Letters to the Editor: A “short brown’ Oaxacan was Mexico’s greatest president. What say you, Nury Martinez?
Nury Martinez is an internationally renowned writer, radio consultant, lecturer, translator and editor. Her books and articles have been translated into more than 25 languages, and selected by many as the best books of their year. The author of more than 100 articles and a book to be published later this year, she has been called the “Mexican Jane Birkin.” She is co-author of the upcoming book, “A Bitter and Sweet Divorce: The Divorce of Mexico’s Monarchy, the U.S. Government and Its Latin American Allies” (Random House, 2015). She has been in Mexico and in the U.S. for more than seven years, and has lived and worked for at least four of them with the famous poet, teacher and writer, Octavio Paz..
Nury is the founder of Tesis Atencion, a cultural group which organizes cultural and social activities in Oaxaca, Mexico.
In this special issue of the Oaxacan Times, Nury has written a first page letter on the topic of the best presidents in the history of Mexico. A long winded letter, which could serve as a basis for her book, which will be soon published.
AUTHOR: Nury Martinez
I HAVE written a long letter with two points where I agree with you.
You have said that the best presidents are those who have given their best to their country. I have nothing against that, but I have to add: to their country. President Lázaro Cárdenas was my President. My parents love him.
I remember during my school years, a great friend of mine who was president, the man you have called “the man who was president”. His name is Miguel Alemán Valdés and he was the president of the republic at the time of the coup d’état of 1948 in which General Sánchez Cerro was killed.
During that period, Miguel Alemán Valdés was