|Title||:||The Mexican War|
|Format Type||:||Unknown Binding|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Mexican War Reviews
The Time-Life series, "The Old West," considers the Mexican War in this volume. At the outset, the volume notes the lack of preparedness by the Mexican forces (Page 6): "But Mexico was ill prepared for war. Her generals fought each other for the presidency; her army bulged with untrained officers commanding underfed, underequipped Indian conscripts." The book begins with the provocative march of General Zachary Taylor's force to the Rio Grande. The book speaks of the start of hostilities; it also begins by noting the controversy surrounding the outbreak of war. Was the United States simply muscling another country to expand its territory? The book notes key American troops, from the young Ulysses ("Sam") Grant to the brilliant engineer Robert E. Lee to the two generals leading different armies (Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott). Also noted are Mexican leaders, particularly General/President Santa Anna (ironic, in that the United States helped him reenter Mexican politics, only to see him lead his country's forces against the Americans!). The book goes on to describe early battles between Taylor's forces and those of the Mexican Army, from Palo Alto to Resaca de la Palma to Buena Vista. Maps and illustrations and photos provide immediacy to the context of these early fights. There is also the tale of how the United States took control of the West, specifically California. But, central to the conclusion of the war, we also read of Winfield Scott's amphibious assault on the coast and his taking of Veracruz. After that, his force cast loose and marched to the interior, toward Mexico City. Victory after victory occurred, often against difficult conditions. Cerro Gordo, Churubusco, Chapultepec. . . . The book does not cover events in great depth, but there is enough detail to get a sense of the players and the action.