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the business go, the dictionary has little to offer, but if he wants
to know what the farmer and the cowboy (educated ones at that)
think of the business, he will receive both instruction and
The University of Oklahoma Press has announced that it is
preparing a second and revised edition of the Petroleum
Iturbide of Mexico. By William Spence Robertson. Durham
(Duke University Press), 1952. Pp. ix + 361. $6.oo.
More than three decades of research and productivity in the
field of Hispanic-American history provided the basis for William
Spence Robertson's biography of the Mexican liberator, Agustin
de Iturbide. Dr. Robertson, professor emeritus at the University
of Illinois, is probably the foremost Anglo-American authority
on the independence of Hispanic-America. In that field he has
written: France and Latin-American Independence, Rise of the
Spanish-American Republics as Told in the Lives of Their Lib-
erators, The Life of Miranda (two volumes), as well as numerous
articles for the Hispanic-American Historical Review and other
Few Anglo-Americans have ever noticed the name of Agustin
de Iturbide in their reading, yet most school children of the
United States are familiar with the name and accomplishments of
Sim6n Bolivar, the liberator of the northwestern South America.
Iturbide deserves at least an equal place in the history of the
Americas, for without bloodshed he brought about the liberation
of a larger area than that freed by Bolivar. One-third of the
present United States, Mexico, and all of Central America, except
Panama, secured their independence from Spain under the lead-
ership of Iturbide, and for two years those territories were organ-
ized as the Mexican Empire under Iturbide, who was crowned
Agustin I.
Iturbide of Mexico is a thorough interpretative study of the
Mexican liberator-his virtues and vices, his victories and defeats,
his accomplishments and errors, and his strength and weaknesses.
It is the first comprehensive biography of Iturbide in the English


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