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Publisher's Summary

The Irish Soldiers of Mexico tells the story of the Irish immigrants who joined the Mexican Army in the War of 1846-48 and were later hanged by the U.S. Army. The University Press original sold out four editions in English and two editions in Spanish from 1997 to 2001. It was the basis for an MGM feature film and two documentaries; it has also been used in many history classes both in the United States and abroad.
This updated edition includes new historical material, such as the location of what purported to be a death certificate for John Riley located in a church in Veracruz. The edition includes updated "After the War" and "Commemorations" sections. Many positive changes in public perception of the San Patricios have taken place since the first publication of this book in 1997. In addition, there have been a number of new vehicles for dissemination of the history, not the least of which was the production of One Man's Hero starring Tom Berenger, three novels on the San Patricios, a new sculpture in Mexico City of John Riley donated by the people of Ireland, and the Chieftains new CD with songs commemorating the Irish battalion.
©1997 Michael Hogan (P)2015 Michael Hogan
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By Elizabeth Escamilla on 12-19-15

OMG!!! A MUST READ!!! I can't stop listening!!

So much information tgat I didn't know snd I grew up in Mexico, I went to school there and I didn't know about the" San Patricios". It is part of history we need to know, I am a College here in my Country and I make sure that I spread what I've learned. I love Audible because I can take my history and political books wherever I go!!! This is a must read book. I highly recommend it!

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By Steve Adams on 04-22-17

Compelling overlooked chapter in American, Mexican, and Irish history.

The war between Mexico and the USA really does not get enough coverage in American history classes. The Irish battalion that for that other side of Mexico is an example of the charge times of the 1840s, when Irish immigrants were treated very poorly in the United States. The Irish immigrants were held in absolute contempt-a little thing that gets overlooked sometimes. And these politically charged times, I think a lot of people in United States would do well to read this particular book.

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By Hector on 07-30-16

didn't know

it was enlightening. I'm sorry to say I didn't know a lot of my own history. An this book gives me a glimpse of the complexity of my history.

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