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Cubano Be, Cubano Bop
One Hundred Years of Jazz in Cuba
Written by Leonardo Acosta
Translated by Daniel Whitesell
Foreword by Paquito D'Rivera


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2003
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-147-1 (1-58834-147-X)

Based on unprecedented research in Cuba, the direct testimony of scores of Cuban musicians, and the author’s unique experience as a prominent jazz musician, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop is destined to take its place among the classics of jazz history. The work pays tribute not only to a distinguished lineage of... Read more >

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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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The Hold Life Has
Coca and Cultural Identity in an Andean Community
Written by Catherine J. Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-032-0 (1-58834-032-5)

This second edition of Catherine J. Allen’s distinctive ethnography of the Quechua-speaking people of the Andes brings their story into the present. She has added an extensive afterword based on her visits to Sonqo in 1995 and 2000 and has updated and revised parts of the original text. The book focuses... Read more >
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Makuna
Portrait of an Amazonian People
Written by Kaj Arhem
Photographed by Diego Samper


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2003
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-092-4 (1-58834-092-9)

Throughout their history, the Makuna have withstood the social and environmental stresses inflicted upon them by European arrival, the Amazonian rubber boom at the turn of the century, and a black-market demand for coca leaves during the 1970s and 1980s. Most recently, gold mining is threatening to destroy their hills and... 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 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 >
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Toussaint Louverture

Written by Madison Smartt Bell


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7935-3 (1-4000-7935-7)

In 1791, Saint Domingue was both the richest and cruelest colony in the Western Hemisphere; more than a third of African slaves died within a few years of their arrival there. Thirteen years later, Haitian rebels declared independence from France after the first—and only—successful slave revolution in history. Much of the... Read more >
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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 >
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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 >
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Operación Pedro Pan

Written by Yvonne Conde


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-81115-3 (0-609-81115-0)

"It's a remarkable episode in cold war history: 14,000 Cuban children sent from the island by their parents in the years after Castro's revolution. Conde was a participant but didn't realize she was one of thousands until she read Joan Didion's Miami, which stimulated her curiosity and, ultimately, this book. Conde... Read more >
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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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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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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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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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One Minute to Midnight
Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7891-2 (1-4000-7891-1)

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and 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 >
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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 >
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The Wars of Spanish American Independence 1809-29

Written by John Fletcher


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: December 24, 2013
Price: $20.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-766-1 (1-78200-766-0)

In 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte treacherously outmaneuvered the corrupt Spanish Bourbons and installed his brother Joseph as King of Spain, igniting the flames of war across the Iberian Peninsula. Far across the Atlantic, this event lit the fuse for a war that raged for the better part of two decades as Spain’s... Read more >
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Faces of Salsa
A Spoken History of the Music
Written by Leonardo Padura Fuentes
Translated by Stephen J. Clark


Format: Trade Paperback, 236 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-080-1 (1-58834-080-5)

In this collection of masterfully crafted interviews with some of the most famous creators of the music we call Salsa, prizewinning Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura Fuentes explores the genesis of the music, its rise in popularity, its social context, and its artistic legacy. Filled with personal revelations by the musicians, historical... Read more >

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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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The Lost City of Z
A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Written by David Grann


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7845-5 (1-4000-7845-8)

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find... Read more >

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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 >
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