A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States by Timothy J. HendersonA Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States by Timothy J. Henderson

A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States

byTimothy J. Henderson

Paperback | May 20, 2008

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The war that was fought between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 was a major event in the history of both countries: it cost Mexico half of its national territory, opened western North America to U.S. expansion, and brought to the surface a host of tensions that led to devastating civil wars in both countries. Among generations of Latin Americans, it helped to cement the image of the United States as an arrogant, aggressive, and imperialist nation, poisoning relations between a young America and its southern neighbors.

In contrast to many current books, which treat the war as a fundamentally American experience, Timothy J. Henderson's A Glorious Defeat offers a fresh perspective by looking closely at the Mexican side of the equation. He examines the tremendous inequalities of Mexican society and provides a greater understanding of the intense factionalism and political paralysis leading up to and through the war. Also touching on a range of topics from culture and ethnicity to religion and geography, this comprehensive yet concise narrative humanizes the conflict and serves as the perfect introduction for new readers of Mexican history.

Timothy J. Henderson is an associate professor of history at Auburn University, Montgomery, and the author of several books on Mexican history, including the The Mexican Wars for Independence.
Title:A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United StatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.29 × 5.62 × 0.63 inPublished:May 20, 2008Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0809049678

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Look at the Border! A must-read book for anyone trying to understand the tense relation between the USA and Mexico. The internal weakness, errant policies and sheer folly by Mexico's rulers led to an independent Texas and general war that led to the massive southwest expansion of Uncle Sam. The author focuses more on the dynamics in Mexico as it is a topic little known or appreciated by North Americans. Loved this book that it was read in a week.
Date published: 2016-12-21

Editorial Reviews

"Lively, objective and highly accurate." -The Dallas Morning News"Fascinating. This unique contribution to the literature of the era is perfectly suitable to general readers." -Brad Hooper, Booklist""This pithy, searching account of why Mexico went to war with the United States, knowing that to do so meant almost certain defeat, is sure to empower specialists and new readers of Mexican history alike. Equally important, the volume demonstrates the War's critical role as a catalyst in plunging both nations into bitter civil wars and poisoning future relations between them. Pulling few punches in his assessment of American power and hubris, Henderson contributes meaningfully to a future collaboration among neighbors based on greater understanding and mutual respect." -Gilbert M. Joseph, Farnam Professor of History and International Studies, Yale University"A terrific book. In a concise and readable historical narrative, Henderson lays bare the causes for this war that reflects so much about the two countries and relations between them. His book is almost as much about the present as it is about the past." -Sam Quinones, journalist and author of True Tales From Another Mexico