Cinco de Mayo: A novel by David Monreal.A historical and romantic novel on the Battle of Puebla of Cinco de Mayo, 1862. ISBN 0-915745-48-8$25.95 For class use $15.95
Three-time award winner writer, Monreal brings life to the passionate, heroic, and inspiring events that led to the Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May, 1862. His well researched and well written historical novel brings in all the characters who played a vital role in Cinco de Mayo. He bring us Benito Juárez and Porfirio Díaz, the Commander of the Cavalry, who was destined to become President of Mexico; and the young General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), who chose Puebla as the place to stop the French invading forces of Napoleon III, under the command of General Lorencez. Zaragoza prevailed against the better trained French military officers and battle proven French African troops. Monreal's assiduous preoccupation with historical accuracy and factual details about Zaragoza's personal and public life and military career moved him to read all that has been written in English, Spanish and French sources; led him to avidly explore Puebla-Zaragoza, the site of the Battle; to meet Zaragoza's proud descendants in search of the little known family story; and to converse with well known expert historians about what he learned. Monreal's novel is colorful, exciting and most certainly inspiring. Most highly recommended.
Cinco De Mayo: A comprehensive Illustrated History.ISBN-13: 978-1483923970. Roberto Cabello-Argandona, Edited by Yasmeen Namazie. 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
Cinco de mayo: An illustrated History.
Cabello-Argandoña, Roberto Nuestra Historia Series. 208 pgs. $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-888205-05-6 Includes illus. and biblio.
The somber reality of foreign naval invasion in Mexico by three major world powers, Spain, Britain and France constitute the prelude to the Battle of Cinco de Mayo. Spain was the first country to have the troops ready for the invasion of Mexico. General Serrano, Commanding General of Cuba, then still a Spanish possession, prepared three army divisions, who were shipped in 13 frigates and supported by 13 transport ships, all under the command of Marine Commanding General Joaquin Gutiérrez de Ruvalcaba. The Spanish troops occupied the castle of San Juan de Ultia and the Port of Veracruz on December 17, 1861. Great Britain sent a naval infantry detachment of 700 soldiers and occupied the ports of Veracruz and Tampico on January 6, 1862. On January 8, a French infantry regiment arrived comprised of nine companies, including cavalry, artillery, experienced African Zouaves, and African Escorts (Cazadores). This setting was the beginning of the conflict which led to the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo, 1862.
The author provides a most detailed account of the forces and activities of the French and Mexican sides, during the last three days before, the day of and the day after the battle itself. Examines also the inspiring history of a triumphant Chicano general, Ignacio Zaragoza, (1829-1862), born in a period of international conflicts and forced to flee from his home as a youth because of the American settler's revolt in Texas in 1836. It includes nine patriotic poems (Spanish-English parallel text) written in California between 1864 and 1865 commemorating CINCO DE MAYO and published for the first time in monographic form. Unquestionably, this is the definitive history book on The Battle of Puebla on the Cinco de Mayo, 1862.
"This is an amazingly interesting work of historical narrative on Cinco de Mayo dating from 1861, California 1864-1865, and its geopolitical ramifications; ably introduced with a compilation of illustrations from the period." Dr. Namazie