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Latin American Heroes

Written by Jerome Adams


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 13, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-38384-6 (0-345-38384-2)

These profiles of twenty-three history makers offer a unique view of Latin America through the eyes of men and women who devoted their lives to their countries, and to the freedom of their people. These fascinating mini-biographies are a straightforward and thoroughly researched biographical reference that amplifies some of the most... Read more >

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Something Fierce
Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
Written by Carmen Aguirre


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-81382-4 (0-345-81382-0)

The winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2012, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada.      

Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet’s violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age Of Globalization
Anarchists and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
Written by Benedict Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-144-2 (1-78168-144-9)

The exchange of ideas makes history as surely as the exchange of gunfire. The Age of Globalization (previously published as Under Three Flags) is an account of the unlikely connections that made up late nineteenth-century politics and culture. In particular, Benedict Anderson examines the links between militant anarchists in Europe and the Americas and the anti-imperialist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Open Borders to a Revolution
Culture, Politics, and Migration
Edited by Jaime Marroquin Arredondo, Adela Pineda Franco and Magdalena Mieri


Format: Hardcover, 270 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-12-0 (1-935623-12-5)

Open Borders to a Revolution is a collective enterprise studying the immediate and long-lasting effects of the Mexican Revolution in the United States in such spheres as diplomacy, politics, and intellectual thought. It marks both the bicentennial of Latin America’s independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, an... Read more >

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The Right to Stay Home
How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration
Written by David Bacon


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6121-3 (0-8070-6121-2)

People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Right to Stay Home
How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration
Written by David Bacon


Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0161-5 (0-8070-0161-9)

People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Cuba Confidential
Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana
Written by Ann Louise Bardach


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72052-6 (0-385-72052-1)

From America’s number one Cuba reporter, PEN award-winning investigative journalist Ann Louise Bardach, comes the big book on Cuba we’ve all been waiting for. An incisive and spirited portrait of the twentieth century’s wiliest political survivor and his fiefdom, Cuba Confidential is the gripping story of the shattered families and warring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rastafarians
Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Written by Leonard Barrett


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 12, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1039-6 (0-8070-1039-1)

The classic work on the history and beliefs of the Rastafarians, whose roots of protest go back to the seventeenth-century maroon societies of escaped slaves in Jamaica. Based on an extensive study of the Rastafarians, their history, their ideology, and their influence in Jamaica, The Rastafarians is an important contribution to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Country Under My Skin
A Memoir of Love and War
Written by Gioconda Belli


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3216-7 (1-4000-3216-4)

An electrifying memoir from the acclaimed Nicaraguan writer (“A wonderfully free and original talent”—Harold Pinter) and central figure in the Sandinista Revolution.

Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and... Read more >

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El país bajo mi piel

Written by Gioconda Belli


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3439-0 (1-4000-3439-6)

An electrifying memoir from the acclaimed Nicaraguan writer (“A wonderfully free and original talent”—Harold Pinter) and central figure in the Sandinista Revolution.

Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and... Read more >

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Reasons of State

Written by Alejo Carpentier
Translated by Frances Partridge
Introduction by Stanley Crouch


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-279-6 (1-61219-279-3)

In the early 1970s, friends Gabriel García Márquez, Augusto Roa Bastos and Alejo Carpentier reached a joint decision: they would each write a novel about the dictatorships then wreaking misery in Latin America. García Márquez went on to write The Autumn of the Patriarch and Roa Bastos I, the Supreme. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Manana Forever?
Mexico and the Mexicans
Written by Jorge G. Castañeda


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70394-2 (0-375-70394-2)

In this shrewd and fascinating book, the renowned scholar and former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda sheds much light on the puzzling paradoxes of politics and culture of modern Mexico.

Here’s a nation of 110 million that has an ambivalent and complicated relationship with the United States yet is host to more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Utopia Unarmed
The Latin American Left After the Cold War
Written by Jorge G. Castañeda


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 2, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75141-0 (0-679-75141-6)

In this insightful analysis of the Latin American left, Castañeda shows why hostility and misunderstanding between the left and the U.S. have endured since the 1920s, and he outlines changes that are taking place today likely to produce a coexistence with the United States.

With the collapse of Soviet communism, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Undocumented
How Immigration Became Illegal
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0167-7 (0-8070-0167-8)

Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends.
 
Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Coyotes
A Journey Across Borders with America's Illegal Migrants
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1987
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75518-2 (0-394-75518-9)

To discover what becomes of Mexicans who come illegally to the United States, Conover disguised himself as an illegal alien, traveling and working across America for more than a year. This is the chronicle of his journey.

"Ted Conover lived the bizarre life of the Mexican illegals.  Theirs is a subterrestrial world... Read more >

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The Massacre at El Mozote

Written by Mark Danner


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 5, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75525-8 (0-679-75525-X)

In December of 1981, soldiers of the Salvadoran Army's select, American-trained Atlacatl Battalion entered the village of El Mozote, where they murdered hundreds of men, women, and children, often by decapitation. Although reports of the massacre--and photographs of its victims--appeared in the United States, the Reagan administration dismissed them as propaganda... Read more >

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Notes From the Last Testament
The Struggle for Haiti
Written by Michael Deibert
Prologue by Ti Goave
Introduction by Raoul Peck


Format: Trade Paperback, 478 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-697-1 (1-58322-697-4)

Notes from the Last Testament, by veteran reporter Michael Deibert, is a riveting narrative account of the events leading up to and including the overthrow of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. A fearless correspondent and a meticulous researcher, Deibert traces the rupturing of the social-democratic coalition that originally brought Aristide to power... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Salvador

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 26, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75183-0 (0-679-75183-1)

Didion turns her powers of observation to El Salvador in the early 1980s, delivering a devastating anatomy of that country’s particular brand of terror—its mechanisms, rationales, and its intimate relation to our own country’s foreign policy. As Didion travels from battlefields to body dumps; interviews a puppet president; and considers the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Name is Victoria
The Extraordinary Story of one Woman's Struggle to Reclaim her True Identity
Written by Victoria Donda
Translated by Magda Bolin


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-404-7 (1-59051-404-1)

Argentina’s coup d’état in 1976 led to one of the bloodiest dictatorships in its history–thirty thousand people were abducted, tortured, and subsequently “disappeared.” And hundreds of babies born to pregnant political prisoners were stolen from their doomed mothers and “given” to families with military ties or who were collaborators of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hard Line
Life and Death on the US-Mexico Border
Written by Ken Ellingwood


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3367-6 (1-4000-3367-5)

The Southwestern border is one of the most fascinating places in America, a region of rugged beauty and small communities that coexist across the international line. In the past decade, the area has also become deadly as illegal immigration has shifted into some of the harshest territory on the continent, reshaping... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Clandestine in Chile
The Adventures of Miguel Littin
Written by Gabriel García Márquez
Preface by Francisco Goldman
Translated by Asa Zatz


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-340-4 (1-59017-340-6)

In 1973, the portly, dark-haired, bearded film director Miguel Littín fled Chile after a U.S.-supported military coup toppled the democratically elected Socialist government of Salvador Allende, replacing it with the rule of General Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet’s cruel reign was to last some seventeen years, during which Chile was turned into a... Read more >

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Young Che
Memories of Che Guevara by His Father
Written by Ernesto Guevara Lynch


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39044-8 (0-307-39044-6)

“I had prepared a life plan that included ten years of wandering, later years studying medicine. . . . All that's in the past, the only thing that's clear is that the ten years of wandering might grow longer . . . but it will now be of an entirely different... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Heart That Bleeds
Latin America Now
Written by Alma Guillermoprieto


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75795-5 (0-679-75795-3)

In this collection of thirteen essays Guillermoprieto offers a portrait of the state of Latin America today, discussing topics ranging from modernity and cultural fragmentation in Mexico and the end of Sandinista rule in Nicaragua, to the Shining Path in Peru, evangelicalism in Brazil, and Panama in the aftermath of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Looking for History
Dispatches from Latin America
Written by Alma Guillermoprieto


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72582-1 (0-375-72582-2)

In the tradition of Joan Didion, V. S. Naipaul, and Ryzsard Kapucinski comes a collection of essays and reportage by Alma Guillermoprieto, perhaps the most highly regarded writer on Latin America.

Guillermoprieto, who contributes regularly to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, explores the three Latin American... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Narcoland
The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers
Written by Anabel Hernandez
Translated by Iain Bruce and Lorna Scott Fox
Introduction by Roberto Saviano


Format: Trade Paperback, 404 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-296-8 (1-78168-296-8)

The product of five years’ investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to its author, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico.

The definitive history of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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