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Random House, Inc.
"Astounding...Fast-moving, Intriguing...James Michener is back in huge, familiar form with MEXICO."
Here is the story of an American journalist who travels to Mexico to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, but who is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his Mexican ancestors. From the brutality and brilliance of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, to the modern-day Mexicans battling through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution, James Michener weaves it all into an epic human story that ranks with the best of his beloved, bestselling novels.

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Baker & Taylor
American journalist Norman Clay's assignment in Mexico leads him to uncover his fascinating Mexican ancestry, set against the backdrop of 1,500 years of the country's history

Blackwell North Amer
In James A. Michener's Mexico, one of the world's greatest bestselling writers tells the story of a tumultuous land, in a novel that vividly captures the sweep of Mexico's colorful history and teems with a multitude of unforgettable characters.
Moving between the past and present - from important events in Mexico's history to the excitement of a modern-day bullfight - and ranging from the arid plains of Mexico to Inquisition Spain and Civil War Virginia, here is the stirring saga of a man and a nation searching for their identities.
Norman Clay, an American journalist, arrives in Mexico not only to report on the decisive duel between two celebrated matadors but also to learn more about his family's past. As he uncovers the story of his Mexican ancestors - among them an indomitable Indian queen, a conquistador priest, and a Confederate expatriate - the dramatic history of Mexico unfolds: the brilliance and brutality of an ancient native culture; the Spaniards' struggle to win souls and silver in the sixteenth century; the Mexican-American War; and the birth of a modern nation in bloodshed and revolution.
Mr. Michener began to write this novel in 1961. After many months of research and writing he put it aside to work on another project, and then another, and eventually lost track of it. Thirty years later he discovered the lost manuscript and set to work completing it. The result is another Michener triumph, following in the magnificent tradition of Centennial, Texas, and Alaska.

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In the completion of a manuscript begun thirty years ago, American journalist Norman Clay's assignment in Mexico leads him to uncover his fascinating Mexican ancestry, set against the backdrop of 1,500 years of Mexican history. 750,000 first printing. $500,000 ad/promo. BOMC Main.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1992.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679416494
Branch Call Number: MIC
Characteristics: xiii, 625 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jan 26, 2017

This novel fascinated me from the beginning to the end. It is not what one would call easy reading. This novel took me three years to read. Despite that, I was intrigued by all the historical details mentioned. I learned of details concerning bullfighting and bullfighters that I never knew existed. James Michener really did his research on this one.


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