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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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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 >
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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
Introduction by Roberto Saviano


Format: Hardcover, 304 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 >
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Conquer or Die!
Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World
Written by Ben Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-183-2 (1-84908-183-2)

In 1815, just after the battle of Waterloo, over 6,000 British volunteers sailed across the Atlantic to aid Simon Bolivar in his liberation of Gran Columbia from her Spanish oppressors. The expeditions were plagued with disaster from the start, when one ship sank shortly after leaving Portsmouth with the loss of... Read more >
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The Black Jacobins
Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
Written by C.L.R. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72467-4 (0-679-72467-2)

This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, where the... Read more >

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Hugo!
The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution
Written by Bart Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 600 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58642-145-8 (1-58642-145-X)

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Bart Jones knows Venezuela intimately and was an eyewitness to President Hugo Chávez’s rise to power. In ¡Hugo! he tells the story of Chávez’s impoverished childhood, his military career and the decade of clandestine political activity that ended in a failed attempt to seize power in 1992. He describes... Read more >
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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 >
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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 >
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Tiwanaku and Its Hinterland
Archaeology and Paleoecology of an Andean Civilization Volume 2: Urban and Rural Archaeology
Written by Alan L. Kolata


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2003
Price: $110.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-054-2 (1-58834-054-6)

The book presents, for the first time, a rich body of empirical data on the chronology of the Tiwanaku state; the nature of the social and political relationships between the city and its hinterland; the form and meaning of its monumental and elite architecture; and the texture of everyday life in... Read more >

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Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom--and Revenge
Written by Edward Kritzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1952-4 (0-7679-1952-1)

In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them... Read more >
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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: $20.00
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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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Islands of Resistance
Puerto Rico, Vieques, and U.S. Policy
Written by Mario Murillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-080-1 (1-58322-080-1)

While 1998 marked the 100th anniversary of the United States’ invasion and takeover of Puerto Rico, it wasn’t until 1999 that the island’s political movements reappeared on the radar screen of the American people. That year, two major developments occurred that transformed the relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.: the... Read more >
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Colombia and the United States
War, Unrest and Destabilization
Written by Mario A. Murillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 2, 2003
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-606-3 (1-58322-606-0)

Every year the United States spends millions of dollars to help the war-ravaged country of Colombia. But help it with what? In Colombia and the U.S. Mario Murillo explores the misdirected and devastating impact that U.S. military “aid” continues to have on the war torn-people of Colombia. Beginning with a brief... Read more >
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The Loss of El Dorado
A Colonial History
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3076-7 (1-4000-3076-5)

The history of Trinidad begins with a delusion: the belief that somewhere nearby on the South American mainland lay El Dorado, the mythical kingdom of gold. In this extraordinary and often gripping book, V. S. Naipaul—himself a native of Trinidad—shows how that delusion drew a small island into the vortex of... Read more >
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The Middle Passage

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70834-3 (0-375-70834-0)

In this masterpiece of travel writing first published in 1962, V. S. Naipaul returned to Trinidad, his country of origin, and explored four adjacent societies.

In The Middle Passage, Naipaul ventures into a Trinidad slum so insalubrious that the locals call it the Gaza Strip. He follows a racially charged election... Read more >
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Masters of War
Latin America and U.S. Agression From the Cuban Revolution Through the Clinton Years
Written by Clara Nieto
Translated by Chris Brandt
Foreword by Howard Zinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 2, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-545-5 (1-58322-545-5)

In Masters of War, Clara Nieto adeptly presents the parallel histories of the countries of Latin America, histories that are intertwined, each reflecting the United States’ “coherent policy of intervention” set into motion by the Monroe Doctrine. As the value of this continued policy comes increasingly into question, Nieto argues for... Read more >
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Panama Fever
The Epic Story of the Building of the Panama Canal
Written by Matthew Parker


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9518-6 (1-4000-9518-2)

The Panama Canal was the costliest undertaking in history; its completion in 1914 marked the beginning of the “American Century.” Panama Fever draws on contemporary accounts, bringing the experience of those who built the canal vividly to life. Politicians engaged in high-stakes diplomacy in order to influence its construction. Meanwhile, engineers... Read more >
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History of the Conquest of Mexico

Written by William H. Prescott
Introduction by James Lockhart


Format: Trade Paperback, 1056 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75803-4 (0-375-75803-8)

"It is a magnificent epic," said William H. Prescott after the publication of History of the Conquest of Mexico in 1843. Since then, his sweeping account of Cortés's subjugation of the Aztec people has endured as a landmark work of scholarship and dramatic storytelling. This pioneering study presents a compelling view... Read more >
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Juan Rulfo's Mexico

Photographed by Juan Rulfo
Translated by Carlos Fuentes and Margot Glantz


Format: Hardcover, 223 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2002
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-097-9 (1-58834-097-X)

Juan Rulfo was one of the great literary innovators of the twentieth century. His 1955 novel Pedro Páramo is considered one of the foundational classics of magic realism, predating One Hundred Years of Solitude by more than a decade. Lesser known are his haunting photographs of Mexico, which exhibit remarkable parallels... Read more >

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Havana Real
One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today
Written by Yoani Sanchez
Translated by M. J. Porter


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-25-7 (1-935554-25-5)

She’s been kidnapped and beaten, lives under surveillance, and can only get online–in disguise–at tourist hotspots. She’s a blogger, she’s a Cuban, and she’s a worldwide sensation.

Yoani Sánchez is an unusual dissident: no street protests, no attacks on big politicos, no calls for revolution. Rather, she produces a simple diary about... Read more >
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