Best Nicaragua History Books
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1. The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
Author: by Douglas Preston
Published at: Grand Central Publishing; Illustrated edition (September 5, 2017)
The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe and National Geographic: acclaimed journalist Douglas Preston takes readers on a true adventure deep into the Honduran rainforest in this riveting narrative about the discovery of a lost civilization – culminating in a stunning medical mystery.
Since the days of conquistador Hernn Corts, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die.
In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location. Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest.
2. The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War
Author: by Gioconda Belli
Published at: Anchor; Reprint edition (October 14, 2003)
“A passionate, lyrical, tough-minded account of an extraordinary life in art, revolution, and love. It’s a book to relish, to read and re-read. Unforgettable.” -Salmon RushdieAn electrifying memoir from the acclaimed Nicaraguan writer (A wonderfully free and original talentHarold Pinter) and central figure in the Sandinista Revolution.
Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and motherhood. But in 1970, everything changed. Her growing dissatisfaction with domestic life, and a blossoming awareness of the social inequities in Nicaragua, led her to join the Sandinistas, then a burgeoning but still hidden organization.
She would be involved with them over the next twenty years at the highest, and often most dangerous, levels. Her memoir is both a revelatory insider’s account of the Revolution and a vivid, intensely felt story about coming of age under extraordinary circumstances.
3. Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua, With New Afterword (Series on Latin American Studies)
Author: by Stephen Kinzer
Published at: Harvard University Press; 1st edition (September 30, 2007)
In 1976, at age twenty-five, Stephen Kinzer arrived in Nicaragua as a freelance journalistand became a witness to history. He returned many times during the years that followed, becoming Latin America correspondent for the Boston Globe in 1981 and joining the foreign staff of the New York Times in 1983.
That year he opened the New York Times Managua bureau, making that newspaper the first daily in America to maintain a full-time office in Nicaragua. Widely considered the best-connected journalist in Central America, Kinzer personally met and interviewed people at every level of the Somoza, Sandinistas and contra hierarchies, as well as dissidents, heads of state, and countless ordinary citizens throughout the region.
Blood of Brothers is Kinzer’s dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggle that burst into the headlines in 1979 with the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship. It is a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection.
4. The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures (Palgrave Essential Histories Series)
Author: by Marshall C. Eakin
Published at: St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (June 12, 2007)
This narrative history of Latin America surveys five centuries in less than five hundred pages. The first third of the book moves from the Americas before Columbus to the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century. The construction of new nations and peoples in the nineteenth century forms the middle third, and the final section analyzes economic development, rising political participation, and the search of identity over the last century.
The collision of peoples and cultures-Native Americans, Europeans, Africans-that defines Latin America, and gives it both its unity and diversity, provides the central theme of this concise, synthetic history.
5. Confronting the American Dream: Nicaragua under U.S. Imperial Rule (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
Author: by Michel Gobat
Published at: Duke University Press Books (December 27, 2005)
Michel Gobat deftly interweaves political, economic, cultural, and diplomatic history to analyze the reactions of Nicaraguans to U.S. Intervention in their country from the heyday of Manifest Destiny in the midnineteenth century through the U.S. Occupation of 191233. Drawing on extensive research in Nicaraguan and U.S.
Archives, Gobat accounts for two seeming paradoxes that have long eluded historians of Latin America: that Nicaraguans so strongly embraced U.S. Political, economic, and cultural forms to defend their own nationality against U.S. Imposition and that the country’s wealthiest and most Americanized elites were transformed from leading supporters of U.S.
Imperial rule into some of its greatest opponents. Gobat focuses primarily on the reactions of the elites to Americanization, because the power and identity of these Nicaraguans were the most significantly affected by U.S.Imperial rule. He describes their adoption of aspects of the American way of life in the midnineteenth century as strategic rather than wholesale.Chronicling the U.S.
6. El país bajo mi piel / The Country Under My Skin (Spanish Edition)
Author: by Gioconda Belli
Published at: Vintage Espanol; Illustrated edition (October 14, 2003)
Tras casarse muy jven y ser madre, Gioconda Belli se uni al clandestino y emergente movimiento Sandinista, sustituyendo su deseo de ser una buena esposa por la necesidad de vivir una vida plena y comprometida con los cambios sociales en su pas.
Irnicamente, su pertenencia a la burguesa y su carrera como poeta renombrada, le brindaron la fachada que le permiti funcionar, secretamente, como rebelde. Desde su infancia en Managua y sus encuentros iniciales con poetas y revolucionarios, a persecuciones urbanas, reuniones con Fidel Castro, relaciones amorosas truncadas por la muerte o el exilio en Mxico y Costa Rica, hasta su inesperado matrimonio con un periodista norteamericano, la historia de Gioconda Belli es tanto la de una mujer que se descubre a s misma, como la de una nacin que forja su destino.
ENGLISH DESCRIPTION”A passionate, lyrical, tough-minded account of an extraordinary life in art, revolution, and love. It’s a book to relish, to read and re-read. Unforgettable.” -Salmon Rushdie An electrifying memoir from the acclaimed Nicaraguan writer (A wonderfully free and original talentHarold Pinter) and central figure in the Sandinista Revolution.
7. Walking the Americas: 1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey from Mexico to Colombia
Author: by Levison Wood
Published at: Grove Press; Reprint edition (December 11, 2018)
Levison Wood’s famous walking expeditions have taken him from the length of the Nile River to the peaks of the Himalayas, and in Walking the Americas, Wood chronicles his latest exhilarating adventure: an 1,800-mile trek across the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia.
Beginning in the Yucatnand moving south through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and PanamaWood’s journey takes him from sleepy barrios to glamorous cities to Mayan ruins lying unexcavated in the wilderness. Wood encounters indigenous tribes in Mexico, revolutionaries in a Nicaraguan refugee camp, fellow explorers, and migrants heading toward the United States.
The relationships he forges along the way are at the heart of his travelsand the personal histories, cultures, and popular legends he discovers paint a riveting history of Mexico and Central America. While contending with the region’s natural obstacles like quicksand, flashfloods, and dangerous wildlife, he also partakes in family meals with local hosts, learns to build an emergency shelter, negotiates awkward run-ins with policemen, and witnesses the surreal beauty of Central America’s landscapes, from cascading waterfalls and sunny beaches to the spectacular ridgelines of the Honduran highlands.
8. Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada
Author: by Maria Cristina Garcia
Published at: University of California Press; First edition (March 6, 2006)
The political upheaval in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala had a devastating human toll at the end of the twentieth century. A quarter of a million people died during the period 1974-1996. Many of those who survived the wars chose temporary refuge in neighboring countries such as Honduras and Costa Rica.
Others traveled far north, to Mexico, the United States, and Canada in search of safety. Over two million of those who fled Central America during this period settled in these three countries. In this incisive book, Mara Cristina Garca tells the story of that migration and how domestic and foreign policy interests shaped the asylum policies of Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
She describes the experiences of the individuals and non-governmental organizationsprimarily church groups and human rights organizationsthat responded to the refugee crisis, and worked within and across borders to shape refugee policy. These transnational advocacy networks collected testimonies, documented the abuses of states, re-framed national debates about immigration, pressed for changes in policy, and ultimately provided a voice for the displaced.
9. Sandinistas: A Moral History
Author: by Robert J. Sierakowski
Published at: University of Notre Dame Press; Illustrated edition (December 31, 2019)
Robert J.Sierakowski’s Sandinistas: A Moral History offers a bold new perspective on the liberation movement that brought the Sandinista National Liberation Front to power in Nicaragua in 1979, overthrowing the longest-running dictatorship in Latin America. Unique sources, from trial transcripts to archival collections and oral histories, offer a new vantage point beyond geopolitics and ideologies to understand the central role that was played by everyday Nicaraguans.
Focusing on the country’s rural north, Sierakowski explores how a diverse coalition of labor unionists, student activists, housewives, and peasants inspired by Catholic liberation theology came to successfully challenge the legitimacy of the Somoza dictatorship and its entrenched networks of power.
Mobilizing communities against the ubiquitous cantinas, gambling halls, and brothels, grassroots organizers exposed the regime’s complicity in promoting social ills, disorder, and quotidian violence while helping to construct radical new visions of moral uplift and social renewal. Sierakowski similarly recasts our understanding of the Nicaraguan National Guard, grounding his study of the Somozas’ army in the social and cultural world of the ordinary soldiers who enlisted and fought in defense of the dictatorship.
10. William Walker's Wars: How One Man's Private American Army Tried to Conquer Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras
Author: by Scott Martelle
Published at: Chicago Review Press; Illustrated edition (November 6, 2018)
In the decade before the onset of the Civil War, groups of Americans engaged in a series of longshotand illegalforays into Mexico, Cuba, and other Central American countries in hopes of taking them over. These efforts became known as filibustering, and their goal was to seize territory to create new independent fiefdoms, which would ultimately be annexed by the still-growing United States.
Most failed miserably. William Walker was the outlier. Short, slender, and soft-spoken with no military backgroundhe trained as a doctor before becoming a lawyer and then a newspaper editorWalker was an unlikely leader of rough-hewn men and adventurers. But in 1856 he managed to install himself as president of Nicaragua.
Neighboring governments saw Walker as a risk to the region and worked together to drive him outefforts aided, incongruously, by the United States’ original tycoon, Cornelius Vanderbilt. William Walker’s Wars is a story of greedy dreams and ambitions, the fate of nations and personal fortunes, and the dark side of Manifest Destiny, for among Walker’s many goals was to build his own empire based on slavery.
11. They Came to Belize, 1750-1810.: Compiled from Records of Jamaica, the Mosquito Shore, and Belize at the British & Belize National Archives
Author: by Sonia Bennett Murray
Published at: Clearfield (March 7, 2017)
This book identifies over 7,500 persons who lived or came to Belize (British Honduras) from the mid-18th century to the early 19th century. Mrs. Murray has added lengthy annotations to the source materials that shed light on the events and persons who figure in the sketches.
Belize’s population comprised Spanish, Scottish, English, Irish, African.
12. A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean (Viewpoints / Puntos de Vista)
Author: by Alan McPherson
Published at: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (March 21, 2016)
A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean presents a concise account of the full sweep of U.S. Military invasions and interventions in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean from 1800 up to the present day.
Engages in debates about the economic, military, political, and cultural motives that shaped U.S. Interventions in Cuba, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, and elsewhere Deals with incidents that range from the taking of Florida to the Mexican War, the War of 1898, the Veracruz incident of 1914, the Bay of Pigs, and the 1989 invasion of Panama Features also the responses of Latin American countries to U.S.
Involvement Features unique coverage of 19th century interventions as well as 20th century incidents, and includes a series of helpful maps and illustrations
13. Strategic Intelligence in the Cold War and Beyond (The Making of the Contemporary World)
Author: by Jefferson Adams
Published at: Routledge; 1st edition (September 3, 2014)
Strategic Intelligence in the Cold War and Beyond looks at the many events, personalities, and controversies in the field of intelligence and espionage since the end of World War II. A crucial but often neglected topic, strategic intelligence took on added significance during the protracted struggle of the Cold War.
In this accessible volume, Jefferson Adams places these important developments in their historical context, taking a global approach to themes including various undertakings from both sides in the Cold War, with emphasis on covert action and deception operations controversial episodes involving Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Poland, and Afghanistan as well as numerous lesser known occurrences.
Three Cold War spy profiles which explore the role of human psychology in intelligence work the technological dimension spies in fiction, film and television developments in the intelligence organizations of both sides in the decade following the fall of the Berlin wall Supplemented by suggestions for further reading, a glossary of key terms, and a timeline of important events, this is an essential read for all those interested in the modern history of espionage.