The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 94, July 1990 - April, 1991

Book Reviews
NORMAN D. BROWN, Edztor
The Vzew from Chapultepec: Mexzcan Wrters on the Mexzcan-Amerzcan War.
Translated and edited by Cecil Robinson. (Tucson: University of
Arizona Press, 1989. Pp. lvi+223. Preface, acknowledgments, in-
troduction, notes, bibliography, index. $35.)
So Far From God: The U.S. War With Mexico, 1846-1848. By John S. D.
Eisenhower. (New York: Random House, 1989. Pp. xxvi+436.
Introduction, prelude, maps, illustrations, epilogue, appendices,
notes, bibliography, acknowledgments, index. $24.)
Shamrock and Sword: The Saint Patrick's Battalion in the U.S.-Mexican War.
By Robert Ryal Miller. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press,
1989. Pp. xv+232. Preface, maps, illustrations, appendix, notes,
bibliography, index. $24.95.)
Cecil Robinson notes in The View from Chapultepec that although the
Mexican War came to represent a "national trauma" (p. ix) for Mexi-
cans, it has receded so far in the American memory that "the American
man or woman in the street would be hard put to give the approximate
dates of the war or to name the major events or personalities connected
with it" (p. x). While it would be naive to expect that the three volumes
under review here will ever reach the American on the street, they do
take a giant step toward rectifying ignorance about the war by Amer-
ica's reading public, and two of them have a lot to offer to professional
historians.
Robinson's View from Chapultepec, much like Gene M. Brack's Mexico
Views Manifest Destiny (1975), takes as its mission the need to provide
English-language readers with a Mexican perspective on the conflict.
The difference is that Robinson's approach is historiographic and com-
prehensive, while Brack's was documentary and focused. Robinson
seeks to explore how Mexican writers over time have interpreted the
war's causation, execution, and consequences, in contrast to Brack's
preoccupation with the war's origins. Robinson translates into English
selections from the writings of twelve Mexican commentators, ranging
from wartime observers such as Mariano Otero (minister of external

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