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Insurgent Mexico

John Reed

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .God has pardoned him And the Virgin of Guadelupe. "Good-bye Beautiful Mexico Where our leader died Good-bye to the palace Whence he issued a living corpse "Señores, there is nothing eternal Nor anything sincere in life See what happened to Don Francisco I. Madero!'

By the time he was half-way through, the entire Tropa was humming the tune, and when he finished there was a moment of jingling silence.

"We are fighting," said Isidro Amayo, "for Libertad."

"What do you mean by Libertad?"

"Libertad is when I can do what I want!"

"But suppose it hurts somebody else?"

He shot back at me Benito Juarez' great sentence:

"Peace is the respect for the rights of others!"

I wasn't prepared for that. It startled me, this barefooted meztizo's conception of Liberty. I submit that it is the only. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a tough book to rate fairly on a five star scale, especially without resort to half-stars. Reed writes lyrical, detailed paeans to the land and people of northern mexico and paints vivid portraits of Pancho Villa, Venustiano Carranza, and a multitude of other people he met during his infiltr

Una genialidad absoluta para quienes gustan de la crónica periodística y la historia de México. La desmitificación de una figura tan emblemática como lo es Francisco Villa es lo más interesante, en definitiva; sin embargo también guarda muchas anécdotas y realidades antiquísimas que hemos ido arrast

"México Insurgente" del escritor y periodista estadounidense John Reed, nos relata desde su perspectiva la Revolución Mexicana; anduvo por el norte del país y conoció al Gral. Pancho Villa (cuyo nombre real era José Doroteo Arango Arámbula), además de relatar con la mayor humanidad posible quiénes e

If "Homage to Catalonia" left you hungry for another blend of adventure, true war reporting, headache-inducing factionalism, romanticized socialism, and oddly-rendered Spanish translations -- boy do I have a book for you!

John Reed is the kind of writer whose life eventually became a more intriguing

Sort of an odd book. This is not really a history of the Mexican Revolution in any sense; rather it is a series of reports filed by John Reed in his capacity as a journalist attached to Pancho Villa's Division of the North in early 1914. Reading it, you will not get much of an understanding of the o

Interesting series of accounts

This edition has a lot of typographical errors which can at times make reading difficult. Overall its an interesting read, its essentially a series of diary entries so its not very useful for plotting the military campaigns of the Revolution or the wider political conte

My great great grandfather wrote this book. He was a famous war journalist. This one is about time he spent in Mexico with Pancho Villa and his gang, during the revoultion in the early 1900s. The other well-known book of his is "Ten Days that Shook the World," --about the russian revolution.He was a

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