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One Day of Life

Written by Manlio Argueta
Translated by Bill Brow


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73243-3 (0-679-73243-8)

One Day of Life depicts a typical day in the life of a peasant family caught up in the terror and corruption of civil war in El Salvador. At 5:30 a.m. in Chalate, a small rural town, Lupe, the grandmother of the Guardado family and the central figure of the novel... Read more >

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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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Cuentos Folkloricos Latinoamericanos
Fábulas de las tradiciones hispanas e indígenas
Edited by John Bierhorst


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71397-2 (0-375-71397-2)

The wisdom and artistry of Latin America’s storytellers preserve one of the world’s richest folktale traditions—combining the lore of medieval Europe, the ancient Near East, and pre-Columbian America. Among the essential characters are the quiet man’s wife who knew the Devil’s secrets, the tree daughters who robbed their father’s grave, 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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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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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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Artifacts of the Spanish Colonies of Florida and the Caribbean, 1500-1800
Volume 2: Portable Personal Possessions
Written by Kathleen Deagan


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2002
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-035-1 (1-58834-035-X)

This long-awaited follow-up to Deagan’s first volume on ceramics, glassware, and beads focuses on the portable personal objects owned and used by the residents of Spanish colonial America. These objects are not only of Spanish origin; the collection includes many English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, and American pieces as well. Deagan... Read more >

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Puerto Rico Mio
Four Decades of Change, in Photographs by Jack Delano
Written by Arturo Carrion
Photographed by Jack Delano
Translated by Alan Fern


Format: Trade Paperback, 242 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1990
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-389-0 (0-87474-389-3)

Puerto Rico Mio is an extraordinary collection from two series of photographs: the first taken when Delano first went to Puerto Rico with the Farm Security Administration in 1941-42 and the second when he re-photographed those same places in the 1980s.

“Delano, who first visited Puerto Rico in 1941 as a photographer... Read more >

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The Americas
A Hemispheric History
Written by Felipe Fernández-Armesto 


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 17, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7554-3 (0-8129-7554-5)

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In this groundbreaking work, leading historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation without turning to the intertwining forces that shape the region. With imagination, thematic breadth, and his trademark wit... 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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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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Divine Utterances
The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria
Written by Katherine J. Hagedorn


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2001
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-947-9 (1-56098-947-5)

In Divine Utterances, Katherine J. Hagedorn explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santería and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. She focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the state-sponsored... Read more >

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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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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: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-073-5 (1-78168-073-6)

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 trade paperback.

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Fidel
An Illustrated Biography of Fidel Castro
Written by Nestor Kohan
Illustrated by Nahuel Scherma and Miracle Jones
Translated by Elise Buchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-782-4 (1-58322-782-2)

In the United States, ninety miles from Cuban shores, tempers flare on the subject of Fidel Castro: some say he is a liberator, some say a dictator. In Fidel, Nestor Kohan and Nahuel Scherma present one of the towering figures of the twentieth-century as he is seen by Latin Americans: as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Fidel

Written by Nestor Kohan
Illustrated by Nahuel Scherma and Miracle Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Siete Cuentos
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-783-1 (1-58322-783-0)

En los Estados Unidos, a noventa millas de las costas cubanas, el tema de Fidel Castro enciende a la gente: algunos dicen que es un dictador, otros dicen que es un libertador. En Fidel, Néstor Kohan y Nahuel Scherma presentan a una de las figuras sobresalientes del siglo veinte desde la... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Beyond Bogota
Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia
Written by Garry Leech


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6148-0 (0-8070-6148-4)

Independent journalist Garry Leech has spent the last eight years working in the most remote and dangerous regions of Colombia. Unlike other Western reporters, most of whom rarely leave Bogotá, Leech learns the truth about conflicts and the U.S. war on drugs directly from the source: farmers, male and female guerrillas... Read more >

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The Broken Spears 2007 Revised Edition
The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Written by Miguel Leon-Portilla


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 15, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5500-7 (0-8070-5500-X)

For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cuba: My Revolution

Written by Inverna Lockpez
Illustrated by Dean Haspiel


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2217-8 (1-4012-2217-X)

Seventeen-year-old Sonia, a medical student with dreams of becoming a modernist painter, is caught up in Fidel Castro’s revolution from the moment it captures Havana on New Year’s Eve 1958. While her eccentric mother hatches an increasingly desperate series of plans to flee Cuba, Sonia joins the militia and volunteers as... Read more >

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1491 (Second Edition)
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Written by Charles C. Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3205-1 (1-4000-3205-9)

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

In the last twenty years, archeologists and anthropologists equipped with a battery of new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries that have completely changed their understanding... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Beast
Riding The Rails And Dodging Narcos On The Migrant Trail
Written by Oscar Martinez
Translated by Daniela Maria Ugaz and John Washington
Introduction by Francisco Goldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-297-5 (1-78168-297-6)

One day a few years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote desert towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. A local priest got 120 released, many with broken ankles and other marks of abuse, but the rest vanished. Óscar Martínez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar soon after the abduction, and his account of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Beast
Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail
Written by Oscar Martinez
Translated by Daniela Maria Ugaz and John Washington
Introduction by Francisco Goldman


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-132-9 (1-78168-132-5)

One day a few years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote desert towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. A local priest got 120 released, many with broken ankles and other marks of abuse, but the rest vanished. Óscar Martínez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar soon after the abduction, and his account of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Battle of Venezuela

Written by Michael McCaughan


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 7, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-680-3 (1-58322-680-X)

In August 2004, the Venezuelan public came out in record numbers to deliver an overwhelming vote of confidence. After many attempts to unseat him, Hugo Chåvez, the former military man who took the country first by coup and then by ballot, again emerged as the people’s choice. It was, in his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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