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LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN HISTORY

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ZAPATISTA WOMEN'S STORIES
Written by HILARY KLEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 02/24/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80587-6

Compañeras is the untold story of women's involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a...

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THE MEXICAN DRUG LORDS AND THEIR GODFATHERS
Written by ANABEL HERNANDEZ
Introduction by ROBERTO SAVIANO
Translator IAIN BRUCE, LORNA SCOTT FOX

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68296-8

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 the front lines of the “war on drugs,” which has so far cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years. Hernández...

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HOW US POLICY DRIVES MEXICAN MIGRATION
Written by DAVID BACON

Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-06121-3

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 at home. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with criminalization, low wages, and exploitation.
 
In The Right to Stay Home, journalist...

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MEMOIRS OF A REVOLUTIONARY DAUGHTER
Written by CARMEN AGUIRRE

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage Canada

On Sale: 03/25/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-81382-4

The winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2012, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada.      

Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet’s violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and her sister went with them, quickly assuming double lives of their own. At 18, Carmen became a militant herself, plunging further into a world of...

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Written by ALEJO CARPENTIER
Translator FRANCES PARTRIDGE
Introduction by STANLEY CROUCH

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 10/22/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19279-6

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 third novel in this remarkable trinity is Reasons of State, hailed as the most significant novel ever to come out of Cuba.

Inexplicably out of print for years, it tells the tale of the...

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Written by RODOLFO WALSH
Translator DANIELLA GITLIN
Foreword by MICHAEL GREENBERG

Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 08/27/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80513-5

1956. Argentina has just lost its charismatic president Juán Perón in a military coup, and terror reigns across the land. June 1956: eighteen people are reported dead in a failed Peronist uprising. December 1956: sometime journalist, crime fiction writer, studiedly unpoliticized chess aficionado Rodolfo Walsh learns by chance that one of the executed civilians from a separate, secret execution in June, is alive. He hears that there may be more than one survivor and believes this unbelievable...

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Written by ANTONIO SKARMETA

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 06/25/2013

Price: $13.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51627-0

A novel based on the true story of how an advertising campaign caused the fall of Chile’s dictator, General Pinochet.

Nico, the son of a noted Chilean philosophy professor, witnesses his father’s arrest while he is teaching a class. Bettini, the father of Nico’s best friend, is a leftist advertising executive who has been blacklisted and is out of work after having been imprisoned and tortured by Pinochet’s police. This doesn’t stop the ministry of the interior from asking Bettini, who is the...

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CULTURE, POLITICS, AND MIGRATION

Format: Hardcover, 289 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press

On Sale: 05/07/2013

Price: $39.95

ISBN: 978-1-935-62312-0

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 anniversary with significant relevance for American history. The volume investigates the Revolution’s immediate as well as long-lasting effects on...

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THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF ONE WOMAN'S STRUGGLE TO RECLAIM HER TRUE IDENTITY
Written by VICTORIA DONDA
Translator MAGDA BOLIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 10/18/2011

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51404-7

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 regime. Analía was one of these children, raised without suspecting that she was adopted. At twenty seven, she learned that her name wasn’t what she...

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ONE WOMAN FIGHTS TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT CUBA TODAY
Written by YOANI SANCHEZ
Translator M. J. PORTER

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 04/26/2011

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-935-55425-7

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 what it means to live under the Castro regime: the chronic hunger and the difficulty of shopping; the art of repairing ancient appliances; and the struggles of...

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Written by NESTOR KOHAN
Illustrated by NAHUEL SCHERMA, MIRACLE JONES

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Siete Cuentos

On Sale: 09/07/2010

Price: $13.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-22783-1

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 perspectiva latinoamericana: como el líder que, durante más de cincuenta años, hizo frente al poder militar más grande del mundo, y se mantuvo de pie.

Aquí, en la prosa mordaz de Kohan y las ilustraciones...

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THE ADVENTURES OF MIGUEL LITTIN
Written by GABRIEL GARCíA MáRQUEZ
Preface by FRANCISCO GOLDMAN
Translator ASA ZATZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 07/06/2010

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17340-4

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 laboratory for the economic ideas of Milton Friedman, leading to a society where the rich became richer and the poor much poorer, and the government...

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