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What did you like best about Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata? What did you like least?
This is a fine introduction for someone who doesn't know much about either figure, about what you'd expect from a 100-page overview of two complex figures in an even more complex time.
Would you be willing to try another one of Dan Gallagher’s performances?
No. Although Gallagher's reading is clear and steady, his pronunciation is horrible, bordering on offensive. His reading of the Spanish is so bad that at points I found myself not understanding a word even though I already knew what it should be (because I know the history). Really, how hard can it be to find someone who can pronounce Spanish correctly?! Also, there are several English words - "iconography," to offer just one example - that Gallagher mis-pronounces in a way that made me wonder at first whether this was a live voice or an automated reading (like Siri). Worst of all, however, is Gallagher's portrayal of the voices of Villa and Zapata (i.e. when he is reading them in their own words). There he feels the need to adopt a guttural "Mexican" accent that is so bad it reminds me of a 1960s cinematic portrayal of a Mexican (or Chinese) figure by a racist white guy: an exaggerated caricature full of stereotypes. (Remember the Chinese landlord in Breakfast at Tiffany's? Yeah, almost like that.)