With journalistic sensationalism the author seeks to stimulate the Mexican mind from apathy to pride in race and nation. He chooses to instill nationalism by describing the danger that Mexico faces from her neighbor to the north. Alien in language, race, and historical tradition, the United States is condemned as the eternal enemy of Mexico and all Latin America.
The first half of the book treats of American efforts to conquer Mexico, of our promotion of revolutions in Latin America, of our illusory capacities (emphasized by references to Korea, Sputnik, and decreasing gold reserves), and a narration of a little-known Mexican attempt to reconquer the State of Texas. The author’s admitted antiYankee prejudice, the treatment of subject matter in the tradition of historical fiction, and the absence of supporting documentation, makes the proposed truth about the gringos a tenuous premise for scholars.
The remainder of the book includes undocumented examples of short-sightedness on the part of Mexican officials in national economic development, actions of adventurous and unscrupulous Yankees to the detriment of Mexico’s national interests, and the continuous efforts of the United States to effect a pacific conquest of Mexico. According to the author, the pacific conquest is conducted through the news services, the Rotary Club movement, Protestant sects and Masonic organizations, among others, all tending to undermine Mexico’s individuality and national unity.
Although the reader may question the material as being subjective, Muñoz’ intense nationalism is unequivocal.