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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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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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Savages

Written by Joe Kane


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74019-3 (0-679-74019-8)

In this impressive, funny and moving work, Joe Kane tells the story of the Huaorani, a tribe living in the deepest part of the Amazonian rain forest in Ecuador. The Huaorani have only in the last generation been exposed to such items as the wristwatch. But the modern world is reaching... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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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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Cutting for Sign

Written by Willia Langewiesche


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75963-8 (0-679-75963-8)

The border between the United States and Mexico extends 1,951 miles. Among the people who live along it are a migrant laborer huddled in a makeshift camp, a Chicano cowpuncher, a Pima Indian who makes his living tracking drug smugglers across the desert, and the millions crowded along the border in... 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: $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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The Children of Sanchez
Autobiography of a Mexican Family
Written by Oscar Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74453-1 (0-307-74453-1)

A pioneering work from a visionary anthropologist, The Children of Sanchez is hailed around the world as a watershed achievement in the study of poverty—a uniquely intimate investigation, as poignant today as when it was first published.

It is the epic story of the Sánchez family, told entirely by its members—Jesus, the... 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 Other Side
Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City, and Beyond
Written by Ruben Martinez


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 1993
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74591-4 (0-679-74591-2)

"The Other Side" used to be the name that Mexicans and Central Americans gave to California and points north. As envisioned by Martinez in this work of cultural reportage and personal memoir, "the other side" designates other frontiers as well. Whether he is writing about graffiti  writers in L.A. or guerrillas in... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Living Santerķa
Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion
Written by Michael Atwood Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-077-1 (1-58834-077-5)

In 1992 Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason traveled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santería religion. Since then he has created an active oricha “house” and has initiated five others as priests. He is a rare combination: a scholar-practitioner who is equally fluent in his profession and his... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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I, Rigoberta Menchu
An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Written by Rigoberta Menchu
Edited by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
Translated by Ann Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-418-3 (1-84467-418-5)

Now a global bestseller, the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan peasant woman, reflects on the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America. Menchú suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life: her brother, father and mother were murdered by the Guatemalan military. She learned Spanish and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voodoo in Haiti

Written by Alfred Metraux


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 29, 1989
Price: $15.96
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0894-8 (0-8052-0894-1)

By one of the most distinguished anthropologists of the twentieth century, Voodoo in Haiti is a masterwork of observation and description of the lives and rituals of the Haitian mambos and adepts, and of the history and origins of their religion. It is an accurate and engaging account of one of... Read more >

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How I Learned English
55 Accomplished Latinos Recall Lessons in Language and Life
Written by Tom Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0097-7 (1-4262-0097-8)

All over the world there are people struggling to master the quirks and challenges of English. In today's America, many millions of them are Latino—and in this eloquent collection, nearly 60 of the best known contribute fascinating, revealing, often touching essays on the very personal process each went through to achieve... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Enrique's Journey

Written by Sonia Nazario


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 2, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7178-1 (0-8129-7178-7)

Common Reading Programs that have selected Enrique’s Journey:

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Indiana University, Kokomo, IN
College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR
Edgewood College... Read more >
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