Staff Pick — “The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire”

Mark at the Cascade Township branch recommends The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by C.M. Mayo.  It’s the story of the two-year-old son of a Southern belle who is adopted by an Austrian archduke and made heir to the Mexican Empire during the French “intervention” in Mexico.

C.M Mayo does an outstanding job of making sense of this complicated episode in history, Mark says. The reader quickly becomes familiar with the many sympathetic and unsympathetic people caught up in these events; and the sights, sounds, and intoxicating smells of Mexico City float right off the page.


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