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By Elizabeth Partridge. 2018
<p>America's war in Vietnam. In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American… soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad. <p>The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it's the personal stories of eight people—six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee—that create the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground. From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic helicopter rescues and harrowing escapes, each individual experience reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us of all that was happening at home during the war, including peace protests, presidential scandals, and veterans' struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam. <p>With more than one hundred photographs, award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge's unflinching book captures the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.</p>
Riveting, novelistic, and startlingly candid, John T. Halliday's combat memoir begins in 1970, when Halliday has just landed in the… middle of the Vietnam War, primed to begin his assignment with the 606th Special Operations Squadron. But there's a catch: He's stationed in a kind of no-man's-land. No one on his base flies with ID, patches, or rank. Even as Richard Nixon firmly denies reporters' charges that the United States has forces in Laos, Halliday realizes that from his base in Thailand, he will be flying top-secret, black-ops night missions over the Laotian Ho Chi Minh Trail. A naive yet thoughtful twenty-four-year-old, Halliday was utterly unprepared for the horrors of war. On his first mission, Halliday's C-123 aircraft dodges more than a thousand antiaircraft shells, and that is just the beginning. Nothing is as he expected -- not the operations, not the way his shell-shocked fellow pilots look and act, and certainly not the squadron's daredevil, seat-of-one's-pants approach to piloting. But before long, Halliday has become one of those seasoned and shell-shocked pilots, and finds himself in a desperate search for a way to elude certain death. Using frank, true-to-life dialogue, potent imagery, and classic 1970s song lyrics, Halliday deftly describes the fraught Laotian skies and re-creates his struggle to navigate the frustrating Air Force bureaucracy, the deprivations of a remote base far from home and his young wife, and his fight to preserve his sanity. The resulting nonfiction narrative vividly captures not only the intricate, distorted culture of war but also the essence of the Vietnam veteran's experience of this troubled era. A powerhouse fusion of pathos and humor, brutal realism and intimate reflection, Flying Through Midnight is a landmark contribution to war literature, revealing previously top-secret intelligence on the 606th's night missions. Fast-paced, thrilling, and bitingly intelligent, Halliday illuminates it all: the heart-pounding air battles, the close friendships, the crippling fear, and the astonishing final escape that made the telling of it possible.
By Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran, Elisabeth B. Leyson. 2010
"Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief," this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of… the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler's list, "brings to readers a story of bravery and the fight for a chance to live" (VOYA).This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler's list child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson's life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory--a list that became world renowned: Schindler's list. Told with an abundance of dignity and a remarkable lack of rancor and venom, The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you've ever read.
Discreet Power: How the World Economic Forum Shapes Market Agendas (Emerging Frontiers in the Global Economy)
By Christina Garsten, Adrienne Sörbom. 2018
In Discreet Power Christina Garsten and Adrienne S rbom undertake an ethnographic study of the World Economic Forum… WEF Accessing one of the primary agenda-setting organizations of our day they draw on interviews and participant observation to examine how the WEF wields its influence They situate the WEF within an emerging system of discretionary governance in which actors craft ideas and entice formal authorities and top leaders in order to garner significant sway Yet in spite of its image as a powerful exclusive brain trust the WEF has no formal mandate to implement its positions It must convince others to advance chosen causes and enact suggestions rendering its position quite fragile Garsten and S rbom argue that the WEF must be viewed relationally as a brokering organization that lives between the market and political spheres and that extends its reach through associated individuals and groups They place the WEF in the context of a broader shift arguing that while this type of governance opens up novel ways of dealing with urgent global problems it challenges core democratic values
By Fredrik Logevall. 2012
The struggle for Vietnam occupies a central place in the history of the twentieth century Fought over a period… of three decades the conflict drew in all the world s powers and saw two of them--first France then the United States--attempt to subdue the revolutionary Vietnamese forces For France the defeat marked the effective end of her colonial empire while for America the war left a gaping wound in the body politic that remains open to this day How did it happen Tapping into newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations and making full use of the published literature distinguished scholar Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to lose their way in Vietnam Embers of War opens in 1919 at the Versailles Peace Conference where a young Ho Chi Minh tries to deliver a petition for Vietnamese independence to President Woodrow Wilson It concludes in 1959 with a Viet Cong ambush on an outpost outside Saigon and the deaths of two American officers whose names would be the first to be carved into the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial In between come years of political military and diplomatic maneuvering and miscalculation as leaders on all sides embark on a series of stumbles that makes an eminently avoidable struggle a bloody and interminable reality Logevall takes us inside the councils of war--and gives us a seat at the conference tables where peace talks founder He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France s final years in Indochina--and shows how from an early point a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history Harry Truman s fateful decision to reverse Franklin Delano Roosevelt s policy and acknowledge France s right to return to Indochina after World War II Dwight Eisenhower s strenuous efforts to keep Paris in the fight and his escalation of U S involvement in the aftermath of the humiliating French defeat at Dien Bien Phu and the curious turnaround in Senator John F Kennedy s thinking that would lead him as president to expand that commitment despite his publicly stated misgivings about Western intervention in Southeast Asia An epic story of wasted opportunities and tragic miscalculations featuring an extraordinary cast of larger-than-life characters Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another This book will become the definitive chronicle of the struggle s origins for years to come Advance praise for Embers of War Fredrik Logevall has gleaned from American French and Vietnamese sources a splendid account of France s nine-year war in Indochina and the story of how the American statesmen of the period allowed this country to be drawn into the quagmire --Neil Sheehan author of A Bright Shining Lie winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award Fredrik Logevall is a wonderful writer and historian In his new book on the origins of the American war in Vietnam he gives a fascinating and dramatic account of the French war and its aftermath from the perspectives of the French the Vietnamese and the Americans Using previously untapped sources and a deep knowledge of diplomatic history Logevall shows to devastating effect how America found itself on the road to Vietnam --Frances FitzGerald author of Fire in the Lake winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
By Ari Shavit. 2013
P WINNER OF THE NATAN BOOK AWARD P An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of… the State of Israel by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today P Not since Thomas L Friedman s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis P Ari Shavit draws on interviews historical documents private diaries and letters as well as his own family s story illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts both personal and national both deeply human and of profound historical dimension P We meet Shavit s great-grandfather a British Zionist who in 1897 visited the Holy Land on a Thomas Cook tour and understood that it was the way of the future for his people the idealist young farmer who bought land from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s to grow the Jaffa oranges that would create Palestine s booming economy the visionary youth group leader who in the 1940s transformed Masada from the neglected ruins of an extremist sect into a powerful symbol for Zionism the Palestinian who as a young man in 1948 was driven with his family from his home during the expulsion from Lydda the immigrant orphans of Europe s Holocaust who took on menial work and focused on raising their children to become the leaders of the new state the pragmatic engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel s nuclear program in the 1960s in the only interview he ever gave the zealous religious Zionists who started the settler movement in the 1970s the dot-com entrepreneurs and young men and women behind Tel-Aviv s booming club scene and today s architects of Israel s foreign policy with Iran whose nuclear threat looms ominously over the tiny country P As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions Why did Israel come to be How did it come to be Can Israel survive Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present The result is a landmark portrait of a small vibrant country living on the edge whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today s global political landscape
In these three companion books to Patrick O'Brian's novels, and a biography of the author, Dean King proves himself an… authority on maritime writers and their work. What is a sandgrouse, and where does it live? What are the medical properties of lignum vitae, and how did Stephen Maturin use it to repair his viola? Who is Adm. Lord Keith, and why is his wife so friendly with Capt. Jack Aubrey? More than any other contemporary author, Patrick O'Brian knew the past. His twenty Aubrey-Maturin novels, beginning with Master and Commander (1969), are distinguished by deep characterization, heart-stopping naval combat, and an attention to detail that enriches and enlivens his stories. In the revised edition of A Sea of Words, Dean King and his collaborators dive into Jack Aubrey's world. In the revised edition of Harbors and High Seas, King details not just where Aubrey and Maturin went, but how they got there. Packed with maps and illustrations from the greatest age of sail, it is an incomparable reference for devotees of O'Brian's novels and anyone who has dreamed of climbing aboard a warship, as well as a captivating portrait of life on the sea during a time when nothing stood between man and ocean but grit, daring, and a few creaking planks of wood. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, the British navy was the mightiest instrument of war the world had ever known. The Royal Navy patrolled the seas from India to the Caribbean, connecting an empire with footholds in every corner of the earth. Such a massive navy required the service of more than 100,000 men--from officers to deckhands to surgeons. Their stories are collected in Every Man Will Do His Duty. The inspiration for the bestselling novels of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester, these twenty-two memoirs and diaries, edited by Dean King, provide a true portrait of life aboard British warships during one of the most significant eras of world history. Patrick O'Brian was well into his seventies when the world fell in love with his greatest creation: the maritime adventures of Royal Navy Capt. Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But despite his fame, little detail was available about the life of the reclusive author, whose mysterious past King uncovers in this groundbreaking biography. King traces O'Brian's personal history from his beginnings as a London-born Protestant named Richard Patrick Russ to his tortured relationship with his first wife and child to his emergence from World War II with the entirely new identity under which he would publish twenty volumes in the Aubrey-Maturin series. What King unearths is a life no less thrilling than the seafaring world of O'Brian's imagination. Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed is a penetrating and insightful examination of one of the modern world's most acclaimed historical novelists.
By Alexander Rose. 2006
P Basing his tale on remarkable original research historian Alexander Rose reveals the unforgettable story of the spy ring… that helped America win the Revolutionary War For the first time Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses covert operations and code breaking and unmasks the courageous flawed individuals who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors--including the spymaster at the heart of it all George Washington P b A New York Times Bestseller b
By Dean King, John B. Hattendorf. 1997
Twenty-two enthralling stories of the Royal Navy bringing to vivid life the greatest battles and daily struggles of seafaring… in the Napoleonic era At the dawn of the nineteenth century the British Navy was the mightiest instrument of war the world had ever known The Royal Navy patrolled the seas from India to the Caribbean connecting an empire with footholds in every corner of the earth Such a massive Navy required the service of more than 100 000 men--from officers to deckhands to surgeons These are their stories The inspiration for the bestselling novels by Patrick O Brien and C S Forester these memoirs and diaries edited by Dean King provide a true portrait of life aboard British warships during one of the most significant eras of world history Their tellers are officers and ordinary sailors and their subjects range from barroom brawls to the legendary heroics of Lord Horatio Nelson himself Though these iron men on wooden ships are long gone their deeds echo through the centuries
Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian
By Dean King, John B. Hattendorf. 2000
A fascinating and comprehensive collection of maps of the streets, seas, and coasts of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-MaturinseriesThe tall-masted sailing ships… of the early nineteenth century were the technological miracles of their day, allowing their crews to traverse the seas with greater speed than had ever been possible before. Novelist Patrick O'Brian captured the thrill of that era with his characters Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, who visited exotic locales in the service of the Royal Navy. From frigid Dieppe to balmy Batavia, they strolled the ports of the world as casually as most do the streets of their hometown. Packed with maps and illustrations from the greatest age of sail, this volume shows not just where Aubrey and Maturin went, but how they got there. An incomparable reference for devotees of O'Brian's novels and anyone who has dreamed of climbing aboard a warship, Harbors and High Seas is a captivating portrait of life on the sea, when nothing stood between man and ocean but grit, daring, and a few creaking planks of wood.
By Richard Snow. 2016
From acclaimed popular historian Richard Snow who writes with verve and a keen eye The New… York Times Book Review the thrilling story of the naval battle that not only changed the Civil War but the future of all sea power No single sea battle has had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbor at Hampton Roads Virginia in March 1862 The Confederacy with no fleet of its own built an iron fort containing ten heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate named the Merrimack The North got word of the project when it was already well along and in desperation commissioned an eccentric inventor named John Ericsson to build the Monitor an entirely revolutionary iron warship--at the time the single most complicated machine ever made Abraham Lincoln himself was closely involved with the ship s design Rushed through to completion in just 100 days it mounted only two guns but they were housed in a shot-proof revolving turret The ship hurried south from Brooklyn and nearly sank twice on the voyage only to arrive to find the Merrimack had arrived blazing that morning destroyed half the Union fleet and would be back to finish the job the next day When she returned the Monitor was there She fought the Merrimack to a standstill and saved the Union cause As soon as word of the battle spread Great Britain--the foremost sea power of the day--ceased work on all wooden ships A thousand-year-old tradition ended and the path to the naval future opened Richly illustrated with photos maps and engravings Iron Dawn is the irresistible story of these incredible intimidating war machines Historian Richard Snow brings to vivid life the tensions of the time explaining how wooden and ironclad ships worked maneuvered battled and sank This full account of the Merrimack and Monitor has never been told in such immediate compelling detail
By Earl Swift. 2003
Where They Lay melds an account of an elite military team s high-tech high-risk search for a Vietnam War… pilot s remains with a remarkably immediate and poignant retelling of his final intense hours In far-flung rain forests and its futuristic lab near Pearl Harbor the Central Identification Laboratory CILHI strives to recover and identify the bodies of fighting men who never came home from America s wars Its mission combines old-fashioned bushwhacking and detective work with the latest in forensic technology Earl Swift accompanies a CILHI team into the Laotian jungle on a search for the remains of Major Jack Barker and his three-man crew whose chopper went down in a fireball more than thirty years ago He interweaves the story of the recovery team s work with a tense account of Barker s fatal attempt to rescue trapped soldiers during the largest helicopter assault in history Swift is the first reporter ever allowed to follow a recovery mission as these unique archaeological digs are called in its entirety and he got his hands dirty combing the jungle floor for clues amid vipers monsoons and unexploded bombs Where They Lay resounds with admiration for those who fell and those who seek them But Swift also raises hard questions about these recovery missions Is it worth 100 million a year to try to bring home the lost from old wars Is it worth the lives of today s soldiers Seven Americans died in the line of duty just months before Swift went in country And is the effort compromised by the corruption among native officials overseeing missions in their countries As new conflicts draw our attention Where They Lay throws brilliant light on war s cost to soldiers and to those they leave at home
By Helen Thorpe. 2014
From an award-winning meticulously observant The New Yorker and masterful Booklist… writer comes a groundbreaking account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and how their military service affected their friendship their personal lives and their families America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001 This has been a matter of bitter political debate of course but what is uncontestable is that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women The experience in the American military is it s safe to say quite different from that of men Surrounded and far outnumbered by men imbedded in a male culture looked upon as both alien and desirable women have experiences of special interest In Soldier Girls Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military overseas to combat and back home and then overseas again for two of them These women who are quite different in every way become friends and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated We see their families their lovers their spouses their children We see them work extremely hard deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones and struggle to stay connected to their families back home We see some of them drink too much have illicit affairs and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road blowing it up She survives but her life may never be the same again Deeply reported beautifully written and powerfully moving Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking
By Nick Brokhausen. 2018
A Green Beret’s gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In 1970, on his… second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls “an unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive fraternity,” undertook some of the most dangerous and suicidal reconnaissance missions ever in the enemy-controlled territory of Cambodia and Laos. But they didn’t infiltrate the jungles alone. They fought alongside the Montagnards—oppressed minorities from the mountain highlands, trained by the US military in guerilla tactics, armed, accustomed to the wild, and fully engaged in a war against the North Vietnamese. Together this small unit formed the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam, racking up medals for valor—but at a terrible cost. “In colorful, military-jargon-laced prose leavened by gallows humor, Brokhausen pulls few punches describing what it was like to navigate remote jungle terrain under the constant threat of enemy fire. A smartly written, insider’s view of one rarely seen Vietnam War battleground.” —Booklist
By Richard Rubin. 2013
Richard Rubin has done something that will never be possible for anyone to do again His interviews with the… last American World War I veterans--who have all since died--bring to vivid life a cataclysm that changed our world forever but that remains curiously forgotten here --Adam Hochschild author of To End All Wars A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion 1914-1918In 2003 85 years after the end of World War I Richard Rubin set out to see if he could still find and talk to someone who had actually served in the American Expeditionary Forces during that colossal conflict Ultimately he found dozens aged 101 to 113 from Cape Cod to Carson City who shared with him at the last possible moment their stories of America s Great War Nineteenth-century men and women living in the twenty-first century they were self-reliant humble and stoic never complaining but still marveling at the immensity of the war they helped win and the complexity of the world they helped create Though America has largely forgotten their war you will never forget them or their stories A decade in the making The Last of the Doughboys is the most sweeping look at America s First World War in a generation a glorious reminder of the tremendously important role America played in the war to end all wars as well as a moving meditation on character grace aging and memory An outstanding and fascinating book By tracking down the last surviving veterans of the First World War and interviewing them with sympathy and skill Richard Rubin has produced a first-rate work of reporting --Ian Frazier author of Travels in Siberia I cannot remember a book about that huge and terrible war that I have enjoyed reading more in many years --Michael Korda The Daily Beast
A brilliantly reported global look at universal basic income a stipend given to every citizen … and why it might be the answer for our age of rising inequality persistent poverty and dazzling technology P P Imagine if every month the government deposited 1 000 into your checking account with no strings attached and nothing expected in return It sounds crazy But it has become one of the most influential and discussed policy ideas of our time The founder of Facebook President Obama s chief economist Canada and Finland s governments the conservative and labor movements leading intellectual lights all are seriously debating versions of a UBI P P In this sparkling and provocative book economics writer Annie Lowrey looks at the global UBI movement She travels to Kenya to see how a UBI is lifting the poorest people on earth out of destitution India to see how inefficient government programs are failing the poor South Korea to interrogate UBI s intellectual pedigree and Silicon Valley to meet the tech titans financing UBI pilots in expectation of a world with advanced artificial intelligence and little need for human labor Lowrey also examines the challenges the movement faces contradictory aims uncomfortable costs and most powerfully the entrenched belief that no one should get something for nothing P P The UBI movement calls into question our deepest intuitions about what we owe each other Yet as Lowrey persuasively shows a UBI giving people money is not just a solution to our problems but a better foundation for our society in this age of marvels
By Clinton Romesha. 2016
The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient… Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.<P><P> "'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself—Keating—had become a kind of backhanded joke."<P> In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U.S. military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. <P> On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 14-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost 8 men their lives. <P> Red Platoon is the riveting first-hand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Nancy Mitchell. 2016
In the mid-1970s, the Cold War had frozen into a nuclear stalemate in Europe and retreated from the headlines in… Asia. As Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter fought for the presidency in late 1976, the superpower struggle overseas seemed to take a backseat to more contentious domestic issues of race relations and rising unemployment. There was one continent, however, where the Cold War was on the point of flaring hot: Africa. Jimmy Carter in Africa opens just after Henry Kissinger's failed 1975 plot in Angola, as Carter launches his presidential campaign. The Civil Rights Act was only a decade old, and issues of racial justice remained contentious. Racism at home undermined Americans' efforts to "win hearts and minds" abroad and provided potent propaganda to the Kremlin. As President Carter confronted Africa, the essence of American foreign policy--stopping Soviet expansion--slammed up against the most explosive and raw aspect of American domestic politics--racism. Drawing on candid interviews with Carter, as well as key U.S. and foreign diplomats, and on a dazzling array of international archival sources, Nancy Mitchell offers a timely reevaluation of the Carter administration and of the man himself. In the face of two major tests, in Rhodesia and the Horn of Africa, Carter grappled with questions of Cold War competition, domestic politics, personal loyalty, and decision-making style. Mitchell reveals an administration not beset by weakness and indecision, as is too commonly assumed, but rather constrained by Cold War dynamics and by the president's own temperament as he wrestled with a divided public and his own human failings. Jimmy Carter in Africa presents a stark portrait of how deeply Cold War politics and racial justice were intertwined.
Between 1889 and 1919, Weetman Pearson became one of the world's most important engineering contractors, a pioneer in the international… oil industry, and one of Britain's wealthiest men. At the center of his global business empire were his interests in Mexico. While Pearson's extraordinary success in Mexico took place within the context of unprecedented levels of British trade with and investment in Latin America, Garner argues that Pearson should be understood less as an agent of British imperialism than as an agent of Porfirian state building and modernization. Pearson was able to secure contracts for some of nineteenth-century Mexico's most important public works projects in large part because of his reliability, his empathy with the developmentalist project of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz, and his assiduous cultivation of a clientelist network within the Mexican political elite. His success thus provides an opportunity to reappraise the role played by overseas interests in the national development of Mexico.