Zapata and the Mexican Revolutionby John Womack
This essential volume recalls the activities of Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution; he formed and commanded an important revolutionary force during this conflict. Womack focuses attention on Zapata's activities and his home state of Morelos during the Revolution. Zapata quickly rose from his position as a peasant leader in a village seeking agrarian reform. Zapata's dedication to the cause of land rights made him a hero to the people. Womack describes the contributing factors and conditions preceding the Mexican Revolution, creating a narrative that examines political and agrarian transformations on local and national levels.
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Meet the Author
John Womack, Jr., was born in 1937 in Norman, Oklahoma. He attended Harvard University, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laudein 1959. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford from 1959-1961, then returned to Harvard and received his Ph.D. in history in 1965. Mr. Womack is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Emeritus, at Harvard University.
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The prior review is correct. In spite of the massive amount of research that went into the book, it reads like a novel. I believe this was also the author's PhD thesis at Harvard. It is one of the best books I have read, novel or fact.
This is an excellant biography of Zapata's life. It does an excellant job of creating a sense of the atmosphere and life of a small Mexican village after the turn of the century and the forces and events which lead a peasant people to revolt against great odds. This book is the result of great research but reads more like a novel.