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SOUTH AMERICA

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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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ACROSS LATIN AMERICA IN SEARCH OF A NEW ARCHITECTURE
Written by JUSTIN MCGUIRK

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 06/10/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68280-7

In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative communities already answering these questions. From Brazil to Venezuela, and from Mexico to Argentina, McGuirk discovers the people and ideas shaping the way cities are evolving.

Ever since the mid twentieth century, when the dream of modernist utopia went to Latin America to die, the continent has been a testing ground for exciting new conceptions of the...

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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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FOLLOWING THE HUNTER S. THOMPSON TRAIL ACROSS SOUTH AMERICA
Written by BRIAN KEVIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 05/20/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-770-43637-7

In 1963, Hunter S. Thompson, who would become America's bestselling "gonzo journalist," completed a year-long journey across South America, filing a series of dispatches for a now-defunct paper called the National Observer. In The Footloose American, award-winning travel writer Brian Kevin traverses the continent with Thompson's ghost as his guide and offers a ground-level exploration of twenty-first-century South American culture, politics, and ecology. By contrasting the author's own...

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HOW IMMIGRATION BECAME ILLEGAL
Written by AVIVA CHOMSKY

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 05/13/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-00167-7

Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends.
 
Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. She also unmasks how undocumented people live—how they work, what...

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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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UNCOVERING THE NEW WORLD COLUMBUS CREATED
Written by CHARLES C. MANN

Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/24/2012

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27824-1

A deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world, from the bestselling author of 1491. Presenting the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas...

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TRAVELS ON SOUTH AMERICA'S UNTAMED EDGE
Written by JOHN GIMLETTE

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/12/2012

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47362-2

Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are among the least-known places in South America: nine hundred miles of muddy coastline giving way to a forest so dense that even today there are virtually no roads through it; a string of rickety coastal towns situated between the mouths of the Orinoco and Amazon Rivers, where living is so difficult that as many Guianese live abroad as in their homelands; an interior of watery, green anarchy where border disputes are often based on ancient Elizabethan...

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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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A TALE OF DEADLY OBSESSION IN THE AMAZON
Written by DAVID GRANN

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/26/2010

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07845-5

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El...

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