On 1/5/10, Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > A very warm welcome. Kane. The book ["The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire"] > > sounds very interesting. From the small amount I've actually read so far, Cindy, it is. This chronicles a rather bizarre part of Mexican history--more or less contemporary with theWar Between the States here in North America--when the Europeans actually took over Mexico again for a few years. This is actually many years after the Mexicans officially emancipated themselves from Spain. This time, in the 1860s, it was a member of the Habsburg dynasty named Maximilian who was appointed as emperor of Mexico. I'm not sure why the United States didn't intervene, but I suspect it had to do with our preoccupation with the Civil War and Reconstruction up here, and with the ensuing financial collapse that happened shortly afterward. But since this is a novel, written from the perspective of an American socialite who marries into that aristocratic scene and who must adjust to playing the part of a royal, this is very down-to-earth. It doesn't read like a middle school history primer. Because I am fairly new to formal scanning, and since this is far from my full-time job, it'll be awhile before this is available to Bookshare proofers. I am on P. 133 after two days, but still have at least 300 more to go. -Kane To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.