Ruiz charts in great detail the process by which Sonora became an economic dependency of the U.S. between 1880 and 1910. American capital financed huge developments in mining, ranching and agriculture. Social, political and economic change are well, and fascinatingly, documented for this vital period of the state's history.
—Books of the Southwest
Ruiz's work makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of the phenomenon of dependency. . . . It is highly recommended for both graduate and undergraduate collection.
—Journal of Developing Societies
This admirable book will prove useful to specialists and students of modern Mexico in understanding the contradictions and shortcomings of economic development under the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, tyrannical state governors, and jefes politicos.
A very readable, very informative account that is must reading for the Mexicanist—whether historian, political scientist, economist, sociologist, or anthropologist.
—Journal of Developing Areas