de Mayo has evolved into a holiday so popular that in the United
States it draws larger crowds than here in the United States. About
half a million people turn out for the annual event in Los Angeles
alone, but exactly what is everybody celebrating? They're there for
the music - and the half-priced margaritas - but if you ask around,
you won't find many people who can tell you what happened in Mexico
on that day. There are very few adult-level books currently on the
market about that subject, but readers can now learn how the Mexicans
took back their country after a five-year struggle against the French
army in this 90,000-word book, Cinco de Mayo: What is
Everybody Celebrating? (2nd Ed.)
original 2006 edition has now been upgraded to include color
photographs in every chapter and maps to help readers navigate the
story. There's also a new cover which has already won graphics awards
for the book design firm that created it. The photos were taken by
the author and his wife (who is originally from Mexico City, ) during
more than 50 years of family visits and travel to as many as 53
cities in Mexico.
Miles’ professional career of almost 50 years was split about
evenly between teaching and broadcasting. He was News Director for
radio stations in NYC, NY, CT, FL, NE and Texas. He won AP’s “Best
Newscast” award in Nebraska, his news teams in Florida and Nebraska
have won numerous awards, and he has judged broadcast news awards for
UPI Rhode Island. He has taught at the Universities of Florida and
Nebraska, at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas,and at
elementary schools in New York, Connecticut and Texas.
is the author of two books in the field of broadcast news: Broadcast
News Handbook and Broadcast Newswriting Stylebook. He has a
bachelor's in education from the State University of New York at New
Paltz and a master's in journalism and Communications from the
University of Florida.
is Don’s fifth book. There was a 2006 edition of this current
volume, but several new features appear in the new version including
maps to help the reader navigate the text and color photos in every
chapter. There was also Cinco de Mayo, the Novel, published in 2012.
inspiration for this book came mainly from his late wife, Dr. Minerva
Gonzalez-Angulo Miles. Minerva grew up in Mexico City near Emperor
Maximilian’s Chapultepec Castle, and would often visit the castle
and view the portrait of the emperor and empress whose story is
featured as part of the history you’ll follow as you read the book.