Part of a series designed to view United States foreign policy through the eyes of the nations affected by that policy, this brief volume emphasizes how various events appeared to Mexicans. The authors, both affiliated with one of that nation’s most prestigious scholarly centers, provide an effective overview of the interaction between the two nations since Mexican independence, indicating the Mexican reaction to and interpretation of the principal incidents, while capturing the intensity of Mexican feelings.

Reflecting the Mexican perspective, the work is highly critical of the impact of the United States on Mexico. Naturally, the war between the two nations during the nineteenth century was a key factor in shaping attitudes on both sides of the border. The authors effectively show the continuing importance of this event, demonstrating the impact of the Mexican historical consciousness on later events throughout the twentieth century to the present. Citizens of the United States not familiar with the war’s impact on Mexico will find this discussion highly useful. The authors focus on Mexican efforts to achieve economic development, and the degree to which the United States has been both a help and a hindrance in this quest. Approaching the topic within a dependency perspective, the authors demonstrate that even United States efforts to assist Mexican development can have unfortunate consequences.

Inevitably, there are some differences in approach in any multi-authored volume. The portion dealing with the era since 1910 presents an effective account of the interaction between the two nations. It succeeds in demonstrating the main trends within Mexico and placing the effects of United States actions within the Mexican context. Readers unfamiliar with the thrust of Mexican development can draw a general outline from this section, and even specialists will find the overview of interest. The initial section dealing with the nineteenth century offers a far more strident indictment of Yankee actions, placing things more rigidly in dependency terms, and providing less context regarding Mexican development. This portion will be most useful if read with a companion work providing more extensive coverage of Mexican internal developments, or perhaps one providing an equally strident pro-U.S. interpretation. Specialists in Mexican history will find the absence of footnotes troubling. The bibliography is intended only as a suggested reading list, perhaps reflecting the series design.

Overall, this slender volume ably presents a Mexican viewpoint which will be useful as supplemental classroom reading when combined with other scholarly works, and could well be an eyeopener for those unfamiliar with the Mexican outlook.