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  • 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...

  • Cuban Counterpointby Random House

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 25.00

    Tobacco and sugar have made the history, the character, and the economy of Cuba. In this entertaining book, packed with fascinating lore, scholarship in its most humane form, and the flavor of Fernando Ortiz?s exceedingly civilized and humorous personality, the two important crops are seen from many points of view. Their economic aspects form the base,... more...

  • Waiting For Snow In Havanaby Carlos Eire

    Simon & Schuster UK 2012; Not Available

    A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other-but with certain differences. The neighbour's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from... more...

  • Waiting For Snow In Havanaby Carlos Eire

    Simon & Schuster UK 2012; Not Available

    A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other-but with certain differences. The neighbour's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from... more...

  • State Capitalism and World Revolutionby C. L. R. James; Raya Dunayevskaya; Grace Lee Boggs; Martin Glaberman; Paul Buhle

    PM Press 2013; US$ 9.99

    Originally published in 1950, this analysis by three respected activists successfully predicted the future course of Marxism. Their revolutionary critique of industrial civilization possessed a striking originality that was insular in its political context and optimistic in its expectations for the working class. They envisioned that the working class... more...

  • The Night of the Ramblerby Montague Kobbé

    Akashic Books 2013; US$ 15.95

    A gorgeously written and highly entertaining debut novel about a small island's struggle for independence from Britain. more...

  • Disease, Resistance, and Liesby Dale T. Graden

    LSU Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    In the early nineteenth century the major economic players of the Atlantic trade lanes -- the United States, Brazil, and Cuba -- witnessed explosive commercial growth. Commodities like cotton, coffee, and sugar contributed to the fantastic wealth of an elite few and the enslavement of many. As a result of an increased population and concurrent economic... more...

  • Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptionsby Celucien L. Joseph

    University Press of America 2013; US$ 29.99

    Joseph investigates the intersections of history, literature, race, religion, decolonization, and freedom that led to the founding of the postcolonial state of Haiti in 1804. Topics range from Makandal?s postcolonial religious imagination to Boukman?s liberation theology to Langston Hughes? discussion of the role of prophetic religion in the Haitian... more...

  • Dominican Baseballby Alan Klein

    Temple University Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    Pedro Martínez. Sammy Sosa. Manny Ramírez.  By 2000, Dominican baseball players were in every Major League clubhouse, and regularly winning every baseball award. In 2002, Omar Minaya became the first Dominican general manager of a Major League team. But how did this codependent relationship between MLB and Dominican talent arise and thrive?  ... more...

  • Fidel and Cheby Simon Reid-Henry

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 21.99

    Che Guevara has been dead for more than forty years, and long ago renounced by Fidel Castro-and yet they are forever linked: their coming to prominence together captivated a generation. For many, their romantic struggle for freedom still resonates; for others, they simply represent the last of a dying breed of rebel warriors. Yet, while much has been... more...