The History of the United States and Mexico
About the Book
In the middle of the Sonoran Desert, two eagles meet face to face. One has flown from the north, the other from the south. After a long journey, they confront each other in a vast territory that unites two great countries that, like the eagles, are not as different as they seem. Two hundred years after the beginning of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States, Ricardo Sheffield takes a look at the shared history of both nations. He considers questions such as: • What was life like for the Native Americans? • When did some decide to follow an unknown path south, leaving others to stay behind? • What unites the lives of Mexicans with those living in the United States of America? • What have been the moments of greatest tension between the two countries? With a distinctive voice full of irony, humor, and popular sayings, the author traces the history of these two great powers—from their common beginnings with the Clovis culture hunting mammoths to the civil wars of both countries, the promulgation of their respective constitutions, and their struggles to abolish slavery.
About the Author
A Mexican politician and lawyer with a PhD in Law from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico and a Master's Degree in Law from Harvard University, Ricardo Sheffield is a Mexican national, born in Los Angeles, California, and educated in both countries. With a Mexican mother and an American father, he has been bilingual and bicultural since his early childhood. He has served in Mexico as a federal congressman on two occasions, local congressman in the State of Guanajuato, Mayor of the city of Leon, Federal Undersecretary of Land, and Federal Attorney General for Consumer Protection. During his youth he was a television and radio host and commentator, theater actor, magician, and scriptwriter, among other cultural and artistic activities that led him to develop his talent for writing. He is a restless traveler and cultural seeker who in the last 40 years has been to all corners of Mexico and the United States, trips that have augmented what he himself describes as his "vice for reading history books about both countries. His first book “Del desamor al amor,” was published in 2021 only in Spanish, and was one of the best-selling books in Mexico that year.