John Reed: Insurgent Mexico



Hose ideals are not entirely clear Carranza comes across as a rather confused fragile ineffectual old man access to whom is controlled by his advisors and ministers with the implication that he might be a puppet for these other men He s clearly far conservative and old fashioned than Villa and out of touch with the esires of the common people Reed had left Mexico by the time Huerta was Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, defeated and Carranza and Villa fell out so that later stage of the revolution is not covered but the seeds of that future conflict are clearly here This is a tough book to rate fairly on a five star scale especially without resort to half stars Reed writes lyricaletailed paeans to the land and people of northern mexico and paints vivid portraits of Pancho Villa Venustiano Carranza and a multitude of other people he met Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women during his infiltration of the Constitutionalist forces Strangely though most reviews and recommendations of Insurgent Mexico refer to it as a journalistic work and as such it falls flat on its face Reedoes not bother with Charity Girl dates maps or exegesis of tactics and strategy on any level other than what he personally observes This makes for an entertaining page turning read but also a bewildering one One would expect a war correspondent to ask strategic uestions of Pancho Villa given the extensive access Reed possessed Finally while very well written albeit in the flowery early 20th century style of a swashbuckling adventure that may annoy andistract some contemporary readers Reed exhibits the racism and lazy stereotypes common to the Anglo American upper class of his generation think Hemingway Conrad I feel comfortable leveling this criticism because other intellectually rigorous writers of his and earlier eras manage to avoid this sin eg William Howard Russell Charles Bean George Wingrove Cooke and especially Kit Coleman Insurgent Mexico ranks as an entertaining adventure story of the first order but I recommend that any reader who wants to understand the Mexican Revolution should read it with a topographical map at hand AFTER reading a general history of the Revolution 45This is non fiction but it reads like fiction It was so enthralling also thanks to the Alipio descriptive language of Reed Iidn t know much about the Mexican revolution of 1913 1914 and this is a good book to have some informations about it It isn t very informative or complete it isn t a history book full of Seducing Ingrid Bergman dates and names but John Reed was in Mexico as a news correspondent a My great great grandfather wrote this book He was a famous war journalist This one is about time he spent in Mexico with Pancho Villa and his ganguring the revoultion in the early 1900s The other well known book of his is Ten Days that Shook the World about the russian revolutionHe was an influence on Hemingway and others as far as journalism and war writing goe. Re The Guardship (Thomas Marlowe, di eventi fondamentali come la vittoria nella battagliai Torreòn che spiana ai rivoluzionari la strada verso Città el Messic.

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A beautiful glimpse to the Mexican culture around 1900 sLove it Reed s escriptions of the revolution fought in Mexico s northern Scandalous (Playing with Fire desert puts you right in the saddle riding with Pancho Villa and his men The rough patchy reportage which reads like field notes than a finished manuscript only lends to the authenticity Ion t know much about Mexican history and having read this I m not sure I know much But the story is enthralling and immediate and I enjoyed it Reed was not a foreign correspondent in the sense that he provided context big picture or analysis But he excels as an embedded war correspondent and I felt the sympathy he had for the friends he made and the cause they were fighting Well worth the read American socialist and journalist John Reed traveled to Mexico to cover the Revolution and his reportage is a vivid eye witnesses account He met Pancho Vila and rode with his troops Reed covered the battles but most important of all he captured the people who fought the Revolution He lived with them and traveled with them This is the book to read if ever you had an interest in the Mexican Revolution I never bothered reading any of John Read Brute Force (Nick Stone, due to his communist reputation but Insurgent Mexico D Appleton Co New York 1914 written over 100 years ago is a fascinating and engaging narrative as some of today s best literary fiction by the likes of Cormac McCarthy Boston Teran or Philipp Meyer Hisescription of the savage revolution and brutal landscape is almost poetic Reading such a well written eye witness account of History is exciting and captivating Tragically Mexico is still a failed state wrecked by violence just this weekend I ve read reports of 114 political assassinations and the murder of 3 journalists in the last six monthsIf you re wondering why illegal immigration from Mexico continues to be such an immense problem all you need to understand is the plight of the peons peasants that Read Beautiful Breasts Pictures describes Insurgent Mexico is about a revolution that occurred over almost a hundred and twenty years ago whose legacy is still felt by the people of Mexico who suffer from the same maladies as theyid over a hundred years ago John Read s social commentary and To Risks Unknown description of comrade camaraderie is still relevant today If Homage to Catalonia left you hungry for another blend of adventure true war reporting headache inducing factionalism romanticized socialism and oddly rendered Spanish translations boyo I have a book for youJohn Reed is the kind of writer whose life eventually became a intriguing story than his works and it s easy to see why Here at the beginning of his career the famously revolutionary reporter has managed to somehow embed himself in Pancho Villa s militia sharing the When You Look Up dangers and hardships of an increasingly confusing war The book which takes the form of a series of impressionistic Nell'autunnoel 1913 il giornalista statunitense John Reed viene inviato The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors, dal Metropolitan Magazine in Messicoove è in corso la

Ignettes of marches battles scenes of Mexican peasant life and wartime camaraderie seems cobbled together from Reed s Any Girl Can Be a CandyKiss Girl! / Tea with the Birds / The G-SUS Gene dispatches written in sweepingly romantic and vivid language Insurgent Mexico is at its strongest when Reed focuses on the stories motivations and relationships of the individual soldiers in Villa s army whom he befriends along the way Where Insurgent Mexico falls short is wherever Reed insists on seeing the war around him through the lens of his own ideology and idealism Reed tries so hard to turn Pancho Villa a complex anachronistic not always heroic figure into a paragon of proto socialist revolutionary virtue And he seems to refuse to see the narrative around him in any other termsThis is where the comparison to Homage to Catalonia fails what makes that book great is the sub story of how Orwell eventually becomesisillusioned with the ideals that led him into the conflict Reed on the other hand seems stubbornly incapable of Scandal! disillusionmentReed sescriptions of Mexico also tend to range from the poetically romantic to the patronizingly romantic If you can forgive him for that you re left with his sense of earnest enthusiasm and energetic writing that makes for an enjoyable adventure Sort of an odd book This is not really a history of the Mexican Revolution in any sense rather it is a series of reports filed by John Reed in his capacity as a journalist attached to Pancho Villa s Division of the North in early 1914 Reading it you will not get much of an understanding of the overall revolution and associated civil wars or even of the troop movements and military actions witnessed by Reed Rather this book is an ant s eye view of the conflict with vivid The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel descriptions of the people places and events that Reed saw while in Mexico The people both soldiers and civilians are mostly peasants earthy lusty people who live life to the hilt and the soldiers especially are newly emboldened and brimming with confidence as a result of the revolution The places since Reed mostly saw Chihuahua and northern Durango recently ravaged by passing armies areusty and filled with mesuite and coyotes with intermittent burned out manors and clusters of peasants huts The events are since this was a war often violent and abrupt It is a fascinating world to read about but probably not one you Pilgrimage (1920) d want to live in Reedoes not focus on but neither Shapely Ankle Preferrd does he shy away fromescribing the Sword at Sunset death and mutilation resulting from the battles he is nearAmong all this are profiles of the two men occupying leading positions in the revolution in the north Pancho Villa and Venustiano Carranza Villa comes across as the epitome of all the other soldiers Reedescribes he loves Fair Play (Zephyr Ranch dancing women and fighting he has a boisterous sense of humor heisdains ceremony and believes eeply and sincerely in the ideals he is fighting for even if Ivoluzione Come corrispondente i guerra il giovane Reed è al seguito Cronache della famiglia Wapshot dell'esercitoi Pancho Villa per uattro mesi testimone ocula.

Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameJohn Silas Reed often referred to by his nickname Jack was an American journalist poet & communist activist remembered for his 1st hand account of the Bolshevik Revolution Ten Days that Shook the World He was the 1st husband of the writer & feminist Louise Bryant