Trump trashes America’s reputation

Comment: Far from making America great again, Donald Trump appears to be destroying the country's reputation – especially in Latin America

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Out of isolation

A scholar rebels against a dominant perspective on the history of Haiti ––– ||| Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World, by Julia Gaffield (2015, North Carolina)

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Another kind of freedom

The Spanish-speaking world's only slave autobiography reveals a nuanced vision of freedom ––– ||| Freedom from Liberation, by Gerard Aching (2015, Indiana)

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Borders and bodies

Imperialism has shaped the racial borders established between Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the US ––– ||| The Borders of Dominicanidad, by Lorgia García-Peña (2016, Duke)

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Stalled summer of love

Chile's counterculture evolved in the crossfire of a polarising society and came under attack from both sides ––– ||| Psychedelic Chile, by Patrick Barr-Melej (2017, North Carolina)

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A long, hard look at a taboo

The Mexican response to erectile dysfunction is not always to reach for the Viagra ––– ||| Maturing Masculinities, by Emily A Wentzell (2013, Duke)

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The power to transform

The femininity of transgender women in Venezuela is shaped by power just like all forms of identity ––– ||| Queen for a Day, by Marcia Ochoa (2014, Duke)

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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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