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The Irish Soldiers of Mexico sold out four editions in English and two editions in Spanish from 1997 to 2001. It has been the basis of an MGM feature film and two documentaries; it has also been used in many history classes both in the United States and abroad. Includes new historical material such as the location of what purported to be a death certificate for John RileyThe Irish Soldiers of Mexico sold out four editions in English and two editions in Spanish from 1997 to 2001. It has been the basis of an MGM feature film and two documentaries; it has also been used in many history classes both in the United States and abroad. Includes new historical material such as the location of what purported to be a death certificate for John Riley located in a church in Veracruz. The edition includes updated "After the War" and "Commemorations" sections. Many positive changes in public perception of the San Patricios have taken place since the first publication of this book in 1997. In addition, there have been a number of new vehicles for dissemination of the history, not the least of which was the production of "One Man's Hero," starring Tom Berenger, three novels on the San Patricios, a new sculpture in Mexico City of John Riley donated by the people of Ireland, and the Chieftains new CD with songs commemorating the Irish battalion....

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ISBN : 9789687846002
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Number of Pages : 465 Pages
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The Irish Soldiers Of Mexico Reviews

  • Isabella A
    2019-03-18 06:14

    As a Mexican student studying Mexican History, it is sometimes hard to find any books regarding the Irish soldiers who fought for Mexico. This is probably due to the fact that most historians and teachers focus on either the Mexicans or the Americans when studying the Mexican-American war. Nonetheless, thanks to “The Irish Soldiers of Mexico,” students all over the the world are able to read about some characters who were respected by the Mexicans but hated and ultimately hanged by the Americans. Reading this book was a great experience for it enhanced my understanding of Mexican history and Mexican-American relationships. Additionally, the book helped me understand Mexican History class at a deeper level. This multi-layered Irish/Mexican/US history by Dr. Michael Hogan, is very detailed and well-written. It gives a lot of background information regarding why the Irish Soldiers fought for Mexico. It also gives clear information on why the United States decided to invade Mexico. Although the book does have a complex language, I would recommend it to anyone interested in reading a hidden part of history. Particularly students studying either Mexican or American history, because it tells the story of unrecognized soldiers during a war that created a lot of controversy. Therefore, the book tells the truth even when it may be upsetting to some.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-23 10:13

    What stories are forgotten by the victors! Here find the tale of two hundred Irish immigrants to the United States, who shortly after participating in the invasion of Mexico, decided to defend it instead. They fought valiantly in five battles, flying the green flag of St. Patrick, and their survivors continued to serve Mexico even after the war as a check against brigandry. To the United States, they are an embarrassment best forgotten, a blotch on the United States' first military adventure outside of strict self-defense. To Mexico, they are red-headed heroes: they are the San Patricos. The Irish Soldiers of Mexico makes the best of scarce resources and supplies generous background information to give the fighting Irish their deserved laurels.Hogan grounds the decision of the Irish to bolt in both race and religion. Prior to the waves of European immigration in the late 19th century, the early Republic shared England's pride in its Anglo-Saxon heritage, complete with varying degrees of disdain or contempt for non-Saxons. Prejudice against the Irish was as pronounced as it might be against blacks or Native Americans, at least until so many Irish came over that they begin blending in. The early Republic was also expressedly Protestant in its religion, viewing the Catholic church as Old World and un-American as it was possible to be. Even Maryland, established as a Catholic sanctuary and home to the largest landowner of the founders, Charles Carroll, was quickly taken over by Protestantism. The abuse incurred by the Irish for both their Celtic blood and their Catholic region kept a barrier up between them and the affection they might have had for their adopted country, and made them sympathetic to the plight of Mexico -- what was Ireland, but a poor nation of Catholics, dominated by Anglo-Saxon Protestants who regarded its inhabitants as fit only for serfs? The abhorrent behavior exhibited by the invading US Army -- the same abhorrent behavior exhibited by virtually every invading army anywhere, in which men are replaced by uniformed chimpanzees bent on looting, raping, and burning -- coupled with the seemingly deliberate attack on Mexican churches forced the Irish to make a decision. Who would they keep faith with? Their paymasters, or the people of Mexico, whose plight was so much like the Irish?Although this book concerns a military battalion, it is not principally military history; what we know based on terse US records and Mexican records (reduced by fire, unfortunately) is that the San Patricios were particularly noted for their work on the cannons. In one battle, after Mexican troops had exhausted their ammunition, the Irish fought to the last, recovering their compadres' retreat. Those San Patricios who were captured were put to death in a gruesome manner -- not shot as soldiers, but incompetently hung after standing at attention for four hours, or beaten with the lash in excess of the Articles of War. Half the book's volume is given over to notes, and much of its content proper explores the racial and religion aspects of the Irish stand. While this information is slight, this is an often-overlooked chapter in the Mexican war, one that Irish Americans in particular should note with interest.As a side note, I discovered this episode through a song by David Rovics:And it was there in the pueblos and the hillsidesThat I saw the mistake I had madePart of a conquering army, with the morals of a bayonet brigadeAnd amidst all these poor dying Catholics --Screaming children, the burning stench of it all --Myself and two hundred Irishmen decided to rise to the callFrom Dublin City to San Diego, we witnessed freedom deniedSo we formed the St. Patrick Battalion and we fought on the Mexican side.("The St. Patrick's Battalion", David Rovics)

  • LunaWave
    2019-02-27 11:22

    Fascinating story of the Mexican-American War and the mind-set of America mid-1800s. Manifest Destiny at its best, anti-Irish sentiment abounds and anti-catholicism is in high gear. All which leads many Irish immigrants to dessert from the US Army to become the San Patricios, who fought valiantly for their religion and adopted country, Mexico, which welcomed them with open arms and religious empathy. Politics have not changed much in the more than 100+ years since this war- favoritism and the ever present "good-ol' boys" network as well as collusion on overt omission of war crimes against prisoners of war of Irish descent. With delayed hangings, branding, racism, cultural intolerance and the essential rape of the country of Mexico, the book best describes the mentality and actions of American soldiers, the climate of the United States at that time and the essence of manifest destiny. Every year, Mexico celebrates the dedication and spirit of these Irish soldiers as they fought to preserve the religious and cultural freedom of the Mexican peoples. This is not a book for casual read, it is much more of an educational/informative book dedicated to truth in history. Because this story is certainly NOT what you have learned in any history class.

  • Drtaxsacto
    2019-03-01 11:17

    I got interested in the San Patricio Battalion quite by accident - in part because of an Irish friend in Mexico. Hogan's book adds a lot to the story of these soldiers. It adds a lot of detail to the story including some speculation on what ultimately came of John Riley - which some other books don't seem to get.The downside of the book comes from two sources. First, there is some interpretation that Hogan makes about some of the facts - which I would disagree with. That is natural - history requires interpretation and mine is a bit different than his. His factual content, none-the-less - is deep and careful. The second problem with the book is there is some redundancy. In an effort to provide a complete record - which future writers can follow for original sources (the mark of a good historian) he begins to repeat himself in a couple of instances.So why with those two flaws would I give the book a "5" because even with those flaws it is well worth the time. If you have any interest in the era, or in US Mexican relations, or in some of the major characters of the time - this book should be a must read.

  • Marian
    2019-02-28 11:23

    The US invasion of Mexico in 1846-47 receives little mention in US histories. when it is mentioned, it is usually as the place where the more famous officers of the Civil War received their combat training. It is not an episode which shows the US in the role of "Spreader of Democracies & freedom throughout the world" which we try to project. It did, however expand the territory of the US - Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California all were absorbed into the US under the banner of "Manifest Destiny", the theory that only Anglo-Saxon Protestants were fit to rule the new world. Mexico lost more than two fifths of its territory. The San Patricio Brigade was composed of men - mostly Catholic & mostly Irish & German who switched sides & fought with Mexico against the US invasion. History has shoved the story aside -- a dirty little incident in a dirty little war-- but Michael Hogan's book gives an objective look to the history of that troubled time.

  • Teresa Carbajal Ravet
    2019-03-09 09:14

    A Historical Review | The Irish Soldiers of Mexico by Michael HoganWhy is it that history becomes all that more interesting and fascinating only after the conclusion of our formal schooling years? It is no doubt that History class torments young students and puts others to sleep. Is it because history textbooks are “predominantly histories written by the winners” and therefore this one-sided perspective does not lend itself to wonder and academic discussion? How about historical fiction? Yet another perspective that allows both the author and reader to contemplate astutely and ingeniously about the “true” account of the past. So it is because of this marvel that The Irish Soldiers of Mexico by Michael Hogan should be on every reading list from secondary education to graduate studies.Continue reading at

  • Jorge Flores Kelly
    2019-03-09 14:06

    As a not fully understood part of history that links Mexico, US, catholic religion, and Ireland, this book is an eye opener. A total different point of view regarding the US invasion of Mexico and the motivations behind the San Patricio´s battalion. It is an authentic myth killer both sides of the border. San Patricio´s are not traitors but heroes faithful of the catholic religion, neither did Mexico sell Texas because of "bad government", nor the US intervention was popular at the time in Washington. The heart and fight of San Patricio´s had an impact beyond generally thought and brought Mexico with a very different migration that has made a difference over time.

  • Mikel Miller
    2019-03-10 12:14

    From my Amazon review: I just finished re-reading this great work of history by Dr. Michael Hogan. It provides detailed information and perspective about why the U.S. invaded Mexico and declared war against its western/southern neighbor in 1846, something sadly lacking from many American history classes. The book is based on nearly six years of the author's research, some of it searching for and reading official documents in the archives of both countries. If you want to understand the mindset of "Manifest Destiny" that fueled American public policy and bigotry (and still does), you should consider reading this book. Truly a great read.

  • Sherman
    2019-03-22 07:19

    Very informative. Helps explain the how and why's of the irish that fought for Mexico in the Mexican-American war

  • Cario Lam
    2019-03-05 11:03

    I thoroughly enjoyed this telling account of a very unmentioned and probably least understood episode in United States history. The Mexican-American War had two distinctions, it expanded the United States territory greater than all other wars combined and it had the most desertions by troops numbering at over 9000. What is totally left out of the US history books is of a number of Irish troops from the US Army joining Mexico to form the St. Patricks Battalion or San Patricios as they were known in Mexico. One motiviation for this act was to stand against the religious persecution of Catholics in the United States at the time. A public example being Catholic school children force fed the King James version of the Bible. In the military, Irish troops would be forced to attend Protestant services or be reprimanded. Prior to 1850, there were no Catholic chaplains in the US military so in the event that a Catholic troop was mortally wounded, there would not be a priest available to administer the last rights. I found this very ironic since freedom of religion was a founding principle of the US republic. Contrary to all the accounts of this war I read in the US history books when in school, the blame was laid at Mexico's doorstep that the war started in the first place.

  • Michael Hogan
    2019-02-26 08:19