"By emphasizing the links between important New Mexicans and their times, this book makes history a personal story of drama and pathos played out within a larger context of pivotal events and formative ideas." This book will appeal to anyone interested in knowing more about how a fascinating mix of people of various cultures have molded New Mexico's history.
Thirteen American scholars and authors contribute profiles of several individuals playing important roles in the history of New Mexico, from prehistoric times to the present. Individuals featured include El Pop<'e>, Juan de O<~n>ate, Diego de Vargas , Juanotilla of Cochiti, Padre Mart<'i>nez, Mangas Coloradas, Kit Carson, Billy the Kid, Susan McSween, Thomas Catron, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Dennis Chavez, Wendell Chino, and Tony Hillerman. The essays reveal ways in which these 14 notable New Mexicans illustrated or broke from the main currents of the state's history. Illustrated with b&w photos. For students and general readers, specialists in New Mexican history, and regional and national historians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)