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HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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THE STORY OF THE CUBAN FIVE
Written by FERNANDO MORAIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 06/16/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68876-2

Here is the story of political prisoners finally freed in December 2014, after being held captive by the United States since the late 1990s.

Through the 1980s and 1990s, violent anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out hundreds of military attacks on Cuba, bombing hotels and shooting up Cuban beaches with machine guns. The Cuban government struck back with the Wasp Network—a dozen men and two women—sent to infiltrate those organizations.

The Last Soldiers of the Cold War tells the...

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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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IMMIGRATION AND MURDER IN AN ALL-AMERICAN TOWN
Written by MIRTA OJITO

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-06122-0

In November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out “hunting for beaners.” Chasing, harassing, and assaulting defenseless “beaners”–their slur for Latinos–was part of their weekly entertainment, some of the teenagers later confessed. Latinos–primarily men and not all of them...

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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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RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
Written by OSCAR MARTINEZ
Introduction by FRANCISCO GOLDMAN
Translator DANIELA MARIA UGAZ, JOHN WASHINGTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68297-5

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 migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he garnered from two years spent traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America...

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CREATING COMMUNITY IN VIOLENT TIMES
Written by LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 05/13/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80553-1

Hearts and Hands focuses on healing through community building. Empowered by thirty years of experience with gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago, Rodríguez offers a unique book of change. He makes concrete suggestions, shows how we can create nonviolent opportunities for youth today, and redirects kids into productive and satisfying lives. And he warns that we sacrifice community values for material gain when we incarcerate or marginalize people already on the edge of society. His drive to...

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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 SONIA SOTOMAYOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80483-9

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she...

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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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IMMIGRATION AND MURDER IN AN ALL-AMERICAN TOWN
Written by MIRTA OJITO

Format: Hardcover, 264 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/15/2013

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00181-3

In November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out “hunting for beaners.” Chasing, harassing, and assaulting defenseless “beaners”–their slur for Latinos–was part of their weekly entertainment, some of the teenagers later confessed. Latinos–primarily men and not all of them...

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RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
Written by OSCAR MARTINEZ
Introduction by FRANCISCO GOLDMAN
Translator DANIELA MARIA UGAZ, JOHN WASHINGTON

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68132-9

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 migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he garnered from two years spent traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America...

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