The Life and Times of Pancho Villa / Edition 1by Friedrich Katz
Pub. Date: 10/28/1998
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Alongside Moctezuma and Benito Juárez, Pancho Villa is probably the best-known figure in Mexican history. Villa legends pervade not only Mexico but the United States and beyond, existing not only in the popular mind and tradition but in ballads and movies. There are legends of Villa the Robin Hood, Villa the womanizer, and Villa as the only foreigner who has… See more details below
Alongside Moctezuma and Benito Juárez, Pancho Villa is probably the best-known figure in Mexican history. Villa legends pervade not only Mexico but the United States and beyond, existing not only in the popular mind and tradition but in ballads and movies. There are legends of Villa the Robin Hood, Villa the womanizer, and Villa as the only foreigner who has attacked the mainland of the United States since the War of 1812 and gotten away with it.
Whether exaggerated or true to life, these legends have resulted in Pancho Villa the leader obscuring his revolutionary movement, and the myth in turn obscuring the leader. Based on decades of research in the archives of seven countries, this definitive study of Villa aims to separate myth from history. So much attention has focused on Villa himself that the characteristics of his movement, which is unique in Latin American history and in some ways unique among twentieth-century revolutions, have been forgotten or neglected. Villa’s División del Norte was probably the largest revolutionary army that Latin America ever produced. Moreover, this was one of the few revolutionary movements with which a U.S. administration attempted, not only to come to terms, but even to forge an alliance. In contrast to Lenin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and Fidel Castro, Villa came from the lower classes of society, had little education, and organized no political party.
The first part of the book deals with Villa’s early life as an outlaw and his emergence as a secondary leader of the Mexican Revolution, and also discusses the special conditions that transformed the state of Chihuahua into a leading center of revolution. In the second part, beginning in 1913, Villa emerges as a national leader. The author analyzes the nature of his revolutionary movement and the impact of Villismo as an ideology and as a social movement. The third part of the book deals with the years 1915 to 1920: Villa’s guerrilla warfare, his attack on Columbus, New Mexico, and his subsequent decline. The last part describes Villa’s surrender, his brief life as a hacendado, his assassination and its aftermath, and the evolution of the Villa legend. The book concludes with an assessment of Villa’s personality and the character and impact of his movement.
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Table of Contents
|Part One = From Outlaw to Revolutionary|
|1 From the Frontier to the Border||11|
|2 The Revolution That Neither Its Supreme Leader Nor Its|
|Opponents Expected The Chihuahuan Revolution, 1910-1911,||57|
|3 Disillusion and Counterrevolution Chihuahua, 1912-1913||126|
|4 An Unrequited Love Villa and Madero, 1912-1913||147|
|PART TWO = From Revolutionary to National Leader|
|5 From Exile to Governor of Chihuahua The Rise of Villa|
|6 Four Weeks That Shook Chihuahua Villa's Brief but|
|7 The Villista Leaders||253|
|8 The División del Norte||287|
|9 Villa's Emergence as a National Leader His Relations|
|with the United States and His Conflict with Carranza||309|
|10 The Elusive Search for Peace||354|
|11 Villismo in Practice Chihuahua Under Villa, 1913-1915||397|
|12 The New Civil War in Mexico Villismo on the Offensive||433|
|13 Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory||487|
|PART THREE = From National Leader to Guerrilla Leader|
|14 Villa's Two-Front War with Carranza and the United|
|15 The Resurgence of Villa in1916-1917||583|
|16 Villa's Darkest Years The Savage and Bloody Guerrilla|
|Struggle in Chihuahua, 1917-1920||615|
|17 Villa and the Outside World||655|
|18 The Attempt to Create Villismo with a Gentler Face The|
|Return of Felipe Angeles||680|
|PART FOUR = Reconciliation, Peace, and Death|
|19 From Guerrilla Leader to Hacendado||719|
|20 The End and the Survival of Villa||761|
|Appendix: On the Archival Trail of Pancho Villa||821|
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My family comes from a town west from where Pancho Villa was born and where his feats and life are legendary. This books reveals the real Pancho Villa and separates the leyend from the man. Katz decribes the roots of Villismo and describes how Villa and his followers became a significant force during the Mexican Revolution. Recomended for readers highly interested in the Mexican Revolution and Pancho Villa. Viva Villa!
This has to be the best book I have read about Pancho Villa. Pancho Villa used to stay in a cave by the town my grandmother lives...I have always been interested in his life...This is a must have for all who want to know more about Pancho Villa.
I took a course at Harvard CE last year on Mexican History and the professor felt Katz was one of the best historians of Mexican history, ever, and felt this was his best book. I concur.