A strongly researched study . . . highly recommended to scholars, students, and aficionados of Mexican history.
Barrios's career throws some light on the process that gradually turned regional armed bands into something resembling a national army. . . . Brewster has done a masterful job of exploring a variety of public and private archives.
Journal of Military History
Based on meticulous research . . . Brewster's bottom-up approach presents us a flexible cacique confronted with ever-changing relationships to the state and fluctuating and differing balances of power between the Barrios clan, its jefes de armas
and community leaders.
Journal of Latin American Studies
Profoundly revisionist, a useful injection of realism amid the burgeoning literature on Mexican local history.
Bulletin of Spanish Studies