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Mexico and the United States
Stacy, Lee.
Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish, [2003]

Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm
v. 1. Acapulco, Guerrero - Film in Mexico -- v. 2. Film in the United States - Political parties -- v. 3. Politics, local - Zoot suit riots.
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E183.8.M6 M4625 2003 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E183.8.M6 M4625 2003 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E183.8.M6 M4625 2003 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Students have long needed an encyclopedia that investigates the close and complex ties between Mexico and the U.S. Mexico and the United States is a balanced and affordable work that will be welcome in most school collections. The alphabetically arranged entries are signed and include see alsoreferences. Most articles are a page long; others cover two to five pages. Each entry has an introductory paragraph in bold type that summarizes the contents. Text is enhanced by photographs (many in color), sidebars, maps, and chronologies. Each volume has a short index and bibliography for the volume. The bibliographies include Internet sites, movies, and novels as well as informational books. Volume 3 provides a general bibliography, a time line, a general index, and several subject indexes: biographical, cultural, economics and environment, geographical, historical, political, population, and society and law. Entries cover topics in history, biography, geography, culture, sociology, politics, and economics. Some focus more on Mexico, and some focus more on the U.S, but all have relevance, expressed or implied, for relations between the two nations. Examples include Agriculture, Arizona, Bilingual education, Corridos, Elections in Mexico, Elections in the United States, Mexican Revolution, NAFTA, Oil, Sonoran Desert, and Zapata, Emiliano.The color photographs evoke the richness of the Mexican culture: murals, celebrations, crafts, family life, and the historical sites from ancient times to present. There are no pronunciation guides for Mexican terms. This set will be of use to most junior-high and high-school libraries, especially for the study of Spanish, world history, American history, multicultural topics, and social justice issues. The writing is clear and understandable by the target audience of eighth through twelfth grades. Marshall Cavendish has given schools another great resource. RBB.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This encyclopedia focuses on the intertwining histories and cultures of Mexico and the U.S. It explores how the countries' "relationship has changed over the centuries," the influence of Mexican-Americans on the U.S., and how "the American experience, in turn" has changed them. The entries cover an impressively wide variety of topics, such as ethnic and religious groups in Mexico, authors from both countries whose work and life relate to Mexican culture, political events, and personalities important in the history of Mexico's relationship to the U.S. Art and artists, music and musicians, economic issues, and legal issues are also considered. Each entry ranges in length from one to five pages and begins with a summary paragraph. While there are some anomalies in the entries (e.g., the entry on Mexican Jews focuses on conversos and cites the Christian organization of Messianic Jews as a representative Jewish organization), controversial topics (NAFTA, environmental issues, nationalization, communism, human rights) are treated fairly and informatively. Color reproductions, photos, sidebars, maps, and tables supplement the narratives. In addition to a general index, a 10-page bibliography, and an extensive time line, the encyclopedia also contains some unusually helpful location aids such as a thematic outline of contents and eight specialized indexes. Most libraries will want to consider this set for purchase.-Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Amid a Mideast war and turmoil in Venezuela, one may note that in 2001 Mexico was the second largest exporter of petroleum to the US after Saudi Arabia, and that some 20 million Americans are of Mexican origin or descent. This alphabetically arranged encyclopedia presents brief articles on political, historical, social, economic, and cultural subjects affecting relations between the two countries. Articles are signed by numerous contributors, most of whom are English-language academicians; Stacy was project editor. Writing is clear and concise, much like World Book Encyclopedia; most articles feature color illustrations and cross-references, and some have maps. The set includes timely subjects like George W. Bush ("the first Spanish-speaking president"), Zapatistas, illegal labor, and NAFTA, and substantial articles on migration/immigration, population, manufacturing, trade and tourism, and natural resources (minerals, oil, water). Major Mexican political figures and many US leaders are included. The entry on food and drink clearly distinguishes between Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex, the version most familiar to North Americans. Music is handled satisfactorily, with major forms (corridos, mariachis) presented in separate articles; the general article "Music" traces the popularity of Mexican and other Latin music in the US, in particular the genre called conjunto or norteno in Mexico, "Tex-Mex" or tejano in the US. American authors John Steinbeck and Katherine Anne Porter, who wrote on Mexico and Mexicans, appear, as do singer Linda Ronstadt and actor Anthony Quinn, both born of Mexican mothers. Artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera merit separate articles; Rivera's fellow muralists Jose Clemente Orozco and David Siqueiros appear in the article "Murals and Muralists." Natural features, (deserts, rivers, mountain ranges), states and cities, Native American groups and tribes of both nations are well covered. Much of the material is available in other sources, e.g., David Dent's Encyclopedia of Modern Mexico (CH, Dec'02) and Encyclopedia of Mexico: Society and Culture, ed. by Michael S. Werner (CH, Apr'98). This work is timely, informative, useful. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public and secondary schools, undergraduate and two-year technical program collections. H. E. Whitmore emeritus, University of Maine at Augusta