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New Book Investigates The “Punitive Expedition” And Early 20th Century Border Conflicts Between Mexico And The United States

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 In a new book by the acclaimed author of several bestselling nonfiction titles, the bloody “Punitive Expedition” and early 20th century conflicts between Mexico and the U.S. take center stage.

Author Jeff Guinn, whose previous subjects include Jim Jones and Charles Manson, chronicles how Pancho Villa’s raid of a small border town in 1916 resulted in a bloody conflict between Mexico and the United States. On the U.S. side, General John J. Pershing recruited the Army, National Guard and and the Texas Rangers (little more than vigilantes at the time) into a militarized force that would foreshadow future military conflicts. The U.S.’s mission to capture Villa ultimately failed, but the conflict is still remembered in the border towns where it was fought over a century ago.

Today on AirTalk, we are joined by Jeff Guinn to learn more about his new book and the history of the Punitive Expedition. Questions? Leave them below or give us a call at 866-893-5722.


Jeff Guinn, bestselling author of numerous books including his latest, “War on the Border: Villa, Pershing, the Texas Rangers, and an American Invasion” (Simon & Schuster, 2021)