Mexico: Pancho to the Pantheon

William Jennings Bryan once called him "Mexico's Sir Galahad." Yet Hollywood portrayed him as a cruel, simple-minded bandit who poured honey on his prisoners for the delight of watching the ants devour them. His widow denied stories of his atrocities, said in his defense that "If he didn't like you, he'd just pull out his gun and shoot you."

Whatever else he was, Pancho Villa was a born leader. In the revolution of 1910, the black-tempered peasant led the first uprising against President Porfirio Díaz, later joined that other hard-riding bandido, Emiliano...

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