Eileen Welsome, who received the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for her series of articles on 18 hospital patients who without their knowledge had been injected with radioactive plutonium, brings a journalist’s eye to one of the most famous events in borderlands history and U.S.-Mexican relations: the raid by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa on Colum-bus, New Mexico, in March 1916. Welsome divides her work into three major sections: “The Attack,” “The Hunt,” and “Revenge and Revival.” The author uses the first seven chapters to provide the background leading up to March 1916, including a chapter on the first U.S. intervention in revolutionary Mexico at Veracruz in 1914. Villa was a prominent military figure from 1911 to 1915 and displayed a pro-U.S. attitude. In 1915 Villa suffered a series of military defeats at the hands of rival revolutionary general Alvaro Obregón, culminating in the decisive...

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