Mexico (Lonely Planet) and Mexico (Rough Guide). Both good, comprehensive guides aimed at the independent traveller.
Mexico Eyewitness Travel Guide(Dorling Kindersley). You could be forgiven for thinking that you've dipped into an illustrated encyclopoedia, but this is to its credit. Visually strong and accessibly written, definitely one to get you excited when planning your trip.
History of the Conquest of New Spain, by Bernal Díaz del Castillo(Penguin)
History from the horse's mouth as the author, one of Cortés' lieutenants, recounts the arrival of the Spanish.
Mexico, by Michael Coe
An introduction to the great ancient cultures of Mexico
Where the Air is Clear, by Carlos Fuentes
Certainally pollution levels have changed in Mexico City since the celebrated author penned this indictment of the Mexican Revolution.
The Labyrinth of Solitude, by Octavio Paz(Grove)
Mexico 's leading intellectual digs deep into the country's psychology.
Mornings in Mexico, by DH Lawrence(Knopf)
An emotive collection of essays.
The Burning Plain, by Juan Rulfo( University of Texas press)
Mexican literature at its finest, a collection of short stories dealing with themes of mestizo identity.
Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans, by Alan Riding
A look at what's shaped Mexico 's ambivalent relationship with the States.