Bolívar: American Liberator

Bolívar: American LiberatorIt is astonishing that Simon Bol var, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history His life is epic, heroic,

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before ColumbusIn 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 Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine

The Conquest of New Spain

The Conquest of New SpainVivid and absorbing, this is a first person account of one of the most startling military episodes in history the overthrow of Montezuma s Aztec empire by the ruthless Hernan Cortes and his band of adventurers Bernal D az del Castillo, himself a soldier under Cortes, presents a fascinatingly

Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in GuatemalaBitter Fruit is a comprehensive and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954 First published in 1982, this book has become a classic, a textbook case of the relationship between the United States and the Third

Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

Seven Myths of the Spanish ConquestHere is an intriguing exploration of the ways in which the history of the Spanish Conquest has been misread and passed down to become popular knowledge of these events The book offers a fresh account of the activities of the best known conquistadors and explorers, including Columbus, Corts, and

The Massacre at El Mozote

The Massacre at El MozoteIn December 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

Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America

Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin AmericaFrom the esteemed New Yorker correspondent comes an incisive volume of essays and reportage that vividly illuminates Latin America s recent history Only Alma Guillermoprieto, the most highly regarded writer on the region, could unravel the complex threads of Colombia s cocaine wars or assess the

The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War

The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold WarAfter decades of bloody revolutions and political terror, many scholars and politicians lament the rise and brief influence of the left in Latin America since the triumph of Castro they have accused the left there of rejecting democracy, embracing Communist totalitarianism, and prompting both

Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America

Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central AmericaThis book explains the history of US Central American relations, explaining why these countries have remained so overpopulated, illiterate and violent and why US government notions of economic and military security combine to keep in place a system of Central American dependency This second

The Maya (Ancient Peoples & Places)

The Maya (Ancient Peoples & Places)Professor Coe incorporates the latest ideas and research in a fast changing field Spectacular tomb discoveries at the city of Copan reveal some of the early artistic and architectural splendours at this major site New finds here and elsewhere entail a complete reinterpretation of the relationship

Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

Haiti: The Aftershocks of HistoryA passionate and insightful account by a leading historian of Haiti that traces the sources of the country s devastating present back to its turbulent and traumatic history Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption.

Brasil: Uma Biografia

Brasil: Uma BiografiaThis book offers a rich, dramatic history of this complex country The authors not only reconstruct the epic story of the nation but follow the shifting byways of food, art, and popular culture the plights of minorities and the ups and downs of economic cycles Drawing on a range of original