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From the ancient geological rumblings that formed the city's unique setting to the recent tremors that devastated the city in 1985, the capital's complex story unfolds. The countless individuals, both famous and unknown, who shaped Mexico' history come alive . . . they prosper, decline, and rise again before being extinguished by political and social upheavals beyond their From the ancient geological rumblings that formed the city's unique setting to the recent tremors that devastated the city in 1985, the capital's complex story unfolds. The countless individuals, both famous and unknown, who shaped Mexico' history come alive . . . they prosper, decline, and rise again before being extinguished by political and social upheavals beyond their control.


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From the ancient geological rumblings that formed the city's unique setting to the recent tremors that devastated the city in 1985, the capital's complex story unfolds. The countless individuals, both famous and unknown, who shaped Mexico' history come alive . . . they prosper, decline, and rise again before being extinguished by political and social upheavals beyond their From the ancient geological rumblings that formed the city's unique setting to the recent tremors that devastated the city in 1985, the capital's complex story unfolds. The countless individuals, both famous and unknown, who shaped Mexico' history come alive . . . they prosper, decline, and rise again before being extinguished by political and social upheavals beyond their control.

30 review for La Capital: The Biography of Mexico City

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Larson

    This book fundamentally changed how I see Mexico and Mexicans - it's one of the best history books I've ever read. La Capital lays out the epic saga of Mexico City that stretches across a millennia from the pre-Aztec civilizations vying for control of the valley to the modern megalopolis that dominates the country's landscape. Throughout, we learn just how unlikely that history actually is, from the underdog story of the Aztecs to the totally insane gambits of Cortes to the bizarre reign of Maxi This book fundamentally changed how I see Mexico and Mexicans - it's one of the best history books I've ever read. La Capital lays out the epic saga of Mexico City that stretches across a millennia from the pre-Aztec civilizations vying for control of the valley to the modern megalopolis that dominates the country's landscape. Throughout, we learn just how unlikely that history actually is, from the underdog story of the Aztecs to the totally insane gambits of Cortes to the bizarre reign of Maximilian and the endless civil wars. I wish Kandall would write a biography of every city - his pitch-perfect combination of historical detail and vibrant narration made this book fly by.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joan Welsh

    Combined with a trip to Mexico City, La Capital was the most enthralling book I've read in years. Unfortunately, it has not been reprinted but I found it in my city library. Our sister country to the south is introduced to us by a noted author and journalist who grew up in its suburbs. The book reads like a mystery presenting a most frightening and exciting record of human endeavor. Did you know: Just over our border to the south, the Indian state fed a million of people with their own method of Combined with a trip to Mexico City, La Capital was the most enthralling book I've read in years. Unfortunately, it has not been reprinted but I found it in my city library. Our sister country to the south is introduced to us by a noted author and journalist who grew up in its suburbs. The book reads like a mystery presenting a most frightening and exciting record of human endeavor. Did you know: Just over our border to the south, the Indian state fed a million of people with their own method of watering the plants with island plots built into the three shallow lakes that originally covered what we now call a valley. They had methods to protect their water supply; their infrastructure worked. Two aqueducts provided fresh water, to neighborhoods and to the homes of the ruling class. Boy, what a 1% they had. Methods for keeping the commoners and other tribal factions controlled are diabolical and effective. Even the blood and gore was carried out on an extravagant scale. The next part of the book describes the Mexican capitol when it was the richest city in the world, its lakes drained by the Spaniards. It was a time When 7 sailing ships left Acupulco for Manila every year to bring back the high end products of the East. Many more trading vessels left Veracruz for Europe for proper clothes, jewelry, etc. for the 1%. Again the 1%, now Spanish, lived large and the rest worked and died. Finally our author describes the incredibly complicated Revolutionary impetus that brought Mexico City into the twentieth century. I had to read this part in small doses as the book describes the assassinations, constant double cross and vengeance that ensued. The notes and sources give credibility to an almost unbelievable rendition. Take a look at the bibliography from pages 577 to 595 sourcing Incredibly complicated story lines not just hinted at but carefully explained.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo

    Un orgullo que esta majestuosa ciudad pueda despertar el profundo interés de un extranjero para poder presentarnos una completísima biografía de la misma. Un lamento que sea un extranjero el que se haya avocado a escribir este magnífico trabajo. Desde los orígenes lacustres, la llegada de los aztecas, su imperio, hasta curiosas e interesantes anécdotas de sus habitantes en la colonia, reforma, revolución (no olviden subrayar el pasaje de los zapatistas balaceando un carro de bomberos en el zócal Un orgullo que esta majestuosa ciudad pueda despertar el profundo interés de un extranjero para poder presentarnos una completísima biografía de la misma. Un lamento que sea un extranjero el que se haya avocado a escribir este magnífico trabajo. Desde los orígenes lacustres, la llegada de los aztecas, su imperio, hasta curiosas e interesantes anécdotas de sus habitantes en la colonia, reforma, revolución (no olviden subrayar el pasaje de los zapatistas balaceando un carro de bomberos en el zócalo). Un excelente regalo para cualquiera que ame a esta ciudad, a pesar de sus pesares.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Derrick Smith

    Hard Read. BUT, the history of Mexico City is amazing. For example, did you know the Aztecs practiced cannibalism as their primary protein supply, or that they sacrificed humans by the thousands. Or how about that Mexican silver coins were once so prevalent that they become a standard currency throughout the world, even in China. I picked this up after spending a week in Mexico City and finally got around to reading it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gerardo Martinez-Casas

    Written in the tradition of Hawaii by J.Mitchener, J.Kandell makes a profound and accurate depiction of one of the biggest and most intriguing places in the world, Mexico City. I do hope he picks up where he ended it and takes us to ignore Covid-19 in 2020... Great read. Interesting, educative, fascinating account...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    So far this has been facinating. I'm wishing I'd started it a little earlier so I could be a more knowledgeable guide for all the guests we've had. Nov. '08 Finished this last month, on our flight to India actually. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written, so that it held my interest, just detailed enough for a survey. I thought the first few chapters the most interesting, though the revolution piece was also facinating. I found the author a bit sentimental when writing about ev So far this has been facinating. I'm wishing I'd started it a little earlier so I could be a more knowledgeable guide for all the guests we've had. Nov. '08 Finished this last month, on our flight to India actually. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written, so that it held my interest, just detailed enough for a survey. I thought the first few chapters the most interesting, though the revolution piece was also facinating. I found the author a bit sentimental when writing about events that occured in his own lifetime. And it could stand a more recently written epiloge, since I think things have changed for the better in Mexico City since it was written. Overall, a great intro to Mexican History.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carroll

    It's a hefty tome, but worth reading if you're at all interested in Mexico and its history. A fast tour of the city from prehistory to about 1980, and along the way you'll meet brilliant and bloodthirsty Aztecs, hideous conquistadors, revolutionaries, literary bright lights, mistresses of presidents and a lot more. I'll never think of painter Diego Rivera quite the same way again after reading his (surely invented)accounts of cannibalism and its salutory effect on his art!) For a look at current It's a hefty tome, but worth reading if you're at all interested in Mexico and its history. A fast tour of the city from prehistory to about 1980, and along the way you'll meet brilliant and bloodthirsty Aztecs, hideous conquistadors, revolutionaries, literary bright lights, mistresses of presidents and a lot more. I'll never think of painter Diego Rivera quite the same way again after reading his (surely invented)accounts of cannibalism and its salutory effect on his art!) For a look at current day Mexico City, there's First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century Also terrific.

  8. 4 out of 5

    graycloud rios

    i found this book fascinating. the history of mexico city is a long and splendid one and it is great to see it finally come together in a single volume. the detail from pre-columbian times is a pleasure to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Arielle

    Solid historical review/overview so far. WIsh there were about a hundred more photos/illustration/visual reference to go along with the handful in the middle.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Esteban Martos

    Vale mucho la pena,.la historia de la Ciudad de México desde su formación geológica hasta los tiempos modernos

  11. 4 out of 5

    Edmund Oshea

    This is an excellent history of Mexico.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chad

  13. 5 out of 5

    James

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    Daveen Kaplan

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    Deanna Oswald

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    Todd Wyant

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara Malacara

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cristobal

  21. 4 out of 5

    Denise

  22. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

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    Alfonso Gomez

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gregorio

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Caudill

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dillon

  27. 5 out of 5

    Renee Scherlen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason Frost

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    Gene

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    Carlos

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