The only substantive study of Plutarco Elias Calles and the Mexican Revolution, this book traces the remarkable life story of a complex and little-understood, yet key figure in Mexico's history. Jurgen Buchenau draws on a rich array of archival evidence from Mexico, the United States, and Europe to explore Calles's origins and political trajectory, ultimately leading to his reformist, yet authoritarian presidency from 1924 to 1928. After his term as president, Calles continued to exert broad influence as his country's foremost political figure; indeed, many of the institutions and laws forged during his tenure survive today. Through this comprehensive assessment of a quintessential politician in an era dominated by generals, entrepreneurs, and educated professionals, Buchenau opens an illuminating window into the Mexican Revolution and contemporary Mexico.
Jurgen Buchenau is professor of history and director of Latin American studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Chapter 1 1. A Life Adrift Chapter 2 2. Seeking Order in Chaos Chapter 3 3.Strongman of Sonora Chapter 4 4. In the Shadow of the Caudillo Chapter 5 5. El Senor Presidente Chapter 6 6. Jefe Maximo of the Revolution Chapter 7 7. In the Twilight