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The Mentor and the Protege Ralph M. Goldman

The Mentor and the Protege

Ralph M. Goldman

Published July 28th 2003
ISBN : 9781401094911
Hardcover
216 pages
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In a large and dramatic way, the Mexican Revolution brought two men to the presidency of that nation: Plutarco Calles and L?zaro C?rdenas. Both were idealists. Both made profound, occasionally bloody, contributions to the stability of a war-wearyMoreIn a large and dramatic way, the Mexican Revolution brought two men to the presidency of that nation: Plutarco Calles and L?zaro C?rdenas. Both were idealists. Both made profound, occasionally bloody, contributions to the stability of a war-weary nation. This is the story, told as a novel, that traces the long friendship between the two revolutionary giants, beginning with their respective childhoods-a generation apart and rarely examined. Calles, the older of the two, grew up as the bastard child of a produce venders daughter and a non-Catholic father. The rigid religious demands of both families shaped his hostile attitude toward the Mexican Church. C?rdenas, with an Indian heritage, grew up obsessed with a mission to better the lives of Mexicos Indians, an exploited underclass. The story goes on to tell of their battles and victories as revolutionary generals. A major achievement of the Calles-C?rdenas collaboration was the political stability it brought to Mexico. What began in an environment of violence and shifting alliances ended in the nonviolent transfer of presidential power. Over the course of these two mens lives, and greatly due to their efforts, political parties became the nonviolent alternative to civil war, even as their changing political goals eroded their friendship. The consequences had elements of a Greek tragedy.