The Life and Times of Mexico

The Life and Times of Mexico

by Earl Shorris

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393327670
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/16/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 627,674
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Earl Shorris (1936–2012) was the author of many works of both fiction and non-fiction including Latinos, Under the Fifth Sun, In the Language of Kings, and Riches for the Poor. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Clinton for his founding of the Clemente Course in the Humanities®, Inc.

Table of Contents

Saturday Storiesxi
First Homage to the Memorious Old Man of Agua Prietaxvi
Book 1The Head (Tonalli)
1.Definitions5
2.In the Beginning17
3.Realpolitik and Dreams35
4.An Imperfect Likeness50
5.The Shaman's Apprentice66
6.The God of Bread and the God of Corn77
7.The Mesoamerican Origins of Generosity87
8.The Envious Origins of Generosity94
9.The Chosen People110
10.The Fate of Independents123
11.The Conception of the Aztec137
12.His Royal Highness152
13.Centripetal Forces167
14.The Defeat of Auguste Comte189
15.Revolutionary Dreams215
16.The Spirit of Madero227
17.The Land of Zapata245
18.Villa's Angels253
19.Carranza, Obregon, Calles, and the Constitution268
20.The Dream of a Word275
21.Totalitarian Threads284
Book 2The Heart (Teyolia)
22.The Werejaguar345
23.Diego Rivera's Dogs355
24.The Nationality of the Rose363
25.Once There Was a Circle383
26.Real Magic399
27.The Reinforcement of the Worst428
Book 3The Liver (Ihiyotl)
28.Indio, Lepero, Pelado, Naco: Four Stages of Race and Class459
29.A Savage Bite480
30.A Dearth of Beginners502
31.Maquiladora Nation527
32.Where the Future Falls544
33.The Science of Dismal Prospects566
34.Alternations591
35.Doctors632
36.The Ninth Mexican645
Book 4Tonalamatl
37.The Book of Predictions681
AppendixTwo Oral Histories
The Political Life of Ifigenia Martinez, La Maestra717
The Education of Jose Chim Ku730
In Place of a Bibliography739
Acknowledgments743
Photo Credits745
Index749
Political Map2
Pre-Hispanic Valley of Mexico Map34

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