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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The saint who haunts an empire

By tracing the plot to kill Óscar Romero and those involved, Matt Eisenbrandt adds to the pressure on the US to make amends for its role propping up El Salvador's murderous regime

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Cuba’s new woman

A study of the Cuban revolutionary Haydée Santamaría paints a moving picture of the transformative potential of revolution for women

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A truce in the forest

An environmental history of community forestry in Mexico offers valuable lessons in the global effort to reduce deforestation, increase rural incomes and protect diversity

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The sporting life

Sport is an obsession among many Latin Americans, and its study offers new avenues for scholars to explore questions of popular culture and politics

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Blooded, but bold

The Colombia Reader illustrates the many challenges to the narrative of violence that are possible in a country desperate to embark on a new chapter in its history

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A simultaneous not separate past

A globalised approach to economic history offers a radically different way of looking at Latin American nation-building

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The truth about Mexican migrants

Hard evidence about the motives of Mexican migrants to the US is the best weapon against xenophobia, and is brought together here in what will be a definitive work

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History as destiny

It is a propitious moment to explore how Cuban history reflects a quest to achieve sovereign nationhood - and to ask how that may shape its future after Castro

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Experiments that go wrong

The US occupation of the Dominican Republic in the early 20th century can tell us a great deal about Washington's inability to learn lessons

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