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The Resource Opening Mexico : the making of a democracy, Julia Preston and Samuel Dillon

Opening Mexico : the making of a democracy, Julia Preston and Samuel Dillon

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Opening Mexico : the making of a democracy
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Opening Mexico
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the making of a democracy
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Julia Preston and Samuel Dillon
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  • Preston and Dillon, former Mexico bureau chiefs for the New York Times , combine personal experience and journalistic accounts in this thoughtful report on the trials of Mexico's turbulent first taste of democracy after decades of authoritarian rule. With grace and candor, the authors capture this transitional period, which has been characterized by a slow and tense crumbling of Mexico's main political party, the PRI (a victim of its own incompetence and hubris), and a rapid increase in civic fervor. This is a portrait of historical change of seismic proportion, told from individual perspectives, depicting an intriguing web of heroic Mexicans struggling to bring about cultural change while others tend toward corruption. As a result, this book is as bleak as it is insightful. Hopeful victories in this "imperfect democracy" are few and far between. The authors detail government negligence and deception during the devastating earthquake of 1985, cunning reporters and renowned intellectuals attempting to pierce the regime's stronghold on the media, and the ongoing low-intensity warfare against deeply divided indigenous communities in the southern state of Chiapas. Also featured here is the controversial investigation of Mexico's narcotics underworld that implicates two high-level PRI officials as "associates" of Mexico's most notorious drug trafficker, Carillo Fuentes. This type of coverage earned the authors strong criticism from the authorities in Mexico and a Pulitzer Prize—the latter well deserved. B&w photos. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 26, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 4, p244)
  • /* Starred Review */ New York Times reporters Preston and Dillon present an overview of the decline and fall of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) during the last three decades of the 20th century. Rising out of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, the PRI dominated all aspects of government, economics, and society. By the 1960s the party had grown corrupt, with members enriching themselves at the country's expense and using fraud and intimidation to retain power. At the end of the 1990s, President Ernesto Zedillo instituted major changes in Mexico's political and electoral systems, which led to the election of the National Action Party's Vicente Fox as president in 2000 and thus the removal of the PRI from power. Preston and Dillon tell the stories of the numerous reformers and activists who worked for 30 years to change Mexican politics. They also highlight the PRI's efforts to retain power, with a detailed study of the governments of the disgraced presidents Carlos Salina and Zedillo. Richly detailed and excellently written, this work complements such recent works as Patricia Huesca-Dorantes's The Emergence of Multiparty Competition in Mexican Politics . Recommended for all libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/03.]—Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ., Parkersburg --Stephen L. Hupp (Reviewed February 1, 2004) (Library Journal, vol 129, issue 2, p110)
  • /* Starred Review */ Superb from-the-barricades portrait of Mexico's second revolution, which is still unfolding.New York Times reporters Preston and Dillon offer a vivid account of matters that would have been common knowledge to American readers had newspapers or newsmagazines showed interest in our southern neighbor's affairs: the complex transformation of a one-party system, the longest-ruling in the world, into a pluralistic democracy. In fairness to American readers, Preston and Dillon observe, the momentous process, known to Mexicans as el cambio—the change—caught many Mexicans unaware, too: "Mexico's second revolution was accomplished so efficiently and peacefully that not many Mexicans, and even fewer outsiders, really grasped the historic dimensions of the event." Whatever the case, the Mexican electorate ended more than 70 years of one-party rule in July 2000, turning out the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in favor of newcomer Vicente Fox's National Action Party (PAN). The change had many agents: labor activists, the disaffected urban poor, supporters of the Zapatista rebel movement, middle-class intellectuals, ordinary citizens shocked by corruption and the brutality of the police and military. It also had an unlikely ally in PRI president and party leader Ernesto Zedillo, who, like Mikhail Gorbachev (to whom he has been likened), bowed to the inevitable and accepted the will of the people—even if many party stalwarts, and their American hireling James Carville, did not. Though Fox, who won 43 percent of the vote in a three-way race, has been a disappointment—so Preston and Dillon conclude—the awakening has made all the difference: "It soon became obvious that [Fox's] victory would not bring prosperity, equality, and justice overnight. . . . But nobody seriously questioned the essential vigor of the democracy Mexicans had constructed, and the country's peaceful transition remained a source of pride."As good a look at Mexico as has been written by outsiders since Alan Riding's Distant Neighbors (1984), and essential for students of Latin American affairs. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2003)
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Preston, Julia
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non fiction
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Dillon, Sam
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  • Democracy
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the making of a democracy
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Opening Mexico : the making of a democracy, Julia Preston and Samuel Dillon
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/hol041/2003059918.html
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [519]-570) and index
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Contents
The day of the change -- From disorder to despotism -- Tlatelolco, 1968 -- Earthquake, 1985 -- Chihuahua, 1986 -- 1988 -- Ernesto Zedillo, the outsider -- Raúl -- The general and the drug lord -- Testing change -- The earcutter -- Opening minds -- Chiapas -- Democracy at work -- Campaign for change
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474685
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24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 594 pages
Isbn
9780374226688
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(alk. paper)
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2003059918
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780374226688
  • (Sirsi) ADM-8405
Label
Opening Mexico : the making of a democracy, Julia Preston and Samuel Dillon
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/hol041/2003059918.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [519]-570) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The day of the change -- From disorder to despotism -- Tlatelolco, 1968 -- Earthquake, 1985 -- Chihuahua, 1986 -- 1988 -- Ernesto Zedillo, the outsider -- Raúl -- The general and the drug lord -- Testing change -- The earcutter -- Opening minds -- Chiapas -- Democracy at work -- Campaign for change
Control code
474685
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 594 pages
Isbn
9780374226688
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003059918
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374226688
  • (Sirsi) ADM-8405

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