ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Compact, clear-eyed yet comprehensive. That could be a short, snappy description of Terry Rugeley’s new book, “Epic Mexico: A History from Earliest Times.”
Before it was called Mexico, the country went by other early names – Mayab, Teotihuacán, Zempoala, Pátzcuaro, Aztlán and Chapultepec. The book hits many markers in the country’s history, dating from well before indigenous peoples came in contact with Europeans and coursing inexorably through three centuries of Spanish colonialism, followed by an independent Mexico established in 1821 to the present.
The amount of information between the covers may slow down readers.