Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Reading Now: Intervention!

One of the passages that struck me most in Nixon Agonistes was Wills critique of the American obsession with elections, the belief that elections can create something rather then being a mere side effect of existing conditions (free people create elections, not the other way around). And Wilson was the archetype of American naivete, blundering into his own obscure Vietnam south of the Rio Grande. Wanting to know more I pulled the subtly titled Intervention! from the local stacks.

This looks to be a quick read, broadly surveying the cast and principle actions around the entry of American troops into Mexico during the 1910's.

Things to look for:
- Bad judgement by Wilson
- Reaction of Mexicans to foreign troop presence
- Conflict scorecard- what exactly were the Mexicans hashing out?

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