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"A book which fulfills to perfection the two-fold requirement for works of history: it combines rigorous investigation with an imagination that makes the past and people and events come alive."-- Octavio Paz, author of "The Labyrinth of Solitude"Krauze offers a unique perspective of modern Mexico by interweaving the biographies of a number of consequential nineteenth- and twentieth-century leaders into a cohesive historical overview of the Mexican nation....An insightful examination of how this unbroken cycle of power has played a decisive role in the political and social history of Mexico."-- Margaret Flanagan, "Booklist""This shrewd and in many ways brave book is necessary reading. With luck it will help Americans appreciate that Mexico is more than an abstract policy dilemma."-- Sarah Kerr, "New York Times Book Review""A magisterial history...Mr. Krauze's book will surely stand for many years as the standard history of postcolonial Mexico...with its scope and color, his mural makes its powerful, unique impression."-- "Wall Street Journal"