The Mexicans: A Personal Portrait Of A People

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The Mexicans: A Personal Portrait Of A People

By Patrick Oster
William Morrow, 1989
334 pp. $19.95
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An accomplished journalist with little previous exposure to Mexico, Oster used his assignment as Mexico City bureau chief for the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain during the 1980s to collect impressions and vignettes about the kinds of people that neither U.S. officials nor tourists are likely to meet: a garbage picker, a cop, a homosexual, a barrio doctor, a feminist and even one of the children of Sanchez-the Mexican family made famous by Oscar Lewis' classic. Oster's portrait of these and other Mexicans vividly captures many facets of the country's life. A worthy complement to Alan Riding's Distant Neighbors.

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