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Jorge G. Castañeda
Dog Leashes: An Autobiography

(Amarres perros. Una autobiografía)

Biographies and Personalities / Commercial Non-Fiction / Politics and Current Affairs

  • Published: 01/11/2014
  • ISBN: 9786071135476
  • 672 pages

The testimony of a main player in Mexico’s political and intellectual scene since the 1970s.  
 
Dog Leashes is a critical and thorough political and historical analysis of Mexico, underaken by a man who has been key in Mexico’s path towards democracy: academic, journalist, and Secretary of State Jorge G. Castañeda. Among other stories, the author recounts the 1968 movement, his years in Paris, his left-wing start in education, and his visits to Cuba and Nicaragua. He offers accounts on topics and personalities of national and international relevance, such as George Bush, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, the Free Trade Agreement (tlc), Cuba and the Castro family, his appontment as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and the Iraq War. On a broader level, Castañeda reflects upon the difficulties faced in Mexico because of capitalism, the wealthy years of the Pemex oil industry in the hands of President José López Portillo, and his intention to put himself forward as an independent candidate for Mexico’s presidency. Jorge G. Castañeda’s memoirs are not self-satisfying: his perspective on his own actions and lifestyle is strongly judgemental.
 
An upfront autobiographical take from a pragmatic man of debate who has not always given “the correct answer”.
 
This edition has been specially crafted for an international readership, and is based on the book by Jorge G. Castañeda, Amarres perros: una autobiografía (Alfaguara, November 2014).

About the author

MEXICO – Jorge G. Castañeda (Mexico 1953) was the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Mexico (2000-2003). For the last 25 he has been an academic at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (unam), and is currently a professor at New York University. Castañeda has published articles in the newspapers Reforma and El País, and the magazine TIME. He is a member of the governing body of the Human Rights Watch, the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the American Philosophical Society. He has written 15 books, many of them distributed throughout Latin America, the United States, and Europe. Some of his work has been translated into English and other languages, among them Mañana Forever? Mexico and the Mexicans, Perpetuation Power: How Mexican Presidents Were Chosen, Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left After the Cold War, The Mexican Shock: Its Meaning for the US, and Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants.