Latin America Essays

Christina Turner, "Textile Tradition and National Identity:  A Tangled Thread"  (1-13).

John Peeler, "Three Faces of Irony:  Domesticating Revolution in Central America"  (14-31).

Christian Maisch, "Is There an Inter-American International Law?  A Case Study of Latin American Juridical and Intellectual History as Seen Through the Debate Over the Existence of a Regional International Legal System in the Western Hemisphere"  (32-49).

Antonio Gómez, "Cuarteles de Invierno de Osvaldo Soriano:  Extraterritorialidad y 'Alegría Nacional'"  (50-56).

Ivette Guzmán-Zavala, "Visualizaciones de la maternidad:  Historias fracturadas por la migración y el colonialismo"  (57-71).

Ana Mercedes Patiño, "La condición del extranjero en tres relatos latinoamericanos para niños"  (72-83).

Carlos Rodríguez McGill, "El asesinato de Ángel Vicente Peñaloza:  Memoria popular, invención histórica y la construcción del imaginario argentino"  (84-96).

María Roof, "Más allá de la revolución:  Poesía por mujeres nicaragüenses"  (97-109).

Isabel Valiena, "Constructing Memory Through Technology:  Brand New Memory by Elías Miguel Muñoz"  (110-22).

Manuel Ángel Rodríguez, "Ruralidad, urbanización, participación federal y obra pública municipal en Guerrero"  (123-36).

Book Review.

Brian Turner, review of Regina A. Root, ed., The Latin American Fashion Reader  (NY: Berg Publishers, 2005)  (138-39).

The Amazon Basin

1491 by Charles C. Mann

Could the Amazon rain forest be a largely human artifact?

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

A quest to uncover the secrets of the Amazon

Soy in the Amazon by Pat Joseph

The name Mato Grosso translates as “dense forest,” but in recent years, the state has been subject to some of the most rampant deforestation on Earth, with land being cleared in a mad rush to graze cattle and grow crops — principally soybeans.

Heart of Dark Chocolate by Rowan Jacobsen

The race for control of an ancient strain of cacao native to the Bolivian Amazon, wild cacao, unmolested by millennia of botanical tinkering. The tropical cacao tree, which has secret things to tell us about flavor and desire.

Gone by Tom Junod

What’s it like to be kidnapped and held for ransom, not as a political prisoner but as an economic one? What’s it like to live in the Ecuadoran jungle for 141 days? What’s it like not to sleep, to be bound in chains, to have your body invaded by living things, to waste away to the point of death? This is what it’s like.

Jungle Law by William Langewiesche

In 1972, crude oil began to flow from Texaco’s wells in the area around Lago Agrio (“sour lake”), in the Ecuadorean Amazon. Reporting on an emotional battle in a makeshift jungle courtroom, the author investigates how many hundreds of square miles of surrounding rain forest became a toxic-waste dump.

Like Butterflies in the Jungle by Damon Tabor

The quest for the new El Dorado

Blood Wood by Patrick Symmes

Environmentalists are once again being murdered, while illegal logging pushes deeper into the world’s last great tropical jungle

City of Fear By William Langewiesche

For seven days last May the city of São Paulo, Brazil, teetered on the edge of a feral zone where governments and countries lose their meaning. That zone is a wilderness inhabited already by large populations worldwide, but officially denied and rarely described.

Mexico

The Lake of Fire by Daniel Hernandez

The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century

The Sicario by Charles Bowden

As I drank coffee and tried to frame questions in my mind, a crime reporter in Juárez was cut down beside his eight-year-old daughter as they sat in his car letting it warm up. This morning I tried to remember how I got to this rendezvous.

Strange Rumblings in Aztlan by Hunter S. Thompson

Aztlan - the “conquered territories” that came under the yoke of Gringo occupation troops more than 100 years ago, when “vendito politicians in Mexico City sold out to the US” in order to call off the invasion that Gringo history books refer to as the “Mexican American War.”

Silver or Lead by William Finnegan

The Mexican drug cartel La Familia gives local officials a choice: Take a bribe or a bullet.

Central America

The Nicaraguan Coconut Salesman by David Baez

The coconut salesman appears every morning in front of the tourist hotel in Jinotepe, Nicaragua. He stands there with his cart full of coconuts, his machete to hack the tops off and his bag of straws. He is in his 50s, with a pronounced belly that strains the fabric of the old T-shirts he wears, and dark, wet eyes.

Where They Love Americans… by Sean Flynn

Costa Rica is fast becoming a top sex-tourism destination where prostitution is not only legal, it’s embraced.

Pro-Life Nation By Jack Hitt

El Salvador, the vanguard of a new movement toward the criminalization of abortion.

Books

The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara

‘Notes on a Latin American Journey’

1491 by Charles C. Mann

‘New Revelations about the Americas Before Columbus’

1493 by Charles C. Mann

'Uncovering the New World Columbus Created’

The Carribean

Holy Water by Bucky McMahon

Before it was an issue, it was an island. For fifty years, with cannons, Hellfire missiles, and napalm, the U. S. Navy has bombed the daylights out of Vieques, P. R., whose best-kept secret remains a bay that glows in the dark.

Losing It at Club Med by Po Bronson

There are palm trees and pool aerobics, searching singles and satiny sands. But a week at Club Med is not what you would expect.

Cuba

On Tipping in Cuba by Chris Turner

A writer discovers the uncomfortable socio-macroeconomics of the cheap beach vacation

In Purusit of the Wild Cohiba by Ginger Strand and James Wallenstein

The world’s best cigars straight from the source.

Recruiting for the Big Parade by Terry Southern

”How I signed Up for $250 a Day for the Big Parade Through Havana Bla Bla Bla and Wound Up Working for the CIA in Guatemala.”

The Happiest Man in Cuba by Rebecca Barry

How the U.S. blockade has made Cuba a trainspotter’s paradise.

Hitchhiker’s Cuba by Dave Eggers

Getting to know Cuba by picking up strangers from the side of the road.

The Andes

An Urban Experiment by María Cristina Caballero

Mayor Mockus of Bogotá and his spectacularly applied theory

Speaking of Soup by Calvin Trillin

The culinary approach to Spanish

Colombia: The Return of Death by Martin Amis

On the streets of Colombia, young boys cripple or murder each other just for showing disrespect or for winning at a game of cards. Is the taste for violence opening up wounds that can never heal?

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