History Books

Fire & Blood: A History of Mexico
69 Reviews
Fire & Blood: A History of Mexico
  • T. R. Fehrenbach
  • Open Road Media
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 0 (04/01/2014)
  • English

Fire & Blood brilliantly depicts the succession of tribes and societies that have variously called Mexico their home, their battleground, and their legacy. This is the tale of the indigenous people who forged from this rugged terrain a wide-ranging civilization; of the Olmec, Maya, Toltec, and Aztec dynasties, which exercised their sophisticated powers through bureaucracy and religion; of the Spanish conquistadors, whose arrival heralded death, disease, and a new vision of continental domination. Author T. R. Fehrenbach connects these threads with the story of modern-day, independent Mexico, a proud nation struggling to balance its traditions against opportunities that often seem tantalizingly out of reach.

Zapata and the Mexican Revolution
29 Reviews
Zapata and the Mexican Revolution
  • John Womack
  • Vintage
  • Kindle Edition
  • English

This essential volume recalls the activities of Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution; he formed and commanded an important revolutionary force during this conflict. Womack focuses attention on Zapata's activities and his home state of Morelos during the Revolution. Zapata quickly rose from his position as a peasant leader in a village seeking agrarian reform. Zapata's dedication to the cause of land rights made him a hero to the people. Womack describes the contributing factors and conditions preceding the Mexican Revolution, creating a narrative that examines political and agrarian transformations on local and national levels.

Maria's Journey
35 Reviews
Maria's Journey
  • Ramon Arredondo, Trisha Arredondo
  • Indiana Historical Society Press
  • Kindle Edition
  • English

Born into the Mexican Revolution, Maria Perez entered an arranged marriage at age fourteen to Miguel Arredondo. The couple and their tiny daughter immigrated to the United States in the 1920s, living in a boxcar while Miguel worked for a Texas railroad and eventually settling in East Chicago, Indiana, where Miguel worked for Inland Steel. Their story includes much of early-twentieth-century America: the rise of unions, the plunge into the Great Depression, the patriotism of World War II, and the starkness of McCarthyism. It is flavored by delivery men hawking fruit and ice, street sports, and Saturday matinees that began with newsreels. Immigration status colors every scene, adding to their story deportation and citizenship, generational problems unique to new immigrants, and a miraculous message of hope.

Rain of Gold
981 Reviews
Rain of Gold
  • Victor Villaseñor
  • Arte Público Press
  • Kindle Edition
  • English

Rain of Gold is a true-life saga of love, family and destiny that pulses with bold vitality, sweeping from the war-ravaged Mexican mountains of Pancho Villa’s revolution to the days of Prohibition in California.

Abraham Lincoln and Mexico: A History of Courage, Intrigue and Unlikely Friendships
76 Reviews
Abraham Lincoln and Mexico: A History of Courage, Intrigue and Unlikely Friendships
  • Michael Hogan
  • Henselstone Verlag LLC
  • Kindle Edition
  • English

2016 marked the 170th anniversary of the year the United States invaded Mexico and declared war on its neighboring Republic. This book by a noted Ph.D. historian and professor is one of the best books available about relations between the United States and Mexico before, during, and after that war.

It shines new light on reasons for the US invasion, opposition by Abraham Lincoln and other politicians to the unjustified and unconstitutional decision by President Polk to unilaterally initiate the war, the importance of the ensuing war against Mexico, the resulting territorial seizures by the United States, the impact both nationally and internationally to both countries, the troubling legacy even today, and the result of silences that have been pervasive over the years regarding this conflict. It examines all aspects of this history based on actual documents in government, university, and private institutions in both the US and Mexico, including citations to these documents and the complete text for many of them in the Appendix.

Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
173 Reviews
Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
  • Buddy Levy
  • Bantam
  • Kindle Edition
  • English

In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures.

It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. Only one would survive the encounter. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico with a roughshod crew of adventurers and the intent to expand the Spanish empire. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable—and tragic—aspects of this unforgettable story of conquest.

Curated by Dr. Linda Sonna, Psychologist, Expat, & Author of 10 books + Tortillas & Peanut Butter: True Confessions of an American Mom Turned Mexican Smuggler.