List of Illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. The Background of the Last Caudillo. From Santa Anna to Diaz. The Sonoran Background. 2. An Improvised Leader, 1880?1913. Obregon?s Early Years. Obregon and the Beginning of the Mexican Revolution. Obregon?s First Campaign. 3. Chaos and Triumph, 1913?1916. Obregon and the War Against Huerta. Obregon and the Clash Between Carranza and Villa. Obregon in the War Between the Factions. 4. The Path to Power, 1916?1920. Obregon?s Emergence as a Political Leader. The Cincinnatus of the West (Part One). The Campaign for the Presidency. 5. The President, 1920?1924. The Construction of Obregon?s Political Machine. Rebuilding the Nation. The Violent Breakup of the Sonoran Alliance. 6. The Last Caudillo, 1924?1928. A Troubled Agribusiness. The Cincinnatus of the West (Part Two). The Second Presidential Campaign. The Death of the Caudillo. 7. The Unquiet Grave. After the Caudillo. An Arm and a Revolution on a Stage. A Revolution and a Leader Lose Respect. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
Jurgen Buchenau is Professor of History and Latin American Studies at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he is Chair of the History Department. He is the author or editor of several books on modern Latin American history, including Plutarco Elias Calles and the Mexican Revolution (2007), Tools of Progress: A German Merchant Family in Mexico City, 1865-Present (2004), and In the Shadow of the Giant: The Making of Mexico s Central America Policy (1996).
The Last Caudillo is a fine biography of Alvaro Obregon,as well as an excellent overview of the Mexican Revolution.Students will come away with a good understanding of the socialforces and political events that shaped Mexico during this criticaltime in its history. The book is also a great companion toBuchenau s earlier work, Plutarco Elas Calles and the MexicanRevolution, published in 2006. (The LatinAmericanist, 1 September 2013) The Last Caudillo calls in an impressive array of primarysources to render an evenhanded portrait of Obregon as itappropriately casts him as a pivotal figure in the making of modernMexico. more specifically, Buchenau taps into thehistoriography of the Latin American strongman or caudillo in considering Obregon the last of thatlineage, to come to an end when institutions, political parties,enforceable laws, bureaucracy, systems and networks overwhelmed for better orworse the many vicissitudes of individual power. (The Americas, 1 October 2012) "It is Buchenau's combined analysis of caudillismo, the Mexicanrevolution, and Alvaro Obregon that makes this book an importantcontribution to the literature on this revolutionary figure and thetimes that produced him. Summing Up: Highly recommended.Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 November2011)