John Reed: Insurgent Mexico

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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 gang during the evoultion in the early 1900s The other well known book of his is Ten Days that Shook the World about the ussian evolutionHe was an influence on Hemingway and others as far as journalism and war writing goes This is a tough book to ate fairly on a five star scale especially without esort to half stars Reed writes lyrical detailed 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 during his infiltration of the Constitutionalist forces Strangely though most eviews and ecommendations of Insurgent Mexico efer to it as a journalistic work and as such it falls flat on its face Reed does not bother with dates maps or exegesis of tactics and strategy on any level other than what he personally observes This makes for an entertaining page turning ead 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 and distract some contemporary eaders Reed exhibits the acism and lazy stereotypes common to the Anglo American upper class of his generation think Hemingway Conrad I feel comfor. Nell'autunno del 1913 il giornalista statunitense John Reed viene inviato dal Metropolitan Magazine in Messico dove è in corso la

Table leveling this criticism because other intellectually igorous 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 anks as an entertaining adventure story of the first order but I ecommend that any eader who wants to understand the Mexican Revolution should ead it with a topographical map at hand AFTER eading a general history of the Revolution If Homage to Catalonia left you hungry for another blend of adventure true war eporting headache inducing factionalism omanticized socialism and oddly endered Spanish translations boy do 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 evolutionary eporter has managed to somehow embed himself in Pancho Villa s militia sharing the dangers and hardships of an increasingly confusing war The book which takes the form of a series of impressionistic vignettes of marches battles scenes of Mexican peasant life and wartime camaraderie seems cobbled together from Reed s dispatches written in sweepingly omantic and vivid language Insurgent Mexico is at its strongest when Reed focuses on the stories motivations and elationships of the individual soldiers in Villa s army whom he befriends along the way Where Insurgent Mexico falls short is wherever Reed in. Ivoluzione Come corrispondente di guerra il giovane Reed è al seguito dell'esercito di Pancho Villa per uattro mesi testimone ocula.

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Sists 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 evolutionary virtue And he seems to efuse 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 becomes disillusioned with the ideals that led him into the conflict Reed on the other hand seems stubbornly incapable of disillusionmentReed s descriptions of Mexico also tend to ange from the poetically omantic to the patronizingly omantic If you can forgive him for that you e left with his sense of earnest enthusiasm and energetic writing that makes for an enjoyable adventure American socialist and journalist John Reed traveled to Mexico to cover the Revolution and his eportage is a vivid eye witnesses account He met Pancho Vila and ode 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 ead if ever you had an interest in the Mexican Revolution Reed s descriptions of the evolution fought in Mexico s northern desert puts you ight in the saddle iding with Pancho Villa and his men The ough patchy eportage which eads like field notes than a finished manuscript only lends to the authenticit. Re di eventi fondamentali come la vittoria nella battaglia di Torreòn che spiana ai ivoluzionari la strada verso Città del Messic.

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