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Hispanic America, Texas, and the Mexican War examines the history of the southwestern area of the United States. Topics covered include the settlement of the area that became the southwestern portion of the United States, detailing how it evolved from land settled by Native Americans, to Spanish territory, to states that were pawns between the North and South prior to the Civil War.

©2013 James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier (P)2013 AudioGO

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distorts history

If you want a book that sanitizes the American extermination of Native Americans during Westward expansion, this is a great book for you.
If you want to know what the "California Compromise" is, this is the book for you. Hint: it's actually called the Missouri Compromise of 1820. California came in as a free territory.
However, if you want a more accurate history, I recommend The Mexican-American War, by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, narrated by George C. Scott. It's available for free on Audible, and includes actual facts and quotations from the times. If you have been brainwashed by Christopher Collier books, or other "softened" American histories, read A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, also available on Audible. Zinn will fill in the other side of the story Collier glosses over.
The only reason to read this book is to learn how some historians distort history. It gave me bad dreams.

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information is dated

it has more then a few inaccuracies so I'm not sure how useful it is to a student

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Great Overview of Texan/Mexican Territories

Would you consider the audio edition of Hispanic America, Texas, and the Mexican War: 1835 - 1850 to be better than the print version?

Yes. The narrator is clear, concise and strong.

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Quick moving, to the point and easy to follow. I recommend for anyone wanting to get a clear overview and understanding of the conflicts that went on during this historical development of lands in the U.S. and Mexico.

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A nice patch to fill a gap in my knowledge

I like this short format. I often need a quick brushing-up on some era in history, preparing to teach, but I can't spare 18 hours to hear some disciplined work that captures deeper detail. Considering I live in former Spanish and then Mexican lands, captured by war from Mexico shortly before California statehood, my knowledge of this was slight. I intend to get more titles in this series.

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Rather biased on American history

I like history that gives facts in a narrative. Getting the viewpoints of the people in that era, from all POVs, is how to get a feeling for that time. The authors opinion and viewpoints are not wanted. Judging history from a contemporaneous set of values is credulous. I want to form my own opinions ,not be persuaded by the writer. History that is written to persuade is malpractice. This is history written in a light Howard Zinn perspective instead of being agnostic with the facts.

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That voice sounds fake

Unfortunately, the person who is reading this aloud sounds like a robot and cannot pronounce the Spanish and Aztec words correctly.