1. The Background of the Last Caudillo.
From Santa Anna to Díaz.
The Sonoran Background.
2. An Improvised Leader, 1880–1913.
Obregón’s Early Years.
Obregón and the Beginning of the Mexican Revolution.
Obregón’s First Campaign.
3. Chaos and Triumph, 1913–1916.
Obregón and the War Against Huerta.
Obregón and the Clash Between Carranza and Villa.
Obregón in the War Between the Factions.
4. The Path to Power, 1916–1920.
Obregón’s Emergence as a Political Leader.
The Cincinnatus of the West (Part One).
The Campaign for the Presidency.
5. The President, 1920–1924.
The Construction of Obregón’s Political Machine.
Rebuilding the Nation.
The Violent Breakup of the Sonoran Alliance.
6. The Last Caudillo, 1924–1928.
A Troubled Agribusiness.
The Cincinnatus of the West (Part Two).
The Second Presidential Campaign.
The Death of the Caudillo.
7. The Unquiet Grave.
After the Caudillo.
An Arm and a Revolution on a Stage.
A Revolution and a Leader Lose Respect.
“The Last Caudillo is a fine biography of Alvaro Obregon, as well as an excellent overview of the Mexican Revolution. Students will come away with a good understanding of the social forces and political events that shaped Mexico during this critical time in its history. The book is also a great companion to Buchenau’s earlier work, Plutarco Elas Calles and the Mexican Revolution, published in 2006.” (The Latin Americanist, 1 September 2013)
“The Last Caudillo calls in an impressive array of primary sources to render an evenhanded portrait of Obregón as it appropriately casts him as a pivotal figure in the making of modern Mexico. …more specifically, Buchenau taps into the historiography of the Latin American strongman or “caudillo” in considering Obregón the last of that lineage, to come to an end when institutions, political parties, enforceable laws, bureaucracy, “systems” and “networks” overwhelmed—for better or worse—the many vicissitudes of individual power.” (The Americas, 1 October 2012)
"It is Buchenau's combined analysis of caudillismo, the Mexican revolution, and Alvaro Obregon that makes this book an important contribution to the literature on this revolutionary figure and the times that produced him. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 November 2011)