This is a book about agricultural development, the green revolution and its aftermath, and the role of agronomists in the history of Mexico’s rural development. Finding some-thing new to say on a topic that has received so much scholarly attention over the years is a significant achievement. Some 25 years ago, I faced the same challenge in writing my dissertation and subsequent book on Mexican land reform. Cotter’s book, also based on his dissertation, stems from a deep appreciation of Mexico and an interest in economic development and the role of technological change in the development of Mexican agriculture. The central theme is how Mexico’s extensive land reform, agricultural development policies, and the green revolution shaped the profession of agronomy from the pre-revolutionary period through 2002. The author makes extensive use of both primary and secondary resources, including the Mexican agricultural journal Agicultura, expressing the views of agronomists on...

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