Genocide and empire

The grotesque violence unleashed against Guatemala's indigenous people during its civil war was as much a legacy of imperialism as the subsequent invisibility of this crime against humanity ––– ||| The Origins and Dynamics of Genocide, by Roddy Brett (2015, Palgrave Macmillan)

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An Andean Odyssey

The story of child soldier Lurgio Gavilán Sánchez takes us to the dark heart of Peru's civil war ––– ||| When Rains Became Floods, by Lurgio Gavilán Sánchez (2015, Duke)

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The invisible slaves

Original scholarship sheds new light on the 650,000 indigenous people enslaved in the 16th century Iberian world ––– ||| Global Indios, by Nancy E van Deusen (2015, Duke)

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Back from the brink

Comment: Deforestation is emblematic of the high cost Latin America has paid for development, but there is encouraging evidence that the region is nurturing forests back to life

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Meddling in Mexico

A vivid account of Victoriano Huerta's dictatorship confirms the enduring appeal to scholars of Mexico's revolution ––– ||| Murder and Counterrevolution in Mexico, ed Friedrich E Schuler (2015, Nebraska)

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Slums with democratic muscle

Residents of Rio's favelas played a heroic role in democratization, but are yet to win full citizenship ––– ||| Hard Times in the Marvelous City, by Bryan McCann (2014, Duke)

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Gripping scholarship

Move over Hunter Thompson, Daniel Goldstein is here ... and cultural anthropology will never be the same again ––– ||| Owners of the Sidewalk, by Daniel M Goldstein (2016, Duke)

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Radio days in the Caribbean

A well informed history of radio broadcasting explores key cultural and political questions ––– ||| Isles of Noise, by Alejandra Bronfman (2016, North Carolina)

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A culture of insecurity

A valuable study of the culture of urban risk in Latin America's troubled mega cities ––– ||| Endangered City, by Austin Zeiderman (2016, Duke)

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Peru’s titan

The first complete historical overview of the writing of Mario Vargas Llosa ––– ||| Mario Vargas Llosa, by Raymond Leslie Williams (2014, Texas)

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