

    Rachel Jackson
    The Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920 is one of those events in history that I'd heard about vaguely but never with much detail, despite Mexico being next-door neighbors with the United States. Somehow still, despite being interested in the modern Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) indigenous movement, I never knew anything about its namesake, Emiliano Zapata. I picked up Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution hoping to change that and learn more about the man who inspired [...]

    Neil Crossan
    (SPOILER WARNING) Everyone dies in the Mexican revolution. The only thing I know about Mexico's history is during the US invasion of Mexico, there was a group of Irish immigrants fighting with the USA that switched to the Mexico side because they were treated so poorly by the US. I guess it wasn't too surprising that the Americans treated them even worse when they started fighting against them.So I thought I'd expand my worldly knowledge and read about Mexico. This book is about the Mexican Revo [...]

    Given that Mexico is our nearest neighbor, it’s crazy how little I knew of their history. This book went a long way towards remedying this. Historical figures like the two in the title went from being names I recognized into living figures, men of action and ideas.The book concentrates on the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920, although it gives a nice thumbnail of how the country got to that point, particularly on the administration of Diaz from the 1880s until 1910. While it concentrates on the [...]

    It may be a difficult task to write a short and interesting version of the Mexican Revolution that focuses in its two main figures: Francisco Villa and Emiliano Zapata. For one thing, the author with mastery contends against the long time the social movement lasted and with the impressive array of events and personalities that gave form to the conflict. For another, with an impartial view he will closely follow these two figures in their struggle to achieve their goals. The author does not desis [...]

    Although the names are famous throughout the U.S.A 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 struggle. The first was Damon Runyon's biography which recounts the famous newspaper columnist's encounters with Pancho Villa and his ne'er do-well, arms-dealer, playboy brother Hippolito during baseball spring training on the Texas/Mexico border. The second is the fact that I was once the publici [...]

    I think that the author's method of writing may be somewhat dubious, but this is a really engaging perspective on two of the heroes of the Mexican Revolution. It seeks to give context to the careers and subsequent asassinations of these men, each of whom captured the imagination of a nation in the throes of a lengthy civil war.

    Very disappointed in the corruption and the US involvement in Mexico's politics. Had it not been for Villa's death, I believe Mexico would be a much better place. The Revolution was a mess that was never solved, only controlled. Until this day, much of what went down in the Revolution is happening today. It was a great book with vivid details that will take you to the battle field if you let it.

    Glenn Robinson
    The period of 1910 to 1924 in Mexico appears to be a very confusing time with many shifting armies, governments and leaders. This is a well researched and written book that went into all the key leaders, the many battles, the changing political climate and the regions of Mexico.

    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.

    Frazer Gowans
    As usual with McLynn an excellently written book - the details of the Mexican revolution are themselves quite depressing - endless slaughter of innocents and prisoners. Senseless carnage all round but still very much worth a read.

    Gina Ruiz

    ten very tumultuous years in Mexico's history whose effect lasted well into the twentieth century Very interesting read I may go back and read it again

    Sal Valdez
    one of the best books i've read on the mexican revolution. one of those hard to put down books. alas the ending is all too familiar in mexican history; treachery and betrayal.

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