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A complete, accessible, and nonacademic history of Mexico for general readers, this volume is a solidly researched introduction to a surprisingly multicultural, multifaceted nation. Presenting Mexico as it is and often with a refreshing wit and humor, this history puts flesh and bones on the dusty figures of the past while shedding light on the common humanity of the uncom A complete, accessible, and nonacademic history of Mexico for general readers, this volume is a solidly researched introduction to a surprisingly multicultural, multifaceted nation. Presenting Mexico as it is and often with a refreshing wit and humor, this history puts flesh and bones on the dusty figures of the past while shedding light on the common humanity of the uncommon humans who created this unique country and its culture. From Mayans and Spanish conquistadors to guerillas and tourist invasions, the full thread of Mexican history is told here in a fresh, lively, uncompromising narrative for scholars, general readers, and generations to come.


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A complete, accessible, and nonacademic history of Mexico for general readers, this volume is a solidly researched introduction to a surprisingly multicultural, multifaceted nation. Presenting Mexico as it is and often with a refreshing wit and humor, this history puts flesh and bones on the dusty figures of the past while shedding light on the common humanity of the uncom A complete, accessible, and nonacademic history of Mexico for general readers, this volume is a solidly researched introduction to a surprisingly multicultural, multifaceted nation. Presenting Mexico as it is and often with a refreshing wit and humor, this history puts flesh and bones on the dusty figures of the past while shedding light on the common humanity of the uncommon humans who created this unique country and its culture. From Mayans and Spanish conquistadors to guerillas and tourist invasions, the full thread of Mexican history is told here in a fresh, lively, uncompromising narrative for scholars, general readers, and generations to come.

30 review for Gods, Gachupines and Gringos: A People's History of Mexico

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda Pierce

    Excellent, easy to read, history of Mexico. I'm not much of a reader of pure history (vs. historical fiction), but the author's informal writing style kept my interest. Excellent, easy to read, history of Mexico. I'm not much of a reader of pure history (vs. historical fiction), but the author's informal writing style kept my interest.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ramon4

    Excellent one-volume history of Mexico for the casual reader. The chapters are all short, and the writing is anecdotal in style. The author has a good command of all the historical events, and then add little tidbits of trivia. For instance, here is Mr. Grabman’s story about the invention of chewing gum: “In exile, Santa Ana did more for the Mexican economy than he ever did as president. Typical for him, it was a result of his personal vanity, and he was unable to understand its importance. For Excellent one-volume history of Mexico for the casual reader. The chapters are all short, and the writing is anecdotal in style. The author has a good command of all the historical events, and then add little tidbits of trivia. For instance, here is Mr. Grabman’s story about the invention of chewing gum: “In exile, Santa Ana did more for the Mexican economy than he ever did as president. Typical for him, it was a result of his personal vanity, and he was unable to understand its importance. For a time, he lived on Staten Island, New York, where he rented a room from a candy maker. North Americans had poor dental hygiene and paid no attention to how their teeth looked. Mexicans, including Santa Ana, worried about their teeth, which they kept clean by chewing chicle, a rubbery plant sap. The candy maker thought the ex-general’s chicle tasted awful but wasn’t bad if it was mixed with mint and dipped in sugar. He sold Santa Ana’s candy-coated tooth-cleanser as Chiclets. Mr. Adams, the landlord, became rich and famous as the inventor of chewing gum and created an entirely new agricultural export for Mexican farmers. Santa Ana never received the credit nor any profit from the idea.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bria

    This was a bit of a back burner book for me. I don't usually read multiple books at once, so I started this one, then found something else I "needed" to read on a time schedule as they were library loaners and put this one on the back burner. It was ok. This book mostly highlights the political plays of Mexico's history... which is actually more entertaining than it sounds. The author must have sucked all the entertaining moments out of Mexican political history. I generally don't like reading p This was a bit of a back burner book for me. I don't usually read multiple books at once, so I started this one, then found something else I "needed" to read on a time schedule as they were library loaners and put this one on the back burner. It was ok. This book mostly highlights the political plays of Mexico's history... which is actually more entertaining than it sounds. The author must have sucked all the entertaining moments out of Mexican political history. I generally don't like reading politics-- all the names get confusing-- but there were some legitimate hilarious moments in here and they weren't few and far between! That being said, I was really look for something more focused on the culture aspects of Mexico. Not to say politics don't have a say in culture and vice versa, but there were maybe 2 or 3 chapters that really delved into the culture. At least it wasn't textbook dry! Probably the only reason I could stomach this and finish it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Read about 1/3 of this and found it interesting. However, my attention was diverted to other reads and I abandoned this one. It's on my Nook, so maybe later. Read about 1/3 of this and found it interesting. However, my attention was diverted to other reads and I abandoned this one. It's on my Nook, so maybe later.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Richard Faris

    Time to get to know 100+ Million of our nearest neighbors. Get some knowledge on "pozole" to US invasions.... Gods, Gachupines and Gringos. Time to get to know 100+ Million of our nearest neighbors. Get some knowledge on "pozole" to US invasions.... Gods, Gachupines and Gringos.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    interesting, but not great writing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    William

    An extensive but brief history of Mexico. It delivers everything you should know about Mexico in an enlightening and fun way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard Wilks

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sue-Doe Knym

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brad Collins

  11. 4 out of 5

    Luis Molina

  12. 4 out of 5

    Itzel Chavez

  13. 4 out of 5

    G Land

  14. 4 out of 5

    richard c speakman

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darla

  16. 4 out of 5

    Riley Martinez-lynch

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Morales

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pedro A Parra

  21. 5 out of 5

    James

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate Davis

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Derek

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hogan

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Ryan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie Villand

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chrissie Daoud

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

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