Deep Down Dark: the Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
Paperback ISBN: 1250088941
Includes New Material Exclusive to the Paperback A Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award A Finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize A New York Times Book Review Notable Book Selected for NPR's Morning Edition Book Club When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in Deep Down Dark, he brings them to haunting, visceral life. We learn what it was like to be imprisoned inside a mountain, understand the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and experience the awe of working in such a place-underground passages filled with danger and that often felt alive. A masterwork of narrative journalism and a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit,Deep Down Dark captures the profound ways in which the lives of everyone involved in the catastrophe were forever changed.
The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru
Paperback ISBN: 0140233814
This essential book draws on the evidence of recent excavations of Peruvian sites in a remarkable survey of the civilizations which preceded the Incas. As recently as 1987, robbers discovered by far the most spectacular vestiges of the Moche people, who ruled much of Peru for the first six centuries of the Christian era. This find—a royal burial chamber shoulder-deep in gold and silver ornaments and carvings studded with jewels—has provided many powerful insights into their way of life, as Nigel Davies shows. Patterns representing a condor, a killer whale and even an 80-meter monkey, visible only from the air, are etched into a bare expanse of desert at Nazca. Davies analyzes and assesses the latest scholarly theories surrounding one of the world's great enigmas. He then turns to the key power centers of the 'middle period' in Huari and Tiahuanaco, the great coastal civilization of Chimor (the first for which we have written accounts), and its eventual defeat by the Incas around 1470 AD. Alongside the often biased conquistador chronicles, archaeology can now illuminate the Inca imperial cult, their methods of agriculture, road-building, town-planning and settlement. In this lively and compelling overview, Davies makes accessible the latest research on all these ancient kingdoms of Peru.
A Modern History
Hardcover ISBN: 1848856547
In the early 20th century, Argentina possessed one of the world’s most prosperous economies, yet since then Argentina has suffered a series of boom-and-bust cycles that have seen it fall well behind its regional neighbors. At the same time, despite the lack of significant ethnic or linguistic divisions, Argentina has failed to create an over-arching post-independence national identity and its political and social history has been marred by frictions, violence and a 50-year series of military coups d’état. In this book, Jill Hedges analyses of the modern history of Argentina from the adoption of the 1853 constitution until the present day, exploring political, economic ,and social aspects of Argentina’s recent past in a study which will be invaluable for anyone interested in South American history and politics.
The Awakening of Latin America
A Classic Anthology of Che Guevara's Writing on Latin America
Paperback ISBN: 0980429285
The name Che Guevara is synonymous with Latin America. This classic anthology on Latin America shows his cultural depth, rigorous intellect, and intense emotion. Selected from Che's personal family archives by a leading authority on Che Guevara's life and work, this includes the best of Che's writing: examples of his journalism, essays, speeches, letters, and poems, revealing his transformation from the impressionable medical student to his death as "the heroic guerrilla" in Bolivia. Nearly half of this book is published for the first time and most of these pieces pre-date Che's arrival in Cuba with Fidel Castro's guerrilla expedition in 1956. It opens with excerpts from Che's unpublished "Bicycle Diaries," his notes from a trip around Argentina on a bicycle in 1950, the year before The Motorcycle Diaries. It features unpublished poems including "To the Bolivian Miners," "My Tears for You Guatemala," and "Spain in America"; unpublished articles including "Machu-Picchu: Enigmatic Stone of America," "View from the Bank of the Greatest of Rivers," and "Workers of the United States: Friends or Enemies?" as well as fascinating notes from the reading and study program he set himself. Also included are his notes for his unpublished book, The Social Role of Doctors in Latin America. This is the book to read after The Motorcycle Diaries and his final Bolivian Diary to discover the evolution of an extraordinary mind and individual. This anthology on Latin America is destined to become an instant classic comparable to Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America.
The Canudos Campaign
Paperback ISBN: 0143106074
Written by a former army lieutenant, civil engineer, and journalist, Backlands: The Canudos Campaign, is Euclides da Cunha's vivid and poignant portrayal of Brazil's infamous War of Canudos. The deadliest civil war in Brazilian history, the conflict during the 1890s was between the government and the village of Canudos, in the northeastern state of Bahia, settled by 30,000 followers of the religious zealot Antonio Conselheiro. Far from just an objective retelling, da Cunha's story shows both the significance of this event and the complexities of Brazilian society. Featuring a new translation by Elizabeth Lowe, and an introduction by Ilan Stavans, one of Latin America's foremost scholars, this is sure to remain one of the best chronicles of war ever penned.
Benedita Da Silva
An Afro-Brazilian Woman's Story of Politics and Love
Paperback ISBN: 0935028706
The Childhood Memoirs of Carolina Maria De Jesus
Paperback ISBN: 0765602121
"Carolina (1915-77), whose childhood nickname was Bitita, evokes the hardships of her early life in 1920s-30s rural Minas Gerais. Volume was written in 1970s and posthumously published, first in French in 1982 and finally in Portuguese in 1986. This verycareful translation aims to retain inconsistencies and nonstandard grammar of the original. Valuable introduction and afterword by Levine"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.