Following the March 1916 raid on Columbus, New Mexico, by Francisco “Pancho” Villa and the sending of the ineffective “Punitive Expedition” into Mexico to capture or kill Villa, President Woodrow Wilson decided in June 1916 to mobilize the National Guard and send almost 150,000 men to protect the US side of the Mexican border. While the so-called Punitive Expedition has received considerable attention, the National Guard call-up has not. Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, Charles Harris and Louis R. Sadler's The Great Call-Up: The Guard, the Border, and the Mexican Revolution fills a lacuna in the historiography of the border during the Mexican Revolution. The treatment is detailed and thorough, and though the authors eschew the idea of attempting a definitive history, this book should remain the prime source on the call-up, in particular, for some time.

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