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  • Enrique's Journeyby Sonia Nazario

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.82

    An astonishing story that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States, now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview, and more—the definitive edition of a classic of contemporary America   Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won... more...

  • Across the Wireby Luis Urrea

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

                Luis Alberto Urrea's Across the Wire offers a compelling and unprecedented look at what life is like for those refugees living on the Mexican side of the border—a world that is only some twenty miles from San Diego, but that few have seen.  Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and "official translator"... more...

  • Oye Locaby Susana Peña

    University of Minnesota Press 2013; Not Available

    During a few months in 1980, 125,000 Cubans entered the U.S. as part of a massive migration known as the Mariel boatlift. Drawing from first-person stories of Cuban Americans as well as government documents and cultural texts from both the U.S. and Cuba, Susana Peña reveals how a historical event shaped the formation of an entire ethnic and sexual... more...

  • Citizens of Memoryby Silvia R. Tandeciarz

    Bucknell University Press 2017; US$ 114.00

    This book explores practices of recollection in contemporary Argentina that helped define the nation’s approach to transitional justice in the first decades of the twenty-first century and enhances the critical literature on historical memory and trauma in Latin America by integrating affect theory to cultural representations of state violence. more...

  • Scarcity and Survival in Central Americaby William H. Durham

    Stanford University Press 1979; US$ 25.95

    Looking at both population and land tenure dynamics in their historical context, this study challenges the view that the 1969 conflict between El Salvador and Honduras was primarily a response to population pressure. The author demonstrates that land scarcity, a principal cause of the war, was largely a product of the concentration of landholdings.... more...

  • Nicaragua's Other Revolutionby Michael Dodson; Laura Nuzzi O'Shaughnessy

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    The 1979 rebellion in Nicaragua was the first in modern Latin America to be carried out with the active participation and support of Christians. Like all revolutions, the Nicaraguan Revolution has provoked controversy and hostility, and the Christian presence has been a focal point in the debate. In this work Michael Dodson and Laura Nuzzi O'Shaughnessy... more...

  • The Regime of Anastasio Somoza, 1936-1956by Knut Walter

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    To many observers, Anastasio Somoza, who ruled Nicaragua from 1936 until his assassination in 1956, personified the worst features of a dictator. While not dismissing these characteristics, Knut Walter argues that the regime was in fact more notable for its achievement of stability, economic growth, and state building than for its personalistic and... more...

  • Reinterpreting the Banana Republicby Darío A. Euraque

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    In this new analysis of Honduran social and political development, Dar degreeso Euraque explains why Honduras escaped the pattern of revolution and civil wars suffered by its neighbors Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Within this comparative framework, he challenges the traditional Banana Republic 'theory' and its assumption that multinational... more...

  • Rascally Signs in Sacred Placesby David E. Whisnant

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    David Whisnant provides a comprehensive analysis of the dynamic relationship between culture, power, and policy in Nicaragua over the last 450 years. Spanning a broad spectrum of popular and traditional expressive forms--including literature, music, film, and broadcast media--the book explores the evolution of Nicaraguan culture, its manipulation for... more...

  • Revolution in the Countrysideby Jim Handy

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Although most discussions of the Guatemalan "revolution" of 1944-54 focus on international and national politics, Revolution in the Countryside presents a more complex and integrated picture of this decade. Jim Handy examines the rural poor, both Maya and Ladino, as key players who had a decisive impact on the nature of change in Guatemala. He looks... more...