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The Mexican Revolution, the first true social upheaval of the 20th century, has long exerted a peculiar fascination over the public imagination. Its heroes and heroines, its songs, battles and sieges, all seem larger than life and make a fascinating story - horrifying, inspiring and tragi-comic by turns.

Many hundreds of thousands of words have been devoted to the exploits of men like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, some hopelessly over-romantic, and others more accurately reflecting the bitterness and cruelty of those days. This, the first single complete account of the Revolution, has been hailed by the BBC as “superior to anything else in English or indeed other European languages.”


“A masterly narrative” Daily Telegraph

“A rattling good, at times brilliant, story” Glasgow Herald

“A vivid and informative work. This is real history” Sunday Telegraph

“Must surely become the standard work in English on the most colourful revolution of the 20th century” London Evening News

“Fascinating and conscientious…a fine narrative sweep” Sunday Times

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