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The Wind that Swept Mexico The History of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1942 by Anita Brenner, George R. Leighton

The Wind that Swept Mexico The History of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1942


Part of the Texas Pan American Series Series


The Wind that Swept Mexico The History of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1942 by Anita Brenner, George R. Leighton

The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 with the overthrow of dictator Porfirio Diaz. The Wind That Swept Mexico, originally published in 1943, was the first book to present a broad account of that revolution in its several different phases. In concise but moving words and in memorable photographs, this classic sweeps the reader along from the false peace and plenty of the Diaz era through the doomed administration of Madero, the chaotic years of Villa and Zapata, Carranza and Obregon, to the peaceful social revolution of Cardenas and Mexico's entry into World War II. The photographs were assembled from many sources by George R. Leighton with the assistance of Anita Brenner and others. Many of the prints were cleaned and rephotographed by the distinguished photographer Walker Evans.


Only 100 pages of text and 184 historical news photographs, yet this is the Mexican Revolution in its drama, its complexity, its incompleteness! One could not have seen it more closely and fully had one taken part in it . . . * Bertram D. Wolfe * . . . a classic and sympathetic statement of the first of the great twentieth century revolutions--its words and pictures command our attention and our respect. * Military History * . . . here is the history of the revolution in 184 of the best photographs of the time. The whole disintegration and painful reintegration of a society is marvellously set before the eyes . . . * Times Literary Supplement *

About the Author

Journalist, historian, anthropologist, art critic, and creative writer, ANITA BRENNER (1905-1974) was one of Mexico's most discerning interpreters. She is known for her landmark books Idols Behind Altars, Your Mexican Holiday, and The Wind That Swept Mexico.

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Publication date

30th November 1983


Anita Brenner, George R. Leighton

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University of Texas Press


320 pages


History of the Americas
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Revolutionary groups & movements
Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions



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