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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: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel

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 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 São 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...


The Church in Brazil: The Politics of Religion

by Thomas C. Bruneau

In 1980, Brazil was the largest Roman Catholic country in the world, with 90 percent of its more than 120 million people numbered among the faithful. The Church hierarchy became aware, however, that the religion...


The Viceregency of Antonio María Bucareli in New Spain, 1771-1779

by Bernard E. Bobb

When Antonio María Bucareli took up his duties in 1771 as the forty-sixth viceroy of New Spain, he assumed command of a magnificent complexity of land areas, large and small, whose people constituted a cultural...


Political Attitudes in Venezuela: Societal Cleavages and Political Opinion

by Enrique A. Baloyra & John D. Martz

Here is a benchmark study of voter attitudes in a Latin American country. This volume is based on extensive survey research conducted during the Venezuelan elections of 1973. The methods employed by Baloyra...


American Extremes: Extremos de América

by Daniel Cosío Villegas, Américo Paredes & John P. Harrison

In this notable collection of essays, written in the middle of the twentieth century, a towering Mexican thinker discusses both Latin America's internal problems and its relations with the United States, Russia,...


Landowners in Colonial Peru

by Keith A. Davies

In 1540 a small number of Spaniards founded the city of Arequipa in southwestern Peru. These colonists, later immigrants, and their descendants devoted considerable energy to exploiting the surrounding area....


Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality

by José Carlos Mariategui & Marjory Urquidi

Jose Carlos Mariátegui was one of the leading South American social philosophers of the early twentieth century. He identified the future of Peru with the welfare of the Indian at a time when similar ideas...