A sweeping epic that takes you from a palace ball to an orphanage kitchen, from Brussels to Yucatan, the White House to the Tuileries to the flank of a snow-dusted Mexican volcano, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is also, and always, a story about a tiny boy, only two and half-years old, whose Mexican diplomat father and American mother agreed to give him up to Maximilian, to become, so they had supposed, heir apparent to the throne.
A fairytale based on the true but never before completely told story the work of seven years of travel and research in archives as far flung as Vienna, Washington DC, and Mexico City it begins, as it must, with, "Once upon a time..."
reanimation of a crucial period in Mexican history should satisfy
history buffs and those in the mood for an engaging story brimming
with majestic ambition.
-- Publisher's Weekly
"a swashbuckling, riotous good time, befitting the fairy-tale promise of the opening sentence"
-- Austin American-Statesman
"Mayos cultural insights are first-rate, and the glittering, doomed regime comes to life"
-- Library Journal
"I have read a few sweeping historical novels that have remain inside of me forever. Tolstoy's War and Peace is one of those, Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is another, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago is another, and now The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is another."
-- Mexico Connect