Book Review – Los mitos que nos dieron traumas

The Myths That Traumatized Us, is book that attempts to explain the idiosyncrasy and sociology of Mexicans. Rather than being presented in a direct dry political and historical standpoint, this book uses a comedic approach that I think it’s absolutely genius. The author makes it very clear and states multiple times that he could care less about what part of side of a political spectrum the reader falls on. Overall this was such an enjoyable read, I lost count of the times the times I was literally was laughing out loud multiple times (my family might even think I’m mad given that I read most of the book really late at night).

Mexicans, generally speaking have such a distorted view of their history. This book takes a logical and common sense approach on why that’s the case. The main myths this book covers are:

  • Pre-hispanic history
  • Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire
  • Mexican Independence
  • Mexican Revolution

Perhaps the only thing that really rubbed me the wrong way was the comparison between Spain and England, (Catholicism vs Protestantism; Mexico vs USA) and their respective visual of a society, which I completely disagree with the author.

Sadly this book does’t have an English translation as of the time of this writing, but if you know Spanish then I would highly suggest reading this book. Specially if you need a good laugh for once.

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