The historian and essayist Enrique Krauze was born in Mexico City in 1947. He graduated in Industrial Engineering from UNAM (1969) and has a doctorate in History from El Colegio de México (1974). In 1977 he joined the magazine Vuelta as an editorial secretary and in 1981 he became the deputy editor, a position he held until December 1996. In 1991 he founded the publishing company Editorial Clío and in 1999 became the founding editor of the magazine Letras Libres. The critical acclaim and popular success of Siglo de caudillos (4th Comillas Prize), Biografía del poder and La presidencia imperial has been echoed in the praise for his work as a historian, essayist and biographer with Tusquets, starting with the anthology La historia cuenta and continuing with Caudillos culturales en la Revolución Mexicana, Mexicanos eminentes, Tarea política, Daniel Cosío Villegas. Una biografía intelectual and Travesía liberal. In 1990 he joined the Mexican Academy of History. In 2003, the Spanish Government awarded him the Cross of the Order of Alfonso X. Since April 2005 he has been a member of the Mexican National College.