5.0 out of 5 stars ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND MEXICO: A History of Courage, Intrigue, and Unlikely Friendships
Amazon review, August 18, 2016, by Philip Stover, former Deputy Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District, and author of Religion and Revolution in Mexico’s North. Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase.
“Writing accurate history is a science; writing it well is an art. Michael Hogan has once again demonstrated that he writes with the methodology of the former and the palette of the latter. Abraham Lincoln and Mexico brings to light that which for too long has hidden in the shadows, the fact of the interest, integrity, and involvement of our sixteenth President in the struggles and victories of our southern neighbor, be they internal or external with the United States and France. Through the extensive use of primary documents Hogan reveals the insight and intelligence with which Lincoln and his closest associates approached Mexico. He brings to light little known roles played by actors such as Matias Romero, Charge d’Affaires of Juárez to Washington DC, Philip Sheridan, Lew Wallace, and Ulysses Grant of Civil War fame. He also highlights the engagement of the unknown buffalo soldier who fought with and for the republican army of Mexico against the imperial armies of France, Austria and Belgium as they sought to impose their will on Mexico.
Hogan reveals to the reader the truth and lies bound up within the justification of the leaders of the United States as they made consistent and systemic decisions leading to war with the purpose of economic, political, and patriotic gains from “sea to shining sea.” Then with a deft pen he equally tells the story of the support of the same leaders for the survival of republican Mexico less than twenty years later. It is a story full of complicated motivations and characters. It is a tale well told.”