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Having escaped the pogroms and poverty of eastern Europe, Jews in Argentina looked to the national pastime of soccer as an avenue for integration into a prosperous and dynamic society.
With the discerning eye of a professional architect, Mallea takes readers on a sumptuous tour of the exclusive Caribbean homes and resorts where the rich and famous relaxed and partied from the 1920s through the 1980s.
Ritter and Henken explore the significance of Raúl Castro's 2008 reforms that allowed Cubans to open small-scale businesses, finding them insufficient to pull the Cuban economy out of its doldrums. And Kapcia takes readers on a well-informed tour of Cuba’s ruling elite, arguing that other commentators have overplayed the centrality of Fidel Castro.
LeoGrande and Kornbluh’s masterful diplomatic history will stand as the most authoritative account of U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations during Fidel Castro’s rule.
Two recent books offer a chance to take stock of the political and ideological state of play in Latin America.
Two recent books—a diplomat's memoir and a novel—examine the troubled relationship between the United States and Brazil.
Novels about the immigrant experience abound, but Alarcón offers an unusual spin on the genre: a tale about those left behind, in this case in an unidentified South American country that closely resembles the author’s native Peru.
Darnton explains what accounts for the rapprochements between traditional pairs of rivals such as Argentina and Brazil, Argentina and Chile, and Honduras and Nicaragua.
Immersing herself in Havana’s gay culture, Stout, an American anthropologist, gives readers a street-level view of the turbulent changes under way in Cuba, as Cuban society gradually transitions from conformist socialism to a more market-oriented individualism.
Grayson, an expert on Mexico’s underworld, offers a quick primer on the murderous Zetas criminal organization, combining many gruesome anecdotes with informed analysis and detailed policy recommendations.
In international negotiations with seemingly much stronger states, astute developing countries can sometimes successfully defend their national interests and even win major victories.
In Peru in 1780, anger over the many abuses of the Spanish colonial authorities spurred a Jesuit-educated, middle-class, indigenous merchant who called himself Túpac Amaru to organize an armed rebellion
Andreas argues that Washington should recognize that contraband capitalism is driven by demand and that solutions to the problem of illicit trade must address that reality.
Democratic stability in Latin America requires sustainable economic growth and ample opportunities for upward social mobility. This timely collection of academic studies explores the role of small businesses in achieving those objectives.
These complementary studies by two of Latin America’s leading economists astutely combine rational analysis with political sensitivity.
In this ambitious, at times gripping work of historical fiction, Padura re-creates the 1940 assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico.
Offering much more hope than despair, these sophisticated reflections by a veteran Chilean scholar-politician -- who currently serves in the country’s Senate -- seem especially pertinent given recent events.
As a young anthropologist, Howe traveled to Nicaragua to investigate how rights typically codified in the developed world, especially sexual freedoms, might be reformulated in the developing world.
Throughout the Western Hemisphere, frustration with dysfunctional national governments is inspiring a search for alternatives at the supranational, regional, and very local levels.
Ainslie’s book is mainly a journalistic account of the horrific drug-related violence and deeply entrenched police corruption that have wracked the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez.
Quesadillas is a satirical, tragicomic, bottom-up portrait of Mexico in the 1980s, in the waning years of the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s dominance.
A senior Venezuelan diplomat-scholar, Toro Hardy depicts a rapidly declining United States and Europe and an emerging Chinese powerhouse, voicing an increasingly common perspective on global trends.
This well-argued interpretive economic history is reasonably balanced in its assessment of the region’s progress and shortcomings.
Pérez, a masterful historian of Cuba, argues that whether Fidel Castro was motivated by heartfelt convictions or political opportunism, the Cuban leader undeniably understood the power of the past to drive contemporary politics.
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