General and the Jaguar Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution and Revenge

ISBN-10: 0803222246

ISBN-13: 9780803222243

Edition: 2007

Authors: Eileen Welsome
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Description: On the cold, dark night of March 9, 1916, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa--"el jaguar"--and his band of marauders crossed the border and raided the tiny town of Columbus, New Mexico. It was a vicious surprise attack, ending with corpses piled in the streets and psychological wounds that would last a lifetime. Suspects were rounded up, trials were held, and a virulent backlash against persons of Mexican origin erupted. General John "Black Jack" Pershing was told to assemble a small army, head into Mexico, and get Villa, dead or alive. The last hurrah for the U.S. cavalry, the "Punitive Expedition" marked America's first use of armored tanks, airplanes, and trucks against an enemy. One of the deputies Pershing would choose was a recent West Point graduate named George Patton. The expedition brought the United States and Mexico to the brink of war, but it also restored greatness to both prey and predator. More than a classic account of the war for control of the West, "The General and the Jaguar" is a brilliant chronicle of obsession and revenge and a dual portrait of John Pershing and Pancho Villa, two of the greatest military minds of all time.

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Eileen Welsome won the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award, the Selden Ring Award, & a dozen other major journalism awards in 1994 for breaking the story of America's secret medical experiments in the Cold War in "The Plutonium Files." A former John S. Knight Fellow, she lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Prologue
The Attack
A Microbe Challenges an Elephant
A Diverting Brute
Veracruz
Downhill
Tell President Wilson to Save You
Only One Chance to Die
Rumors, Warnings, and Telegrams
Villa Is Coming Tonight, for Sure
The Fiddler Plays
Very Unnatural Deaths
The Hunt
To the End of the Furrow
Sunburn, Frostbite, and Blisters
Pershing's Indigestion
No One to Seek For
Revenge and Revival
Gasoline Baths and Confessions
Jerked to Jesus
A Ripe Pear
A Terrible Blunder
Whore Dust and a Rabid Dog
An Old Colonel
A Reborn Town
Victims or Bandits?
Death Comes for the Horsemen
Acknowledgments
Casualties of the Columbus Raid
Chronology
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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