The Irish Soldiers of Mexico

The Irish Soldiers of Mexico

by Michael Hogan

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The Irish Soldiers of Mexico sold out fourteen editions in English and three editions in Spanish from 1997 to 2010. It has been the basis of an MGM feature film and two documentaries; it has also been used in many history classes both in the United States and abroad. This revised edition includes new historical material such as the location of what is purported to be a death certificate for John Riley located in a church in Veracruz and evidence that appears to negate its value.
The edition also includes updated "After the War" and "Commemorations" sections. Many positive changes in public perception of the San Patricios have taken place since the first publication of this book in 1997. In addition, there have been a number of new vehicles for dissemination of the history, not the least of which was the production of "One Man's Hero," starring Tom Berenger, three novels on the San Patiricios, a new sculpture in Mexico City of John Riley donated by the people of Ireland, and the Chieftains CD with songs commemorating the Irish battalion.

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ISBN-13: 9781463502454
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/25/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 339,007
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Irish Soldiers of Mexico 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several books on the Mexican War, and an earlier work on the participation of the Irish battalion in that conflict. However, this is the first which clearly shows the temper of the times: U.S. expansionism, the Irish Famine, the anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant furor of the 1840's. It is a wonderful book and we've decided to adopt it at our school as a supplemental text. It is accessible, clearly written, with good photos, cartoons and maps of the period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book delved into the Mexican American War and wove an honest and objective retelling of what happened from the point of view of a group I didn’t even know was there, the Irish. In spite of the fact that I have taken U.S, Mexican, and World History courses, I had never previously come across this clearly consequential and interesting involvement of the Irish during this conflict. The story of the San Patricios is one worth learning about and one that revealed to me a whole different set of interactions between neighboring countries Mexico and the United States.  The reason for Mexico’s loss in the Battle of Churubusco serves to show that History is a careful construction of deeds and unexpected events, which is why the losing side in a conflict should not always be dismissed as the “weaker side.” Equally compelling is the national outlook towards the San Patricios which were written down in a wildly different way by two distinct cultures that are both equally reluctant to talk about this war. Mexico is ashamed of how it lost the conflict. The United States is ashamed of having invaded another country for territory. But the Irish are bound to both cultures, and present the reality of a conflict that resulted in a heavy territorial shift that any member of either nation should be thoroughly informed about.