Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith, and Dreams of a Mexican President

Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith, and Dreams of a Mexican President

by Vicente Fox, Rob Allyn
     
 

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As a farm boy I was an indifferent student, more interested in baling hay than studying mathematics. But history I loved, drinking in the stories of the great heroes of Mexico's struggle for independence, our revolution and the Cristero rebellion, told to me around the fire by men who had fought for freedom in the early 1900s. And if history proves nothing else, it is

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As a farm boy I was an indifferent student, more interested in baling hay than studying mathematics. But history I loved, drinking in the stories of the great heroes of Mexico's struggle for independence, our revolution and the Cristero rebellion, told to me around the fire by men who had fought for freedom in the early 1900s. And if history proves nothing else, it is this: Walls don't work.

The Great Wall of China didn't work. The Berlin Wall didn't work. The West Bank Barrier won't work. Walls never work. Walls are a medieval solution to a twenty-first-century problem. Mongols invade them. Escapees tunnel under them. Television beams over them. Today, as National Guard troops patrol the rivers from Arizona to Iraq, the United States isn't building a wall. It is building a prison.

Editorial Reviews

Pamela Constable
Fox's book, Revolution of Hope, written in English and launched with a U.S. tour, makes a direct plea to the American people to see Mexican immigrants in a kinder light. He wants us to have patience with Mexico's fledgling efforts at political and economic reform, and to seek common solutions rather than building walls. His tone is often hyperbolic, but his message is heartfelt.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

Fox, who broke 71 years of one-party rule in Mexico when he became president in 2000, recounts his unconventional approach to Mexican politics as well as how he got there in the first place. With co-writer and political consultant Allyn, he explains his beginnings on his family's ranch, where he slowly began to realize the great difference between himself and the farmhands' children with whom he played. Though he was eventually sent to high school in Wisconsin and completed a university degree in Mexico City, Fox never shed his ranchero ways, rendered rather nostalgically in the book. After a stint as a young top executive with Coca-Cola, Fox began his political career, wearing cowboy boots the whole way. In addition to the story of his assent in politics, Fox offers his opinions on immigration and economic integration, the latter of which he is great proponent. Written with an American audience in mind, he repeatedly presents the argument that more trade between the United States and Mexico, with more jobs in Mexico-not a wall-is the solution to immigration problems. Fox is candid in the book and opens up about the controversial moments of his political career. However, the book reveals less about Fox than about his hopeful vision for the world. (Oct.)

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The San Diego Union-Tribune
Engaging and insightful.
Larry King
An extraordinary book.
Kirkus Reviews
Memoir of the former Mexican president, whose remarkable rise to power was followed by a six-year tenure in office that was marked by an extraordinary upswing in the country's fortunes. Published less than a year after his presidency came to a close, this wide-ranging overview of Fox's life unfolds at a furious pace, as he catalogs his many personal and professional achievements. Fox and co-author Allyn keep the political rhetoric to a minimum, only occasionally lapsing into corny sweeping statements about the state of the world. Instead, they focus on Fox's transformation from a truck driver for Coca-Cola to the first Mexican president to be elected from an opposition party since 1920. The book initially focuses on Fox's early life, offering insight into his upbringing, details about his family life and vivid descriptions of the poverty that beset the country in the future president's formative years. Though his family was by no means wealthy, his father's career as a ranchero earned enough for Fox to study at a Jesuit school in Wisconsin. Menial jobs followed, and, in a move that paralleled his astounding rise to president, Fox managed to work his way up from truck driver to CEO of Coca-Cola's Mexican operation. As Fox reveals his admirable achievements, he litters the text with asides, comments and anecdotes, most of which make for revealing and entertaining reading. He unravels his encounter with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Fox had his own "Schwarzenegger problem," as his mother was not a native Mexican citizen), offers his timely opinion on Barack Obama, discusses his differences with George W. Bush, presents a passionate argument for globalization and explains why he's a voracious readerof political memoirs. These elements, along with the thrilling descriptions of the buildup to Fox's election victory, provide a welcome personal touch to an already well-documented story. Cynics looking for PR spin may be surprised by this book, which is driven by Fox's undeniable raconteurial skills and his keen eye for drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670018390
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/04/2007
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Vicente Fox, born in Mexico in 1942, was the president of Mexico from 2000—2006. Before being elected president he was a rancher, boot-maker, Coca-Cola CEO, and governor.
Rob Allyn is an author, commentator, speech writer, and political consultant who has worked closely with Fox for a decade.

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