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: Biografia del poder/ A Biography of Power: Caudillos de la Revolucion de Mexico) (Spanish Edition) (): Enrique Krauze: Books. Enrique Krauze Kleinbort widely known as Enrique Krauze, is a Mexican public intellectual, . ”Biografía del poder”, en ocho volúmenes: I. “Porfirio Díaz. Místico . Enrique Krauze. · Rating details · 13 ratings · 1 review. Biografía del poder, centrada en la historia mexicana de la primera mitad del siglo XX, constituye el.

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Do yourself a favor. In Colombia, it used to be said that the upper class aspired to be English, the middle class wanted to poddr American, and the lower class wished to be Mexican.

I once again have that same feel Almost twenty years ago, when I was in college, I remember taking a history course on Modern Mexico. Bartley of the WSJ writes, “[Mexico: The book is not an academic work: The overall split is between the conservatives church-Spain-wealth and liberals anti-all of these.

His ranking of democracy above other political priorities has attracted critics because of many residents in Mexico suffer from deep poverty and social inequality.

There are some historians who have a great talent for story-telling. I came away from that course being somewhat shocked at how screwed up Mexico was due to all of the above. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Abeastinme is currently reading it Jun 16, Feb 11, Charlie Webster rated it it was amazing. Especially for someone not very familiar with Mexican History, this tended to make many of the leaders from around this time sort of blend together.


Mexico Biography of Power

I studied Canadian and French history as a undergraduate but never took any courses dealing with Mexico thus my perspective on this book is formed by having read one other survey history of Mexico and several novels by Carlos Fuentes. 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.

Manolo Rodriguez added it Jan 02, Excellent history of Mexico from the revolution onwards. Nov 20, Bob Nichols rated it really liked it. He writes at several newspapers and magazines like: Mexican history is littered with uprisings, revolts, massacres, egomaniacs, backstabbing, corruption, incompetence, and – most of all – blood. Luis marked it as to-read Aug 18, But, who knows, despite the recent electoral victory by PRI, maybe change is in the air.

Gonzalo Soria rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Having said that, this book was outstanding. Krauze shows how history becomes biography during the century of caudillos from the insurge 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.

A year later, he was contributing to the magazine Plural. I am in the grip of a frenzy of enthusiasm about this book.

Biografía del poder (Edición revisada): De Francisco I. Madero a Lázaro Cárdenas by Enrique Krauze

Krauze does a remarkable job of blending the sociopolitical elements of Mexico with folkloric storytelling that gives character and depth to the men unfortunately rarely, if ever, to women in the machismo patriarchal context of Mexican history placed in precarious positions of power in tenuous moments throughout the country’s history. A fascinating trek through Mexico’s history, starting with the struggle for Independence in and continuing to recent times with the financial crisis, Zapatista army, and last but not least, the transformation of the PRI.


The climax of the book–not the end, folks, the climax –is the slaughter of hundreds of students–nobody yet knows the number–in Plaza de Tlatelolco in that incredible year worldwide, Krauze has been consistent in valuing democratic process. Mexico is fully aware that it has to live and work with its powerful northern neighbor although that’s not inconsistent with an official nationalist policy, for popular consumption.

However, overall, anyone wishing to learn a few things about Mexico in the last years could be well-served by reading this book. This is what you get when you bend historical analysis into literary criticism, for better or worse.

Also Mexico’s Indian pride maybe no country other than Paraguay, where dictator Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia forced whites and indians to marry, has a better tradition of metissage, although the rights of actual indians have historically been disregarded: I would love to hear the author’s take on the botched democratic transition of poded country.