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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.
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.
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
In this ambitious, at times gripping work of historical fiction, Padura re-creates the 1940 assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico.
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.
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.
As U.S. President Jimmy Carter entered the White House in 1977, determined to restore purposeful idealism to U.S. foreign policy, a brutal military dictatorship in Argentina was systematically torturing and murdering thousands of suspected leftists.
The Cuban American novelist García tries her hand at political fiction, with only partial success.
Frank produces a remarkably rich, gritty account of daily life today in the twilight of Caribbean socialism.
Lynch narrates the 500-year history of the Catholic Church in Latin America with fluidity and intelligence, concluding that although “tradition confronts modernity, authority and liberty in the Church have remained indivisible, each a restraint on excess in the other.”
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