The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance
Hardcover ISBN: 0061492175
Poses a controversial argument that China initiated the Renaissance, in a painstakingly researched chronicle that cites the appearance of Chinese ambassadors in early fifteenth-century Tuscany who met with Pope Eugenius IV and shared history-influencing maps and technology. 150,000 first printing.
A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Paperback ISBN: 0143111973
A history of the Pilgrim settlement of New England challenges popular misconceptions, discussing such topics as the diseases of European origin suffered by the Wampanoag tribe, the fragile working relationship between the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors, and the devastating impact of the King Philip's War. By the author of Sea of Glory. Reprint.
Death of a Guatemalan Village
Paperback ISBN: 0915306654
TESTIMONY: DEATH OF A GUATEMALAN VILLAGE is an eyewitness account by a Guatemalan primary school teacher detailing one instance of violent conflict between the indigenous Maya people and the army. An accidental clash between the village's "civil patrol" and a Guatemalan army troop leads to the execution or imprisonment of many villagers. Written in clear, direct prose, this account reads like an adventure story while conveying an historical reality.
Harvest of Empire
A History of Latinos in America
Paperback ISBN: 0140255397
A noted Hispanic journalist sheds new light on the history of Latinos in America, ranging from the first sixteenth-century colonies in the New World through the 1998 presidential election, and offers close-up portraits of distinguished Americans of Hispanic descent who have played a key role in the ever-evolving face of American life. Reprint.
Armies of the War of the Pacific 1879-83
Chile, Peru & Bolivia
Paperback ISBN: 1472814061
The Pacific War was the climax of the decades-long Wars of Liberation, and is one of the most important conflicts in South American history. After winning their independence from Spain in 1825, Peru and Bolivia became separate nations - but over the following years repeated attempts to re-unite them were frustrated by the neighboring powers, particularly Chile. By the 1870s Chilean military superiority and expansionist policies exploded into full scale conflict. This book examines the troops, uniforms and equipment used by forces on all three sides of the conflict and traces the events of the war from the early naval blockades to the full-scale amphibious landings undertaken by the Chilean forces. The war ended in total victory for Chile, and that country's emergence thereafter as 'the Prussia of South America', while it cost Peru a lucrative province, and Bolivia its outlet to the Pacific coast.
Dancing With the Devil in the City of God
Rio De Janeiro and the Olympic Dream
Paperback ISBN: 1476756260
A portrait of the city of Rio de Janeiro describes how the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games have prompted resolutions for long-standing regional challenges—including drug wars, corruption and urban decline. A first book.
The Burning Season
The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest
Hardcover ISBN: 039552394x
"A well-written and sympathetic biography of the late Chico Mendes, leader of the Acre rubber tappers who was assassinated in Dec. 1988. Uses biographical format successfully to probe the wider economic, social, and political questions of Amazonian development. Excellent for classroom use"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57. Chronicles the life, work, and murder of Chico Mendes, the Brazilian environmentalist and spokesperson for rainforest preservation
The Lost City of Z
A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Paperback ISBN: 1400078458
Interweaves the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who vanished during a 1925 expedition into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, with the author's own adventure-filled quest into the uncharted wilderness to uncover the mysteries surrounding Fawcett's final journey and the secrets of what really lies deep in the Amazon jungle. Reprint. A best-selling book.
The Speed of Dreams
Selected Writings 2001-2007
Paperback ISBN: 0872864782
This volume collects writings by Mexican Zapatista insurgent Subcomandante Marcos made public following the publication of Our Word Is Our Weapon in 2001. Among the 40 writings collected are "literary" allegorical, philosophical, and poetic texts, as well as shorter examples of historical or logistical communiqués that the editors feel "reflect the poetics of praxis." Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)