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  • Why the Cocks Fightby Michele Wucker

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 22.99

    Like two roosters in a fighting arena, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are encircled by barriers of geography and poverty. They co-inhabit the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply divided as their cultures: one French-speaking and black, one Spanish-speaking and mulatto. Yet, despite their antagonism, the two countries... more...

  • Puerto Ricans in the Empireby Teresita A. Levy

    Rutgers University Press 2014; US$ 28.95

    Most studies of Puerto Rico?s relations with the United States have focused on the sugar industry, recounting a tale of victimization and imperial abuse driven by the interests of U.S. sugar companies. But in Puerto Ricans in the Empire , Teresita A. Levy looks at a different agricultural sector, tobacco growing, and tells a story in which Puerto Ricans... more...

  • The History of Mary Princeby Mary Prince

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 6.95

    The first black woman to escape from slavery in the British colonies and publish a record of her experiences, Prince vividly recalls her life in the West Indies, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her 1828 escape in England. A straightforward, often poetic account of a struggle for freedom. more...

  • Guerra Contra Todos los Puertorriqueñosby Nelson A Denis

    Nation Books 2015; US$ 17.99

    Prepárese para ser enfurecido. Una lectura obligada y reveladora.? Robert Domínguez, New York Daily News En 1950, después de cincuenta años de ocupación militar y gobierno colonial, el Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico montó una fallida revolución armada contra Estados Unidos. La violencia arraso con la isla: comandos nacionalistas fueron enviados... more...

  • Race, Reality, and Realpolitikby Jeffrey Sommers; Patrick Delices

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 79.99

    The year 2015 marked the centennial of the 1915 United States occupation of Haiti and Haiti?s resistance to that signal event in its history. This study surveys the issues of economics, race, and realpolitik embedded in the political economy of U.S. interactions with Haiti that resulted in occupation. more...

  • Haiti: The Aftershocks of Historyby Laurent Dubois

    Henry Holt and Co. 2012; US$ 20.99

    A passionate and insightful account by a leading historian of Haiti that traces the sources of the country's devastating present back to its turbulent and traumatic history Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption. Maligned and misunderstood, the nation has long... more...

  • Cuban Anarchismby Frank Fernández; Charles Bufe

    See Sharp Press 2014; US$ 6.99

    This inspiring history of the Cuban anarchist movement is also a history of the Cuban labor movement. It covers both from their origins in the mid-19th century to the present, and ends with an enlightening analysis of the failure of the Castro dictatorship. more...

  • Cuba Confidentialby Ann Louise Bardach

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 15.98

    An incisive and spirited portrait of the twentieth cenutry's wiliest political survivor and his fiefdom, Cuba Confidential is the gripping story of the shattered families and warring personalities that lie at the heart of the forty-three-year standoff between Miami and Havana. With a decade of firsthand access to the crooks, assassins, and politicians... more...

  • Island Possessedby Katherine Dunham

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 22.99

    Just as surely as Haiti is "possessed" by the gods and spirits of vaudun (voodoo), the island "possessed" Katherine Dunham when she first went there in 1936 to study dance and ritual. In this book, Dunham reveals how her anthropological research, her work in dance, and her fascination for the people and cults of Haiti worked their spell, catapulting... more...

  • The Prison Letters of Fidel Castroby Fidel Castro; Ann Louise Bardach; Luis Conte Agüero

    Nation Books 2009; US$ 13.95

    Early in Ann Louise Bardach's Cuban voyage she came across Cartas de Presidio or The Prison Letters of Fidel Castro. Edited by Luis Conte Aguero, who was the recipient of most of these letters, they are cited in every important work from Hugh Thomas' opus Cuba to Tad Szulc's Fidel biography, and everything in between and since. These twenty-one... more...