Intervention!: The United States and the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1917

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Powerful and compelling. . . . Eisenhower is not only an accomplished military historian, he's also a storyteller in the tradition of Bruce Caton and Shelby Foote."—Steve Neal, Chicago Sun-Times
In May 1916, six American soldiers led by Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr., surrounded a building near Rubio, Chihuahua. When the occupants burst out of the door, guns blazing, Patton and his men cut them down. A month later seventy American troopers charged into a strong Mexican ...

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Overview

Powerful and compelling. . . . Eisenhower is not only an accomplished military historian, he's also a storyteller in the tradition of Bruce Caton and Shelby Foote."—Steve Neal, Chicago Sun-Times
In May 1916, six American soldiers led by Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr., surrounded a building near Rubio, Chihuahua. When the occupants burst out of the door, guns blazing, Patton and his men cut them down. A month later seventy American troopers charged into a strong Mexican position at Carrizal; ten were killed and twenty-three taken prisoner. In 1914, a powerful American naval force seized Mexico's principal seaport, Veracruz, and occupied the city for six months. Yet, all the while, Mexico and the United States were technically at peace.
The United States began its involvement in the Mexican Revolution in 1913 with President Woodrow Wilson's decision to remove Victoriana Huerta, leader of a military junta that overthrew and murdered Mexico's president, Francisco Madero. Diplomatic actions failing, Wilson occupied Veracruz, cutting off Huerta's supplies of arms from abroad. When in 1916 the legendary bandit Pancho Villa raided Columbus, New Mexico, Wilson sent General John J. Pershing into Chihuahua to capture him.
This story leads readers to increased respect for the people of Mexico and its revolutionary leaders—Zapata, Obregon, Carranza, and Pancho Villa. It shows that, while American troops performed well, U.S. intervention had no effect on the outcome of the Mexican Revolution. The American army had a taste of battle and Pershing went on to become the greatest American hero of the First World War.

"Very readable and engaging summary of US involvement in early stages of the Mexican Revolution. Enlightening for new students, but adds little new information for scholars"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Retired brigadier general Eisenhower describes U.S. involvement in the Mexican Revolution and Wilson's confrontations with junta leader Victoriano Huerta and legendary bandit Pancho Villa. (July)
Library Journal
Eisenhower ( So Far from God : The U.S. War with Mexico , LJ 4/15/89) has written an excellent account of U.S.-Mexican relations from 1913 to 1917. By focusing on the principal leaders in Mexico and the United States, he presents a clear picture of the Mexican civil war and America's intervention. This clear, concise, well-written account allows the reader to see what happened and why it occurred. The author does not cast blame on either side but shows the strengths and weaknesses of each of the major participants. He explodes many of the myths surrounding the Mexican civil war. Unlike Robert Quirk's An Affair of Honor: Woodrow Wilson and the Occupation of Veracruz (1967), Eisenhower presents the complete picture of the major leaders and events surrounding this incident. For informed lay readers as well as scholars.-- Richard P. Hedlund, Ashland Community Coll., Ky.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393313185
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 718,553
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Eisenhower is the author of several books, including The Bitter Woods, Allies: Pearl Harbor to D-Day, and So Far From God. He lives in Trappe, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction
Prologue 3
1 Assassination 7
2 Uprising 10
3 "I Have Overthrown This Government" 19
4 Watchful Waiting 30
5 First Chief 38
6 The Return of Pancho Villa 46
7 Huerta Agonistes 60
8 The Benton Affair 69
9 The Tampico Incident 79
10 The Landing at Veracruz 109
11 The Clouds of War 125
12 The Fall of Victoriano Huerta 139
13 The Convention at Aguascalientes 151
14 Villa's and Zapata's Reign of Terror 165
15 Carranza by Default 175
16 Blood on the Border 187
17 Villa Raids Columbus 217
18 "You Will Promptly Organize . . ." 228
19 Pancho Villa's Narrow Escape 241
20 Colonia Dublan 251
21 Gunfight at Parral 260
22 To the Brink 276
23 Carrizal 288
24 Exit the United States 301
25 The Triumph of Obregon 308
Epilogue 321
Appendix A: Sequence of Events, Mexican Revolution 1910-1917 329
Appendix B: Visiting Points of Interest 337
Appendix C: The Plan of Guadalupe 343
Notes 345
Bibliography 373
Acknowledgments 379
Index 381
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