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LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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ONE MAN AND THE BATTLE FOR RIO
Written by MISHA GLENNY

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35103-4

The astonishing story of an ordinary man forced to make a decision that would turn his world upside down
 
How did Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, a hardworking young father, become the king of Rocinha, the largest slum in Rio; the head of a drug cartel; and perhaps Brazil’s most wanted criminal, known to all as “Nem”? Nemesis is the riveting account of his ruthless ascent in Rio’s terrifying underworld, his sway over its anarchic outlaw culture, and his accidental fall. Nem tried to bring...

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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: $19.00

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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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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A POSSIBLE HISTORY OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Written by VIJAY PRASHAD

Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68158-9

In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of the Third World and traced the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement. With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up the story where he left off.

Since the ’70s, the countries of the Global South have struggled to build political movements. Prashad analyzes the failures of neoliberalism, as well as the rise of the BRICS countries, the World Social Forum, issue based movements like Via Campesina, the Latin American...

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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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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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EVENTS OF 2013
Written by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Introduction by KENNETH ROTH

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-609-80555-5

The 24th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than ninety countries and territories worldwide, reflecting extensive investigative work undertaken in 2013 by Human Rights Watch staff in close partnership with domestic human rights activists. World Report 2014 gives particular focus on the roles-positive or negative-played in each country by key domestic and international figures. This year’s report includes contributions from Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, David...

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ANARCHISTS AND THE ANTI-COLONIAL IMAGINATION
Written by BENEDICT ANDERSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68144-2

The exchange of ideas makes history as surely as the exchange of gunfire. The Age of Globalization (previously published as Under Three Flags) is an account of the unlikely connections that made up late nineteenth-century politics and culture. In particular, Benedict Anderson examines the links between militant anarchists in Europe and the Americas and the anti-imperialist uprisings in Cuba, China, and Japan. Told through the complex intellectual interactions of two great Filipino...

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