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.
Sixteen Men, Seventy-Two Days, And Insurmountable Odds--The Classic Adventure Of Survival In The Andes
Paperback ISBN: 0060778660
Records the struggles and sufferings of a team of young Uruguayan rugby players as they battled for survival during the ten weeks following an airplane crash in the Andes, in a harrowing, true-life adventure. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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.
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.
Paperback ISBN: 1439110204
An authoritative portrait of the Latin-American warrior-statesman draws on a wealth of primary documents to set his life against a backdrop of the explosive tensions of 19th-century South America, providing coverage of such topics as his role in the 1813 campaign for Colombian and Venezuelan independence, his legendary love affairs and his achievements as a strategist, abolitionist and diplomat.
Hardcover ISBN: 0374280495
A sweeping and absorbing biography of Brazil, from the sixteenth century to the present For many Americans, Brazil is a land of contradictions: vast natural resources and entrenched corruption; extraordinary wealth and grinding poverty; beautiful beaches and violence-torn favelas. Brazil occupies a vivid place in the American imagination, and yet it remains largely unknown. In an extraordinary journey that spans five hundred years, from European colonization to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling’s Brazil offers a rich, dramatic history of this complex country. The authors not only reconstruct the epic story of the nation but follow the shifting byways of food, art, and popular culture; the plights of minorities; and the ups and downs of economic cycles. Drawing on a range of original scholarship in history, anthropology, political science, and economics, Schwarcz and Starling reveal a long process of unfinished social, political, and economic progress and struggle, a story in which the troubled legacy of the mixing of races and postcolonial political dysfunction persist to this day.