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A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed

Updated: August 30, 2019

Selected titles from the Los Angeles Public Library collection about the Mexican Revolution. A companion reading list to A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed, which was an exhibit of photographs, maps, and other artifacts that documented a country at war, and was on view in the Getty Gallery at Central Library from Sept. 8, 2011-June 3, 2012.

Horne, Gerald.
Call Number: 972.08 H815
Interesting examination of the role of African American soldiers in the revolution including the improved race relations between the revolutionaries and their African American compatriots.

Call Number: 972.08 C5365 folio

The Mexican Revolution took place during 1910 to 1920 and over one million people left Mexico and many of them came to the United States. This book is a companion to a documentary, Children of the Revolución: How the Mexican Revolution Changed America's Destiny. Numerous historical black and white photographs accompany remembrances of the early immigrants and their descendants.

Brunk, Samuel, 1959-
Call Number: 92 Z35Br
A scholarly and well-researched study of the man behind the myth. This work puts aside the legend and looks at the success or lack of success of Zapata's struggle for land reform and social justice for the underclasses in Mexico.

Poniatowska, Elena.
Based on the life of Josefina Borquez, a working-class woman whose difficult life spanned some of the seminal events in early 20th century Mexican history. Poniatowska's Jesusa is a tough, coarse-mouthed, cantankerous character who pushes contradiction to its limits. (Fiction)

Reed, John, 1887-1920.
Call Number: 972.08 R324 2006
In modern day parlance Reed was "embedded" with soldiers of Pancho Villa's armies as they advanced on Mexico City. The essays give a gritty and accurate picture of what life was like amongst the soldiers who fought the revolution.

Poniatowska, Elena.
Call Number: 972.08 P797
Passionate descriptions of the essential role of women in the Mexican Revolution, a story that has been mostly forgotten or ignored by historians. Brief, but enhanced by many fascinating photographs.

Katz, Friedrich.
Call Number: 972.08 K19-1
Lengthy (almost a thousand pages) but extremely readable biography of the enigmatic Villa that pulls no punches but gets to the heart of the man and Mexico during the revolution.

Gilly, Adolfo.
Call Number: 972.08 G485 2005
A solid and mostly political look at the revolution from 1910 to 1920 with care taken to point out the reasons for failure in Zapata and Villa's fight to gain equality for the working people in the north and south of Mexico.

Frost, Mary Pierce, 1961-
Call Number: 972.08 F939
Well-organized and comprehensive young adult book in straight chronological order with copious illustrations. Ideal resource for mid-level school assignments.

Gonzales, Michael J., 1946-
Call Number: 972.08 G6425
A broad scope view of the causes and effects of the revolution that is suitable for college or even high school Mexican history courses.

Beezley, William H.
Call Number: 972.08 B415-1
Concise and scholarly work focusing on the groups within the revolution and how they contributed to the reforms that ensued from the great sacrifices that were made by the Mexican people including two million lives lost.

Casasola, Agusti?n Vi?ctor, 1874-1938.
Call Number: 770.9174 C335-2 folio
An intimate look at the Mexican revolution through tremendously evocative photo essays by the great photographer Casasola who traveled the length and breadth of Mexico to capture these moments.

Toor, Rachel.
Call Number: YA

Alice Evelyn Davis, seventeen, has generally gotten all she wants from life but when her college of choice rejects her, problems with her best friend arise, and she faces an unexpected loss, her new-found interest in running helps get her through.

Paredes, Ame?rico.
Antonio Cuitla has a date with destiny, but it is not the showdown the once-fierce revolutionary expects. Is Antonio's battle with a would-be assassin or with Death itself? (Fiction)

Azuela, Mariano, 1873-1952.
Call Number: Ed.a
This book takes a realistic and gritty look at a band of fighters during the Mexican Revolution.

McLynn, Frank.
Call Number: 972.08 M166 2002
Comprehensive examination of the struggle through the biographies of two of the key figures in the Mexican Revolution.

Fuentes, Carlos.
The action begins in the state of Veracruz and then moves to Mexico City, tracing a migration during the Revolution and its aftermath that is an important element in Laura Diaz's life as well as in Mexico's history. (Fiction)

Womack, John, 1937-
Call Number: 972.08 W872 1970
Highly regarded and definitive study of the man who represented the "people of the fields" and his role in the ultimate outcome of the revolution.