Distant neighbors by Alan Riding, , Joaquín Mortiz edition, in Spanish – 1a ed. en español. Translation of: Distant neighbors: a portrait of the Mexicans. Vecinos distantes / Distant Neighbors: Un retrato de los mexicanos / A Portrait of the Mexicans. Front Cover. Alan Riding. Editorial Planeta.

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A very strong contender to get out of the “developing nations status I was very impressed with what Mr. A study of Distanfes – political, social, cultural, economic – by a journalist who was for the past 6 years the NYT bureau chief in Mexico City.

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Fayola rated it liked it Jul 27, Riding goes very far in explaining the misunderstandings between our two countries. It is dated of course the contemporary context is the late 80s, so the social stats are not up to date but as a snapshot of that crucial era, the book provides a great understanding of Mexico as a nascent postmodern state.

I really like it, it is a very extense analisys of Mexico and the different ambits of its culture. LPenting rated it it was amazing Nov 05, Published October 23rd by Vintage first published Susan rated it really alqn it Apr 09, To read Mexico contextualized in that time is very much relevant today — and Riding makes it fascinating.

Back in the this book was a must for those who love all things Mexico.

Vecinos distantes : un retrato de los mexicanos

Apr 15, Laura rated it liked it. Distant neighbors was recommended by an American person who is in constant touch with my culture. I still find it useful for anyone who is going to do business and deal with the Mexican culture. However, I found his writing style redundant and frustrating. I found it easy to read even that I’m a non English native speaker. Alicia rated it it was ok Jun 08, No trivia or quizzes yet. I read this book for a class on the history of US-Mexican relations. With portraits of Mexico’s top leaders, about a nation whose stability is vital to our national well-being.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. May 27, Kevin rated it liked it. Paperbackpages. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Even though this book was written so long ago, some truths remain. Lists with This Book. Seems a fair-minded gringo’s view of Mexico. Eduardo rated it really liked it Aug 17, Feb 20, Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 09, Steve Van Slyke rated it really liked it Shelves: This book did a very good job of rectifying that and making me want to read more about the country.

After some talks about my culture and how accurate he is on his perceptions he suggested me to read it. Chapters start strong, extracting the symbolism behind how a political party “institutionized” a “revolution” to help avoid the violent transfers of power that often plague Latin America. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Rafael rated it really liked it Sep 26, I hope we do take notice to what he is telling us and I too hope we vecinps change for the better During the final 12 years before he retired from journalism inrding was the European cultural correspondent for The New York Times, based in Paris. During much of his career, Riding covered political and economic affairs. Adrian Rodriguez rated it liked it Feb 05, The author, a journalist who spent years in Mexico, describes and explains the causes for misunderstandings between our nations.


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I think he succeeds. If you want to understand Mexican culture and live within, Distant Neighbors is an introduction to understand As Mexican I’m fascinated riing way Riding captured the Mexican essence from an American view. It’s succinct, does not limit itself to just fact or myth, and brings together each discipline in a cohesive, logical way that never fails to be interesting.

I first read it in Spanish in the 80s. I know we can–all we have to do is work together in the same direction.

Jenaye White rated it really liked it May 24, Otherwise, we will remain as we are. He seems to know more about Mexico and the Mexicans than myself or any Mexican I know, about all topics and specially about politics. He is author of the best-selling book, “Distant Neighbors: There are good chapters about language and customs.

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