So Far From God: The U. S. War With Mexico, 1846–1848

The Mexican-American War of the 1840s, precipitated by border disputes and the U.S. annexation of Texas, ended with the military occupation of Mexico City by General Winfield Scott. In the subsequent treaty, the United States gained territory that would become California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado. In this highly readable account, John S.D. Eisenhower provides a comprehensive survey of this frequently overlooked war.


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By Mary JL (Omaha, NE) · ★★★☆☆ · March 22, 2009
Because of the importance of the U. S. Civil War, the Mexican War gets little attention. Yet, as this book makes clear, it was an important and pivotal time in our history.

This book is quite detailed and a little dry for the average reader. And the author, General John Einsenhower, is in love wit... ...more
By David (Austin, TX) · ★★★★★ · September 16, 2010
I chose to read this book for a project in my United States History: Colonization through Reconstruction course. While I am a fan of history and fascinated by the Mexican-American War, I was wary of the book going in, I thought the titled sounded a tad pretentious. However, to the current point o... ...more
By Derek (Ypsilanti, MI) · ★★★★☆ · July 20, 2012
This was a good book, though not a great book. This review will be a short one as, honestly I do not know that much about our War with Mexico but I will do my best to write a fair review.
I can't give this book 5 stars as it seemed more like a primer on the subject. Not enough detail and Eisenhowe... ...more
By Lawrence (Machesney Park, IL) · ★★★★★ · November 10, 2012
A outstanding history of the Mexican American war by John Eisenhower. No war in American history changed the face of our country as much as this little known war, happening a generation before the Civil war it has been overlooked by most Americans. Well written and researched this book is easy to... ...more
By Dr. (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 20, 2009
The one-sided nature of the narrative presented here was a little difficult to overcome. Besides Santa Anna no Mexican character is given any sort of recognition and him only grudgingly. I have never read any other volume on the subject so I don't have anything to compare it to, but it was fast p... ...more
By Carolyn (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · September 02, 2013
Interesting account of the war. Would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about this historical event. ...more
By Andrew (Mukilteo, WA) · ★★★★★ · June 24, 2013
The title is taken from Gen. Porfirio Diaz, who was president of Mexico, who said, "Poor Mexico! So far from God and so close to the United States." The story of the Mexican-American War is told with excellent clarity, describing in detail the actions of American commanders and their counterparts... ...more
By Mark (Westerville, OH) · ★★★★☆ · July 25, 2011
A great book about an under-regarded topic. Eisenhower's (the son of the general/president, and a general himself) work on the Mexican War takes its title from the lament of a Mexican leader ("Poor Mexico! So far from God, and so close to the United States...") and is unexpectedly relevant, with... ...more
By Raul · ★★★★★ · September 28, 2014
Excellent! And easy read. ...more
By Darren (Thompsons Station, TN) · ★★★★☆ · April 09, 2009
Good book. Does a great job of bringing out the personalities of the commanders who fought the war. It was kind of chilling to see how petualant many of them were and how they didn't seem to give a second thought to sacrificing men if it furthered their personal ambitions.

I also enjoyed appendix... ...more