The General and the Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution and Revenge

The General and the Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution and Revenge

by Eileen Welsome
ISBN-10:
0803222246
ISBN-13:
9780803222243
Pub. Date:
11/28/2007
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books

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The General and the Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution and Revenge


On the cold, dark night of March 9, 1916, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa—el jaguar—and his band of marauders crossed the border and raided the tiny town of Columbus, New Mexico. It was a vicious surprise attack, ending with corpses piled in the streets and psychological wounds that would last a lifetime. Suspects were rounded up, trials were held, and a virulent backlash against persons of Mexican origin erupted. General John “Black Jack” Pershing was told to assemble a small army, head into Mexico, and get Villa, dead or alive. The last hurrah for the U.S. cavalry, the “Punitive Expedition” marked America’s first use of armored tanks, airplanes, and trucks against an enemy. One of the deputies Pershing would choose was a recent West Point graduate named George Patton.
The expedition brought the United States and Mexico to the brink of war, but it also restored greatness to both prey and predator. More than a classic account of the war for control of the West, The General and the Jaguar is a brilliant chronicle of obsession and revenge and a dual portrait of John Pershing and Pancho Villa, two of the greatest military minds of all time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803222243
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 667,722
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Eileen Welsome is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist. Her first book, The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War, was the recipient of two PEN awards.

Table of Contents


Prologue
Part I: The Attack
1. A Microbe Challenges an Elephant
2. A Diverting Brute
3. Veracruz
4. Downhill
5. Tell President Wilson to Save You
6. Only One Chance to Die
7. Rumors, Warnings, and Telegrams
8. Villa Is Coming Tonight, for Sure
9. The Fiddler Plays
10. Very Unnatural Deaths
Part II: The Hunt
11. To the End of the Furrow
12. Sunburn, Frostbite, and Blisters
13. Pershing's Indigestion
14. No One to Seek For
Part III: Revenge and Rvival
15. Gasoline Baths and Confessions
16. Jerked to Jesus
17. A Ripe Pear
18. A Terrible Blunder
19. Whore Dust and a Rabid Dog
20. An Old Colonel
21. A Reborn Town
22. Victims or Bandits?
23. Death Comes for the Horsemen
Acknowledgments
Casualties of the Columbus Raid
Chronology
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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