". . . here is the history of the revolution in 184 of the best photographs of the time. The whole disintegration and painful reintegration of a society is marvellously set before the eyes . . ." --Times Literary Supplement ". . . a classic and sympathetic statement of the first of the... read more
From the dust jacket: The Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910 with the overthrow of the dictator Porfiro Diaz, was the first of the great revolutions of the twentieth century. The Wind That Swept Mexico, originally published in 1943, was the first book to present a broad account of that... read more
From the dust jacket: The Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910 with the overthrow of the dictator Porfiro Diaz, was the first of the great revolutions of the twentieth century. The Wind That Swept Mexico, originally published in 1943, was the first book to present a broad account of that revolution in its several different phases. In concise but moving words and in 184 memorable photographs, it sweeps the reader along from the false peace and plenty of the Diaz era through the doomed administration of Francisco Madero, the chaotic years of Villa and Zapata, Carranza and Obregon, to the peaceful social revolution of Cardenas and Mexico's entry into World War II.
The photographs were assembled from many sources by the late George Leighton with the assistance of Anita Brenner and others. Many of the prints were cleaned and rephotographed by the distinguished photographer Walker Evans. The text was begu as a single article for Harper's and was developed into its present form at the suggestion of Mr. Leighton.
In the intervening years there have been many books on many aspects of the Mexican Revolution. IN the light of them, The Wind That Swept Mexico could today be slightly altered--a figure retouched here, a change of highlights there. Nevertheless, thi pioneering work remains the most effective single panorama of those dramatic years. Long out of print and for some time a prized collector's item, it has assumed its place beside such books as Prescott's Conquest, Madame Calderon's Life in Mexico, and Flaudrau's Viva Mexico among the classic works in English on the Mexican experience. The Universtiy of Texas Press takes pride and pleasure in making it again available.
Anita Brenner was born in Mexico and in her childhood lived on a ranch that became the headquarters for Villa forces. She now owns that ranch, operating it as a chile farm. Miss Brenner is also the author of Idols Behind Alters and a number of children's books. During the Spanish Civil War she wrote dispatches from Spain for the New York Times and the Nation. For a number of years she has edited the magazine Mexico This Month.
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