Book Review Podcast: ‘Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States’ – NYTimes.com

In The New York Times Book Review, Julio Ortega reviews Felipe Fernández-Armesto’s “Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States.” Mr. Ortega writes:
From the brave conquistadors who dreamed of the legendary North American city of Cibola, the Fountain of Youth and the mythical kingdom of Queen Calafia, to the Texas secessionists who revolted against Mexico’s emancipation of its slaves (“the protection of slavery was among the most urgent economic reasons for rebellion,” Fernández-Armesto writes), to the Native Americans who saw the bison disappear from their prairies before being almost eliminated themselves, this story is one of random violence, intentionally inflicted pain and wanton killing (not to mention smallpox). The narrative moves easily from panoramic views and exemplary cases to interpretation and reflection.
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