OUBLEMAKER: The Life and History of A.J.P. Taylor
By Kathleen Burk. Yale Univ. Press.491 pp. $35
TRUE TALES FROM
The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings,
Chalino, and the Bronx.
By Sam Quinones. Univ. of New Mexico Press. 336 pp. $29.95
"Poor Mexico," lamented the dictator Porfirio Díaz, "so far from God and so close to the United States." Echoing Porfirio, most Americans writing on Mexico portray it as a pitiable place, impoverished, corrupt, and hopeless. And so this beautifully written collection of essays...