Jenkins Of Mexico

Author: Andrew Paxman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190455756
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In the city of Puebla there lived an American who made himself into the richest man in Mexico. Driven by a steely desire to prove himself-first to his wife's family, then to Mexican elites-William O. Jenkins rose from humble origins in Tennessee to build a business empire in a country energized by industrialization and revolutionary change. In Jenkins of Mexico, Andrew Paxman presents the first biography of this larger-than-life personality. When the decade-long Mexican Revolution broke out in 1910, Jenkins preyed on patrician property owners and bought up substantial real estate. He suffered a scare with a firing squad and then a kidnapping by rebels, an episode that almost triggered a US invasion. After the war he owned textile mills, developed Mexico's most productive sugar plantation, and helped finance the rise of a major political family, the Ávila Camachos. During the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s-50s, he lorded over the film industry with his movie theater monopoly and key role in production. By means of Mexico's first major hostile takeover, he bought the country's second-largest bank. Reputed as an exploiter of workers, a puppet-master of politicians, and Mexico's wealthiest industrialist, Jenkins was the gringo that Mexicans loved to loathe. After his wife's death, he embraced philanthropy and willed his entire fortune to a foundation named for her, which co-founded two prestigious universities and funded projects to improve the lives of the poor in his adopted country. Using interviews with Jenkins' descendants, family papers, and archives in Puebla, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Washington, Jenkins of Mexico tells a contradictory tale of entrepreneurship and monopoly, fearless individualism and cozy deals with power-brokers, embrace of US-style capitalism and political anti-Americanism, and Mexico's transformation from semi-feudal society to emerging economic power.

Cr Nicas De Am Rica Latina

Author: Miguel Á. Novella
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351776673
Size: 64.88 MB
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Crónicas de América Latina: narrativa de no-ficción es la primera edición de una novedosa antología de crónicas diseñada para la enseñanza de español avanzado. Los textos, fascinantes y accesibles, permiten que los estudiantes se adentren en la compleja realidad contemporánea, tanto política como social y cultural, de América Latina, mientras refuerzan la lectura, la redacción y la conversación. Los ejercicios, todos ellos diseñados a partir de los propios textos, pretenden repasar problemas gramaticales y léxicos tradicionales, con especial énfasis en aquellos que atañen a las variedades dialectales del español americano: por ejemplo, el uso del pronombre ‘vos’. Este libro es un excelente material de lectura que puede usarse en clases de español como segunda lengua o en clases de español para hablantes de herencia, tanto en clases de lengua (gramática o conversación) como de contenido (cultura). Dividido en nueve capítulos, el material abarca temas cruciales tales como política, identidad, raza, género, inmigración, violencia, exilio, medio ambiente, gastronomía, fútbol y música. Cada texto puede leerse de forma independiente, lo que permite que los profesores seleccionen las lecturas según las particularidades de cada curso. Pensado en un principio para estudiantes de español, esta antología es sobre todo una lectura indispensable para cualquier persona interesada en la zona que concentra el mayor número de hispanohablantes en el mundo.

The Sorrows Of Mexico

Author: Lydia Cacho
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0857056212
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With contributions from seven of Mexico's finest journalists, this is reportage at its bravest and most necessary - it has the power to change the world's view of their country, and by the force of its truth, to start to heal the country's many sorrows. Supported the Arts Council Grant's for the Arts Programme and by PEN Promotes Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the last ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called "war on drugs" has been a brutal and chaotic failure (more than 160,000 lives have been lost). The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion, corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap and inconvenient people - the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive - can be "disappeared" leaving not a trace behind (in September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as "not located"). Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Diego Enrique Osorno and Juan Villoro tell stories of teenage prostitution and Mexico's street children. Anabel Hernández and Emiliano Ruiz Parra give chilling accounts of the "disappearance" of forty-three students and the murder of a self-educated land lawyer. Sergio González Rodríguez and Marcela Turati dissect the impact of the violence on the victims and those left behind, while Lydia Cacho contributes a journal of what it is like to live every day of your life under threat of death. Reading these accounts we begin to understand the true nature of the meltdown of democracy, obscured by lurid headlines, and the sheer physical and intellectual courage needed to oppose it.