Halbert Jones in this volume offers a sophisticated analysis of all the major archives for domestic and international affairs, as well as published materials, on Mexico's participation in World War II. His explication of events is tightly held together in a dense and readable narrative that makes a solid contribution to the historiography of the war era, the political system, and the little-known and less understood president Manuel Ávila Camacho.

Certainly one of the achievements of the book is to move away from the long-standing interpretation of the 1940 presidential election and President Ávila Camacho's deft political maneuvers that perhaps should be labeled the Betty Kirk thesis, based on this journalist's 1942 account of events. Kirk's politics led her to make light of Ávila Camacho, especially in comparison to Francisco Mújica, whom she reckoned a better choice. As a contemporary, she shaped...

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