4 books to rethink the history of Mexico

Miguel Hidalgo he is still a character about whom much remains to be discovered, at least that is what the historian reminds us Carlos Herrejon. Like him, the participants in Minimal history of MexicoThey invite us to review different key periods. Another interesting volume is A Samurai in the Mexican Revolutionof Carlos Almadawho introduces us to Horiguchi Kumaichia true unknown to most of us. We close with presidential ideasof Antonio Garciaa true anti-tribute to the absurdity of our leaders.

Carlos Herrejon. Gentleman. Teacher, priest and insurgents. Debate. 536 pages

Mr. Miguel Gregorio Antonio Ignacio Hidalgo y Costilla Gallaga Mandarte y Villaseñor needed six months to become the greatest hero in national history: he was captured just half a year after giving the Grito de Dolores. Since his execution, his legend has only increased. But, what happened during the 57 years that preceded the Scream? How was it that the young violinist and then potter priest came to lead an army of 80 thousand men? How did he go from speaking Otomí, French, Latin and Spanish to babbling the language of the revolution? Why did his greatest ally – Allende – want to kill him? How were the two trials that led to his degradation and execution? In this great illustrated work, Dr. Carlos Herrejón -perhaps the greatest specialist in Hidalgo- presents us with the most thorough biography of the Guanajuato native.

Various authors. Minimal history of Mexico. Fund of Economic Culture. 179 pages

Daniel Cosío Villegas, Ignacio Bernal, Alejandra Moreno Toscano, Luis González, Eduardo Blanquel and Lorenzo Meyer offer an account of the events that have left their mark on the history of our country, from the uncertain steps of its first settlers, in pre-Hispanic times, to the also uncertain of those who went through the crisis of the eighties of the twentieth century. Here you will find key moments during the colonial era, the formative period of independent Mexico, the modern era of the restored Republic and the Porfiriato, the Revolution, and the years of political stability and economic advance.

Carlos Almadas. A samurai in the Mexican revolution. Debate. 312 pages

In February 1913, during the Tragic Decade, the chargé d’affaires ad provisional of Japan, Horiguchi Kumaichi, welcomed, saved and consoled the wife, parents and two sisters of President Francisco I. Madero. In the newspapers or chronicles of the time and in Mexican historiography, mentions of Horiguchi are scarce, so there was a great mystery about the motivations of the Japanese community to protect the Madero. From the personal diaries of that time of the Japanese diplomat, interviews with descendants of the Madero and Horiguchi families and extensive documentary research, the former ambassador of Mexico in Japan reconstructs that history and finds clues to understand his self-imposed rescue mission in our country. .

Anthony Garcia. Presidential idiots. Diana. 192 pages

Join us to go through the sad history of the first leaders of Mexico. Antonio López de Santa Anna lost all the battles with the United States, except the one in which he did not participate; Porfirio Díaz invented the Día del Grito to celebrate his birthday, and Francisco I. Madero communicated “spiritually” with Benito Juárez to guide him. All the presidents, from Independence to the Revolution, are brought together in this edition by the pen of cartoonist Antonio Garci. His humor is the ideal spyglass to observe, one by one, the crazy and frankly absurd presidential periods of our country.