The U.S. and Mexico: the bear and the porcupine

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Markus Wiener Publishers, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
Jeffrey Davidow coined the phrase "the bear and the porcupine" - which has now entered Mexican political discourse-to describe the difficult relationship between the hypersensitive Mexican "porcupine" and the insensitive American " bear".The author outlines the forces drawing Mexico and the U.S. together as well as the ignorance and arrogance on both sides that impede greater cooperation. Part memoir, part political analysis, this book discusses the "cowboy presidents" Bush and Fox, reveals the political manipulation of U.S. intelligence about the Mexican drug world, and explains the failure of U.S. immigration policy as well as the difficulty of fixing it. He reveals the inside story of Castro's vicious revenge on Fox for slighting him and touches on the Zapatista revolt and subsequent march to Mexico City. He recounts humorous details about visits to the embassy from "Planet Washington," and ends the book with an epilogue envisioning the future of U.S.-Mexican relations.

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Career diplomat Davidow served as ambassador to Mexico from 1998 to 2002, pivotal years on both sides of the border. The elections of Presidents Fox and Bush, continuing immigration issues, and the ... Read full review


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