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Havana Nocturne

by T. J. English

To underworld kingpins Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Cuba was the greatest hope for the future of American organized crime in the post-Prohibition years. In the 1950s, the Mob—with the corrupt,...


At the Devil's Table

by William C. Rempel

In this riveting and relentless nonfiction thriller, award-winning investigative reporter William C. Rempel tells the harrowing story of former Cali cartel insider Jorge Salcedo, an ordinary man facing an extraordinary...


The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History

by V.S. Naipaul

The history of Trinidad begins with a delusion: the belief that somewhere nearby on the South American mainland lay El Dorado, the mythical kingdom of gold. In this extraordinary and often gripping book, V....


Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise: A Multidisciplinary Approach

by Jan Knippers Black

Now in a fifth edition, Latin America has been updated to reflect the region's growing optimism as economies stabilize, trade diversifies, and political systems become more participatory. This multidisciplinary...


The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of the New York Times

by Anthony DePalma

This dramatic story of how a New York Times reporter helped Castro come to power offers illuminating insight into the fraught history of Cuban-American relations and the precarious balance between truth and...


The Florida of the Inca

by Garcilaso de la Vega, John Varner & Jeannette Varner

Perhaps the most amazing thing of all about Garcilaso de la Vega's epic account of the De Soto expedition is the fact that, although it is easily the first great classic of American history, it had never before...


Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru, Volume 1 and Volume 2

by Garcilaso de la Vega & Harold V. Livermore

Garcilaso de la Vega, the first native of the New World to attain importance as a writer in the Old, was born in Cuzco in 1539, the illegitimate son of a Spanish cavalier and an Inca princess. Although he was...


Miners, Merchants, and Farmers in Colonial Colombia

by Ann Twinam

The inhabitants of the department of Antioquía in north-central Colombia have played a unique role in that country's economic history. During the colonial period Antioqueño placer miners supplied a substantial...


The First Letter from New Spain: The Lost Petition of Cortés and His Company, June 20, 1519

by John F. Schwaller & Helen Nader

The founding of la Villa Rica de la Veracruz (the rich town of the True Cross) is prominently mentioned in histories of the conquest of Mexico, but scant primary documentation of the provocative act exists....


Sin and Confession in Colonial Peru: Spanish-Quechua Penitential Texts, 1560-1650

by Regina Harrison

A central tenet of Catholic religious practice, confession relies upon the use of language between the penitent and his or her confessor. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as Spain colonized the Quechua-speaking...


Unfinished Conversations: Mayas and Foreigners Between Two Wars

by Paul Sullivan

A century ago, European and North American archaeologists first came upon the extraordinary ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum—and started to converse with the Mayas who inhabited the forests of the Yucatan....


The Last Cannibals: A South American Oral History

by Ellen B. Basso

An especially comprehensive study of Brazilian Amazonian Indian history, The Last Cannibals is the first attempt to understand, through indigenous discourse, the emergence of Upper Xingú society. Drawing on...


The Political Economy of Brazil: Public Policies in an Era of Transition

by Lawrence Graham & Robert H. Wilson

The transition from authoritarian to democratic government in Brazil unleashed profound changes in government and society that cannot be adequately understood from any single theoretical perspective. The great...


British-Owned Railways in Argentina: Their Effect on the Growth of Economic Nationalism, 1854-1948

by Winthrop R. Wright

During the nineteenth century, British-owned railways grew under the protection of an Argentine ruling elite that considered railways both instruments and symbols of progress. Under this program of support for...


Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Sixteenth-Century Santiago de Guatemala

by Robinson A. Herrera

The first century of Spanish colonization in Latin America witnessed the birth of cities that, while secondary to great metropolitan centers such as Mexico City and Lima, became important hubs for regional commerce....


U.S. Foreign Policy and Peru

by Daniel A. Sharp

This book presents the first authoritative and comprehensive account of the development of the Peruvian revolution of 1968. The study resulted from a team experiment in applied political science, economics,...


Vargas of Brazil: A Political Biography

by John W. F. Dulles

The dominant public figure in Brazil from 1930 until 1954 was a highly contradictory and controversial personality. Getúlio Vargas, from the pampas of the southern frontier state of Rio Grande do Sul, became...


The Sao Paulo Law School and the Anti-Vargas Resistance (1938-1945)

by John W. F. Dulles

The São Paulo Law School, the oldest institution of higher learning in Brazil, has long been the chief training center for that country's leadership. For the members of the school's secret Burschenschaft society,...


Brazilian Communism, 1935-1945: Repression During World Upheaval

by John W. F. Dulles

The Brazilian Communist Party was one of the largest Communist parties in Latin America until its split and dissolution in the 1990s. Although not granted legal status as a political party of Brazil until 1985,...


Anarchists and Communists in Brazil, 1900-1935

by John W. F. Dulles

In providing a detailed account of the leftist opposition and its bloody repression in Brazil during the Old Republic and the early years of the Vargas regime, John W. F. Dulles gives considerable attention...