London: The Catholic Book Club, 1940. Second edition.
To Waugh's conservative eye, Mexico in the 1930s appeared to be the unhappiest place on Earth.
Not only had centuries of brutal Spanish rule created a society of very rich and very poor, but a succession of revolutions had flipped the country into a Socialist bureaucratic nightmare, where nothing was being achieved, except by corruption. Meanwhile, the power of the Catholic Church was being steadily exterminated.
Enough to give Waugh a very jaundiced view, which he still makes amusing, in this rare work of despairing journalism.
Spine lean to book and fading and wear to jacket.