Non-fiction books about Mexico

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The Gringo Guide to México - Its History, People, and Culture - Vol. I
8 Reviews
The Gringo Guide to México - Its History, People, and Culture - Vol. I
  • Murry E. Page
  • Kindle Edition
  • English

Are you planning on moving to México?
Have you recently moved to México?
Do you want to learn more about México?
If an answer is “Yes,” then this book is something you should consider.
The more you know about the history, people, and culture of México makes living in this beautiful country more interesting and meaningful.
This is not your typical book, but a collection of articles written by the author over a five year period for his column, The Page Turner, in the English newspaper, The Mazatlan Messenger.

The articles written by the author for The Page Turner run the gamut. He has written about Pancho Villa, as well as Carlos Slim. There are articles on Mexican politics and abortion in México. However, writings include lighter topics, such as México City’s Organ Grinders and Santa Claus Comes to México.

All of the articles have the purpose of providing foreign nationals living in México and those who hope to call México home in the future, information that will make their life in México more interesting and meaningful.

The Mexico Diaries: A Sustainable Adventure
25 Reviews
The Mexico Diaries: A Sustainable Adventure
  • Daniel Theodore Gair
  • Kindle Edition
  • English

In 2005 Dan Gair and his wife Holly Hunter went to Mexico in search of a bungalow near the beach to escape New England winters. After a chance encounter with someone desperate to sell a one hundred acre tract of land, Dan & Holly signed on to what would become a life-altering adventure. Now, more than a dozen years later comes 'The Mexico Diaries', a lively romp through the Mexican underbrush. In this humorous, fast-paced memoir, the reader meets eccentric travelers, corrupt cops, dangerous animals, esoteric shamans, narco henchmen, and colorful locals, all while experiencing sustainability boot camp, and the joys and sorrows of ranch life in Mexico.

Jenkins of Mexico: How a Southern Farm Boy Became a Mexican Magnate
13 Reviews
Jenkins of Mexico: How a Southern Farm Boy Became a Mexican Magnate
  • Andrew Paxman
  • Oxford University Press
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (04/03/2017)
  • English

In the city of Puebla there lived an American who made himself into the richest man in Mexico. Driven by a steely desire to prove himself — first to his wife's family, then to Mexican elites — William O. Jenkins rose from humble origins in Tennessee to build a business empire in a country energized by industrialization and revolutionary change. In Jenkins of Mexico, Andrew Paxman presents the first biography of this larger-than-life personality.

Using interviews with Jenkins' descendants, family papers, and archives in Puebla, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Washington, Jenkins of Mexico tells a contradictory tale of entrepreneurship and monopoly, fearless individualism and cozy deals with power-brokers, embrace of US-style capitalism and political anti-Americanism, and Mexico's transformation from semi-feudal society to emerging economic power.

Tortillas & Peanut Butter: True Confessions of an American Mom Turned Mexican Smuggler
62 Reviews
Tortillas & Peanut Butter: True Confessions of an American Mom Turned Mexican Smuggler
  • Dr. Linda Sonna, Lois Sonna Mark
  • ShelfStealers
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (06/10/2016)
  • English

A suburban housewife liberates herself from her peanut-butter-and-jelly life and flees to Mexico. While battling the cultural quirks that send less adventurous souls hightailing it back to the U.S., she struggles to learn Spanish, cope with foreign customs, raise her kids, and run a school. To supplement her meager income she smuggles, using her gift for gab and wily wit to outfox the government officials. But not all of her smuggling tricks and tactics go as planned.

Modern Mexico Through the Eyes of Modern Méxicans
4 Reviews
Modern Mexico Through the Eyes of Modern Méxicans
  • 350 pages
  • "México" Mike Nelson
  • Publisher: The University of Texas-Pan Am

For way too long the United States and Mexico have been on a 'we-they' footing. Here is a book that aims to alter that misconnect. Most norteamericanos have notions of who the Mexicans are and what they think of them. But what do Mexicans think of Mexicans? How do they see themselves? I lived there for 10 years as a correspondent with The Associated Press (plus five more years in Central America in the same job) ) and gathered a sense of understandable irritation that their northern neighbors see Mexico only through Gringo eyes. And they're not wrong. 'Mexico' Mike's book leaves us with the notion that we share more than just a border. Joe Frazier

This Is Mexico: Tales of Culture and Other Complications
60 Reviews
This Is Mexico: Tales of Culture and Other Complications
  • Carol Merchasin
  • She Writes Press
  • Kindle Edition
  • English

This Is Mexico is a collection of essays on the often magical and mysterious—and sometimes heartrending—workings of everyday life in Mexico, written from the perspective of an American expatriate.

By turns humorous and poignant, Merchasin provides an informed look at Mexican culture and history, exploring everything from healthcare, Mexican-style, to religious rituals; from the educational role of the telenovela to the cultural subtleties of the Spanish language. Written with a clear eye for details, a warm heart for Mexico, and a lively sense of humor, This Is Mexico is an insider's look at the joys, sorrows, and challenges of life in this complex country.

Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Ancient Peoples and Places)
33 Reviews
Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Ancient Peoples and Places)
  • Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz
  • Thames & Hudson
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 7 (06/14/2013)
  • English

Michael D. Coe’s Mexico has long been recognized as the most readable and authoritative introduction to the region’s ancient civilizations. This companion to his best-selling The Maya has now been revised by Professor Coe and Rex Koontz.

The seventh edition incorporates new findings in a number of disciplines. The solution to the long-standing puzzle of the origin of maize-farming has at last been solved, and spectacular new discoveries shed light on Mexico’s earliest civilization, the Olmec culture. At the great city of Teotihuacan, recent investigations in the earliest monumental pyramid indicate the antiquity of certain sacrificial practices and the symbolism of the pyramid. Expanded information on the Huastec region of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico is included, while discoveries in the sacred precinct of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan have led to a refined understanding of the history and symbolism of this hallowed area.

Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America
46 Reviews
Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America
  • Ioan Grillo
  • Bloomsbury Press
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (01/19/2016)
  • English

Without this testimony, we simply cannot grasp what is going on . . . Americans would do well to read Gangster Warlords. --The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

From the author of El Narco, the shocking story of the men at the heads of cartels throughout Latin America: what drives them, what sustains their power, and how they might be brought down.

In a ranch south of Texas, the man known as The Executioner dumps five hundred body parts in metal barrels. In Brazil's biggest city, a mysterious prisoner orders hit-men to gun down forty-one police officers and prison guards in two days. In southern Mexico, a meth maker is venerated as a saint while enforcing Old Testament justice on his enemies.

A new kind of criminal kingpin has arisen: part CEO, part terrorist, and part rock star, unleashing guerrilla attacks, strong-arming governments, and taking over much of the world's trade in narcotics, guns, and humans. Moving between militia-controlled ghettos and the halls of top policy-makers, Grillo provides a disturbing new understanding of a war that has spiraled out of control--one that people across the political spectrum need to confront now.

El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency
354 Reviews
El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency
  • Ioan Grillo
  • Bloomsbury Press
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (11/01/2011)
  • English

A gripping, sobering account of how Mexican drug gangs have transformed into a criminal insurgency that threatens the nation's democracy and reaches across to the United States.

The world has watched, stunned, the bloodshed in Mexico. Forty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. And it is all because a few Americans are getting high. Or is it part of a worldwide shadow economy that threatens Mexico's democracy? The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters, DEA assistance, and lots of money at the problem. But in secret, Washington is at a loss. Who are these mysterious figures who threaten Mexico's democracy? What is El Narco?

In this 'propulsive ... high-octane' book (Publishers Weekly), Ioan Grillo draws the first definitive portrait of Mexico's cartels and how they have radically transformed.

More non-fiction about Mexico

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The Conquest of New Spain
Bernal Diaz del Castillo - Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - Paperback: 314 pages
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Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans
Alan Riding - Vintage - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 0 (07/06/2011)
Aztec
Gary Jennings - Forge Books - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 1 (04/12/2016)
Lonely Planet Mexico (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet, John Noble, Kate Armstrong, Stuart Butler, John Hecht, Anna Kaminski, Tom Masters, Josephine Quintero, Brendan Sainsbury, Andy Symington - Lonely Planet - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 15 (08/01/2016)
Mexico: Biogaphy of Power
Enrique Krauze - Harper Perennial - Kindle Edition
Mexico CIty: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler
Jim Johnston - Unknown - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 2 (08/06/2015)
The Devil's Highway: A True Story
Luis Alberto Urrea - Back Bay Books - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 1 (10/23/2008)
Finding Mezcal: A Journey into the Liquid Soul of Mexico, with 40 Cocktails
Ron Cooper, Chantal Martineau - Ten Speed Press - Kindle Edition
Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen
Gonzalo Guzmán, Stacy Adimando - Ten Speed Press - Kindle Edition
Warlords of Ancient Mexico: How the Mayans and Aztecs Ruled for More Than a Thousand Years
Peter G. Tsouras - Skyhorse Publishing - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 0 (09/02/2014)
Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales: Flavors from the Griddles, Pots, and Streetside Kitchens of Mexico
Roberto Santibanez, JJ Goode, Todd Coleman - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 1 (10/15/2012)
Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration
Alfredo Corchado - Bloomsbury Publishing - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 1 (06/05/2018)
So Far from God: The U.S. War With Mexico, 1846-1848
John S.D. Eisenhower - Random House - Kindle Edition
Mexican Everyday
Rick Bayless - W. W. Norton & Company - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 1 (11/17/2005)
The Broken Spears 2007 Revised Edition: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Miguel Leon-Portilla - Beacon Press - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 0 (02/07/2011)
A Concise History of Mexico (Cambridge Concise Histories)
Brian R. Hamnett - Cambridge University Press - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 2 (05/04/2006)
Who Was Frida Kahlo? (Who Was?)
Sarah Fabiny - Penguin Workshop - Kindle Edition
The People's Guide to Mexico
Carl Franz, Lorena Havens - Rick Steves - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 4 (12/11/2012)
The Taken: True Stories of the Sinaloa Drug War
Javier Valdez Cárdenas - University of Oklahoma Press - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 0 (01/26/2017)