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The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Summer 1979, Volume 25, Number 3
Thomas L. Scharf, Managing Editor

BOOK REVIEWS

Richard H. Peterson, Book Review Editor

The Eagle and the Serpent, The Invasions of Mexico: 1519 and 1846. By John Selby. New York: Hippocrene Books, Inc., 1978. Illustrations, maps, appendices, bibliography, index. 163 pages. $12.95.

Essentially a popular political and military history of the Spanish con-quest of the Aztec Empire and of the much later war between Mexico and the United States, the work is an undocumented narrative which fails to integrate the Spanish and American invasions of Mexico or to raise serious questions of historical analysis. The factual information available here can be found in other more reliable sources.