The Mexicans: A Personal Portrait of a People by Patrick OsterThe Mexicans: A Personal Portrait of a People by Patrick Oster

The Mexicans: A Personal Portrait of a People

byPatrick Oster

Paperback | March 5, 2002

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The Mexicans is a multifaceted portrait of the complex, increasingly turbulent neighbor to our south. It is the story of a country in crisis -- poverty, class tensions, political corruption -- as told through stories of individuals.

From Augustín, an honest cop, we learn that many in the Mexican police force use torture as their number-one-crime-solving technique; from Julio Scherer Garcia, a leading newspaper editor, we learn how kidnapping and intimidating phone calls stifle people despite his meager income; we hear from a homosexual teacher wary of bigotry in a land of machismo; and many others.

Moving from Mexico City discos to remote Indian towns, Patrick Oster tells of Mexicans whose lives reveal something vital about Mexico, and in doing so, helps to understand why many decide to risk their lives in order to have the opportunity to live in the United States.

The Mexicans is a multifaceted portrait of the complex, increasingly turbulent neighbor to our south. It is the story of a country in crisis -- poverty, class tensions, political corruption -- as told through stories of individuals. From Augustín, an honest cop, we learn that many in the Mexican police force use torture as their number...
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Title:The Mexicans: A Personal Portrait of a PeopleFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 5, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060011300

ISBN - 13:9780060011307

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from the real Mexico Who doesn't love great storytelling? This has it in spades. Author Patrick Oster gives us wonderful slices of Mexican life that makes it seems like it's a Fellini film every day you step out of your front door. Loved so many of these portraits from the punk rocker to the streetside fire breathers.
Date published: 2017-01-18

Editorial Reviews

“The Mexicans makes very good reading…Oster’s clean, simple storytelling is perfect for the subject. ”