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I write biographies that aim to speak equally to the specialist and the general reader. Born in London, I spent the 1990s as a journalist in Mexico, where I co-authored El Tigre: Emilio Azcárraga y su imperio Televisa (2000), a life of the TV mogul EMILIO AZCÁRRAGA MILMO (1930-1997). A 3rd edition, with a Preface about Televisa in the years 2000-12, appeared in 2013.

In 2000 I began an M.A. in Latin American Studies at Berkeley, followed by a PhD in History at UT Austin. From 2009 to 2013 I taught history at Millsaps College in Mississippi. As of 2014, I am a research professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico, where I teach history and journalism.

en-busca-del-senor-jenkins-frenteMy new book is a biography of WILLIAM JENKINS (1878-1963), once the richest industrialist in Mexico. The Spanish edition, En busca del señor Jenkins (PenguinRandomHouse-Debate/CIDE), is out in mid-November 2016, and the English edition, Jenkins of Mexico (Oxford University Press) will appear on 1st May 2017. My next project is a life of the global telecoms magnate CARLOS SLIM (b. 1940), who between 2007 and 2014 vied with Bill Gates as the world’s richest person.

– Andrew Paxman

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