North America Divided

North America Divided : Mexican War, 1846-48

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  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 628.22g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • M.
  • 0195014480
  • 9780195014488

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Asserting that the Mexican War is misunderstood as merely an act of raw U.S. aggression against the hapless Mexicans, the authors try to set the record straight by showing that some Mexican sentiment favored American intervention, even occupation; that Santa Anna was an adventurer whose predations cost the Mexican peasant heavily; and that considerable dissent prevailed within the U.S. All true - but Connor and Faulk soon drop their pursuit of an historical interpretation for a standard military history. Making much of the fact that the Mexicans started the war by attacking American forces at the Rio Grande, the book concludes that Mexican national pride and internal conflict precipitated the war. From there, the battles of Monterey, Buena Vista, Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, San Antonio and Chapultepec, the 6000-mile campaign of the Missouri Volunteers and the naval blockade are given in abundant detail. So too the military predilections and histories of U.S. commanders Taylor and Scott, the Texas Ranger marauders, and the diseases which killed seven times the number slain by Mexican bullets. Innumerable histories of the war already exist, as well as more intelligent treatments in survey volumes, so that this addition for all its revisionist pretensions seems quite marginal. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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