In essays and 240 archival photographs, David Romo tells the stories of the people at the roots of the greatest Latin American revolution― Francisco Madero, Pancho Villa, Felipe Angeles, Teresita Urrea la Santa de Cabora, John Reed, the Magόn Brothers, and so many others.
Ringside Seat to a Revolution gives us a re-imagined perspective to witness the Mexican Revolution. Through detailed research, archival photographs and great storytelling, David Romo relates the history of a long-ignored cultural and political renaissance that was born of the conflict to depose the Díaz Regime and the bloody struggles that followed. His history helps us define fronterizos, a hybrid group of people—not wholly Mexican, not wholly American—who played an essential role in launching the Mexican Revolution. Ringside Seat is also about insurrection from the perspective of the peripheral characters: military band musicians who played Verdi operas during executions in Juàrez; filmmakers who came to the border to make silent movies like The Greaser's Revenge and Guns and Greasers; female bullfighters; poets; jazz musicians; Anglo pool hustlers reborn as postcard salesmen; Chinese illegal aliens; arms smugglers; and, of course, revolutionaries, counterrevolutionaries and counter- counterrevolutionaries. The stories he tells reveal an intellectual and cultural renaissance born of conflict, a revelation of the fronterizo spirit that is so essential in understanding the U.S.-Mexico Border region and the Mexican-American experience in the United States.
NPR, National Public Radio hosts a special broadcast from Ringside Seat to a Revolution titled The Bath Riots: Indignity Along the Mexican Border.