Invisible colonies

The US has been able to conceal its imperial nature from its own citizens, but its colonies have paid the price ■ How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States, Daniel Immerwahr, 2019, Bodley Head

A revolution of conscience

Mexico’s president-elect delivers an unforgiving critique of moral rot at the heart of power – and outlines an uplifting vision of renewal ■ A New Hope for Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, translated by Natascha Uhlmann, 2017, Pluto Press

An anarchist to the bitter end

Ironically celebrated by Mexico’s state as a heroic precursor of the Revolution, Ricardo Flores Magón rejected any compromise with the new revolutionary order ■ The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón, Claudio Lomnitz, 2014, Zone Books