Cinco de Mayo Book Links Civil War In America To French Battles In Mexico, Debunks Myth Of Mexican Independence Day

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In the first adult book on the subject in 60 years, Cinco de Mayo sets the record straight about the historical significance of May 5, 1862, and how it influenced the outcome of the U. S. Civil War. Teachers, tourists, history buffs, students, festival goers, and Latino parents and business people will enjoy this anecdotal slice of Mexican history. Both a Spanish language edition and distribution to Mexico are planned.

... packed with fast action and vivid details ... solid research behind fascinating stories.

The first adult book on the subject in 60 years, Cinco de Mayo: What is Everybody Celebrating by Donald W. Miles is right in time for the holiday just two weeks away.

"... packed with fast action and vivid details ... solid research behind fascinating stories."
-Dr. Kurt Kent, Latin American Studies Center, University of Florida

Cinco de Mayo: What is Everybody Celebrating? (iUniverse, $20.95, History) by Donald W. Miles is for sale through the author http://www.donmiles.com and is distributed through Ingram and Baker & Taylor. ISBN: 978-0-595-39241-4

About The Book
French troops arrive in Mexico in 1861 to conquer Mexico and help the Confederacy defeat the Union in the American Civil War. The French are defeated at Puebla and retreat to Orizaba during 1862, awaiting reinforcements. They capture Puebla in 1863 and then enter Mexico City, finding the Catholic Church to be an obstacle. Unable to install their choice for Mexican Emperor without a popular vote, they gather the so-called "vote" at gunpoint.

When the American Civil War ends in 1865, Confederate soldiers and officers drift into Mexico. General Grant's Army is now free to stage maneuvers along the border, setting off panic in Mexico City and Paris. Grant's move prompts Napoleon III to cut his losses and pull his troops out. Emperor Maximilian, surrounded by Mexican forces, is captured, tried and executed. President Benito Juárez returns to the capital as Mexicans take their country back.

About The Author
Award-winning radio journalist Donald W. Miles is the author of Broadcast News Handbook and Broadcast Newswriting Stylebook. The author personally traversed many of the sites in this book with his late wife and Mexico City native, Dr. Minerva González-Angulo Miles.

Donald W. Miles is based in Austin, Texas.

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Stephanie Barko
Literary Publicist
(512) 291-=6188
steffercat @austin.rr.com

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