After a brief
hiatus over the spring and summer of 2013 caused by a metaphorical
podcasts have resumed in September 2013 with podcast
#12, an interview with Dallas Baxter. There will be a total
of 24 podcasts, now concluding in 2016.
What was that asteroid? I went and wrote a completely different
Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero
and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual. Suffice it to say
that what I imagined to be a modest project of say, two to three
weeks, turned into a full-time, seven month-long, hair-on-fire
marathon. It's now available in paperback, Kindle and en español.
Visit the website for this book by clicking on the banner:
NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR HISTORY
In a blend
of biography, personal essay, and a rendition of deeply researched
metaphysical and Mexican history that reads like a novel, award-winning
writer and noted literary translator C.M. Mayo provides a rich
introduction and the first translation of the secret book by
Francisco I. Madero, leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution and President
of Mexico from 1911 to 1913.
my fifteen years of researching the life of President Francisco
I. Madero, I have never read a more complete book as the one
just written by C.M. Mayo. It will simply surprise any reader.
The research is impeccable and the narrative well-rounded."
Guerra de Luna,
author of Los Madero: La Saga Liberal
dazzling work in her own fluid, poetic and highly visual prose...
By the time I finished I wished for a Don Francisco Madero to
guide us today, a politican who is also a mystic and intellect.
Burnham, author of A
Book of Angels and The President's Angel
Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution paints a complex picture
of a curious crossroads in history, where the rise and fall of
a regime coincided with a spiritual and social awakening with
the potential to rewrite a country's future. Kudos to Mayo for
introducing us to both the man and his message."
Francisco Book Review
provides not only an English translation of Madero's Spiritist
Manual, but also a lively intoduction... The author argues effectively
that Madero's manual is essential to understanding his revolutionary
"In this delightfully engaging book, C.M. Mayo brings to
vivid light an aspect of Mexican history astonishingly neglected
by most historians: the Spiritist beliefs and practices of Francisco
Madero, instigator and first leader of the world-historical event
that was the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Fruit of considerable
research, this volume includes the first translation into English
of Madero's Spiritist Manual, itself an invaluable contribution
to the historical record." José Skinner, University of Texas-Pan
"Mayo does brilliant
job combining the known facts of the Mexican Revolution and Madero's
role within it, and creates an intellectual bridge to the president's
spiritist belief structure...With her translation of the Spiritist
Manual, C.M. Mayo opened this incredible window into the
metaphysical side of the Mexican Revolution"
von Feilitzsch, author of In Plain Sight: Felix Sommerfeld,
Spymaster in Mexico
astonishing are the greats whose inner tracks wholly diverge
from their renown. Such a case is Francisco I. Madero, first
president of Mexico after the 1910 revolution, whose political
genius was immersed in mysticism, and equally extraordinary is
C. M. Mayo's account of this paradox in Metaphysical Odyssey
into the Mexican Revolution. Threading the tortuous path
of Madero from birth to assassination, and culminating in the
first translation into English of the little-known Spiritist
Manual of this master of statecraft, Mayo's account brings
to life the duality of the singular founder of Mexican democracy."
Berger, author of The Telling Distance: Conversations with
the American Desert
fascinating... the well-crafted outcome of a sharp mind and meticulous
research, combined with serendipity."
author of West Mexico and Geo-Mexico