In my opinion, Mexicans have the best, most biting, and most bitter humor in the world. Schmidt is Mexico's leading authority on humor.
—William H. Beezley, author of Mexican National Identity: Memory, Innuendo, and Popular Culture
Political humor offers a different view on politics, one that is not usually written in history books. Schmidt's book is a very important contribution to a field of study that deserves much wider coverage.
—Pablo Vila, author of Border Identifications: Narrative of Religion, Gender, and Class on the US-Mexico Border
This book, besides analyzing seriously the subject of humor and politics, and documenting it thoroughly in the case of Mexico but with many examples of other political frameworks is also a thesaurus of political jokes that makes the reader laugh all along the reading. The author, Professor Samuel Schmidt has to be commended for the extraordinary work he has carried out, that clearly reflects along the chapters of this book.
—Mario Sznajder, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The fact that Mexicans have a unique genius to find humor in worst case events and scenarios is omitted in books by foreigners because they cannot imagine repeating jokes and odd situations that so often abandon 'good taste.' Hence this book (long delayed as being 'politically incorrect' for publication in English) is important to help foreigners finally understand that all factors need to be analyzed frankly if world social science research on Mexico is to advance. Congratulations to Dr. Schmidt for his professorial courage in addressing the 'unmentionable' incisive sense of humor that 'defeats' group think, propaganda, and systemic impunity in Mexico.
—James W. Wilkie, professor of history, University of California, Los Angeles
In this book on political jokes Schmidt provides a different perspective on politics and even on history, without inhibitions and radical to a certain extent, mixing celebrities and institutions, structures and events, to Mexico with the world; where critic uses talent, ingenuity, sharpness and irony, as well as pungent analysis, rage and prejudice –others and its own- both to denounce facts or a specific political position, both to redefine the cultural-historical map where we find other people in relation to ours. In summary, with that subjective objectivity that maybe only humor can provide.
—Antonio Hermosa, University of Seville in Spain