“The Aztec tradition of human sacrifice: Did it play any role in the war?” “Mexico’s grandiose territorial claims.” “The ‘slave theory’ explanation of the war: how valid?”

So reads, in part, the dust cover of this history of the Mexican War. While authors are not normally responsible for such material, the gushy naiveté of the cover accurately reflects the silliness within. The author is disturbed by American critics of their country and its history, especially with reference to the Mexican War. He has, therefore, provided us with this polemical defense of the United States’ role in that war. Although adorned with footnotes (to well-known printed sources) and a bibliography (likewise), this is not a scholarly work, and would only misinform the uninformed.