Best Caribbean & Latin American Politics Books

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1. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

Author: by C.L.R. James
Published at: Vintage; 2nd ed. edition (October 23, 1989)
ISBN: 978-0679724674

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A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World. This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba.

It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined. And it is the story of a barely literate slave named Toussaint L’Ouverture, who led the black people of San Domingo in a successful struggle against successive invasions by overwhelming French, Spanish, and English forces and in the process helped form the first independent nation in the Caribbean.

2. War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony

Author: by Nelson A Denis
Published at: Bold Type Books; Reprint edition (March 29, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1568585611

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The powerful, untold story of the 1950 revolution in Puerto Rico and the long history of U.S. Intervention on the island, that the New York Times says “could not be more timely.” In 1950, after over fifty years of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States.

Violence swept through the island: assassins were sent to kill President Harry Truman, gunfights roared in eight towns, police stations and post offices were burned down. In order to suppress this uprising, the US Army deployed thousands of troops and bombarded two towns, marking the first time in history that the US government bombed its own citizens.Nelson A.

Denis tells this powerful story through the controversial life of Pedro Albizu Campos, who served as the president of the Nationalist Party. A lawyer, chemical engineer, and the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard Law School, Albizu Campos was imprisoned for twenty-five years and died under mysterious circumstances.

3. The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World

Author: by Vincent Bevins
Published at: PublicAffairs (May 19, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1541742406

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2020 BY NPR, THE FINANCIAL TIMES, AND GQThe hidden story of the wanton slaughter – in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world – backed by the United States.In 1965, the U.S. Government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians.

This was one of the most important turning points of the twentieth century, eliminating the largest communist party outside China and the Soviet Union and inspiring copycat terror programs in faraway countries like Brazil and Chile. But these events remain widely overlooked, precisely because the CIA’s secret interventions were so successful.

In this bold and comprehensive new history, Vincent Bevins builds on his incisive reporting for the Washington Post, using recently declassified documents, archival research and eye-witness testimony collected across twelve countries to reveal a shocking legacy that spans the globe.

For decades, it’s been believed that parts of the developing world passed peacefully into the U.S. Led capitalist system. The Jakarta Method demonstrates that the brutal extermination of unarmed leftists was a fundamental part of Washington’s final triumph in the Cold War.

4. El traidor. El diario secreto del hijo del Mayo / The Traitor. The secret diary of Mayo's son (Spanish Edition)

Author: by Anabel Hernandez
Published at: Grijalbo; Illustrated edition (January 21, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1644731505

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El traidor es uno de los trabajos periodsticos ms ambiciosos en la trayectoria de Anabel Hernndez. Su historia se remonta a enero de 2011, cuando la contact uno de los abogados de Vicente Zambada Niebla, mejor conocido como Vicentillo, quien enfrentaba un juicio en una corte de Chicago.

La intencin era compartir con la periodista documentos y hechos que ampliaban y esclarecan varios de los episodios que acababa de dar a conocer en Los seores del narco. Entre los documentos a los que tuvo acceso se encuentran el inquietante autorretrato como payaso que aparece en la portada y los diarios realizados por Vicentillo durante las negociaciones para colaborar con el gobierno norteamericano, los cuales hasta ahora eran secretos.

En ellos el capo reconstruy su historia y la historia de una de las organizaciones de trfico de estupefacientes ms grandes del planeta. A lo largo de estas pginas, la autora se adentra en el Crtel de Sinaloa a travs del relato de Vicentillo, quien exhibe de manera descarnada cmo funciona el sistema interno que da vida a la organizacin criminal, la violencia, las mil formas de traficar droga y la complicidad entre polticos, empresarios y fuerzas del orden.

5. Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

Author: by Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company (November 10, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1324001546

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What modern authoritarian leaders have in common (and how they can be stopped). Ruth Ben-Ghiat is the expert on the “strongman” playbook employed by authoritarian demagogues from Mussolini to Putinenabling her to predict with uncanny accuracy the recent experience in America.

In Strongmen, she lays bare the blueprint these leaders have followed over the past 100 years, and empowers us to recognize, resist, and prevent their disastrous rule in the future. For ours is the age of authoritarian rulers: self-proclaimed saviors of the nation who evade accountability while robbing their people of truth, treasure, and the protections of democracy.

They promise law and order, then legitimize lawbreaking by financial, sexual, and other predators. They use masculinity as a symbol of strength and a political weapon. Taking what you want, and getting away with it, becomes proof of male authority.

They use propaganda, corruption, and violence to stay in power. Vladimir Putin and Mobutu Sese Seko’s kleptocracies, Augusto Pinochet’s torture sites, Benito Mussolini and Muammar Gaddafi’s systems of sexual exploitation, and Silvio Berlusconi and Donald Trump’s relentless misinformation: all show how authoritarian rule, far from ensuring stability, is marked by destructive chaos.

6. Orientalism

Author: by Edward W. Said
Published at: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (October 12, 1979)
ISBN: 978-0394740676

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More than three decades after its first publication, Edward Said’s groundbreaking critique of the West’s historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East has become a modern classic. In this wide-ranging, intellectually vigorous study, Said traces the origins of “orientalism” to the centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle and Near East and, from its position of power, defined “the orient” simply as “other than” the occident.

This entrenched view continues to dominate western ideas and, because it does not allow the East to represent itself, prevents true understanding. Essential, and still eye-opening, Orientalism remains one of the most important books written about our divided world.

7. Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels

Author: by Ioan Grillo
Published at: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (February 23, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1635572780

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An eye-opening and riveting account of how guns make it into the black market and into the hands of criminals and drug lords. Adam WinklerFrom the author of El Narco, a searing investigation into the enormous black market for firearms, essential to cartels and gangs in the drug trade and contributing to the epidemic of mass shootings.

The gun control debate is revived with every mass shooting. But far more people die from gun deaths on the street corners of inner city America and across the border as Mexico’s powerful cartels battle to control the drug trade.

Guns and drugs aren’t often connected in our heated discussions of gun control-but they should be. In Ioan Grillo’s groundbreaking new work of investigative journalism, he shows us this connection by following the market for guns in the Americas and how it has made the continent the most murderous on earth.

Grillo travels to gun manufacturers, strolls the aisles of gun shows and gun shops, talks to FBI agents who have infiltrated biker gangs, hangs out on Baltimore street corners, and visits the ATF gun tracing center in West Virginia. Along the way, he details the many ways that legal guns can cross over into the black market and into the hands of criminals, fueling violence here and south of the border.

8. Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism

Author: by Laura E. Gómez
Published at: The New Press (August 25, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1595589170

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Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR A timely and groundbreaking argument that all Americans must grapple with Latinos’ dynamic racial identitybecause it impacts everything we think we know about race in America Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants rather than a longstanding racial group.

In Inventing Latinos Laura Gmez a leading expert on race law and society illuminates the fascinating race-making unmaking and re-making of Latino identity that has spanned centuries leaving a permanent imprint on how race operates in the United States today.

Pulling back the lens as the country approaches an unprecedented demographic shift (Latinos will comprise a third of the American population in a matter of decades) Gmez also reveals the nefarious roles the United States has played in Latin Americafrom military interventions and economic exploitation to political interferencethat taken together have destabilized national economies to send migrants northward over the course of more than a century.

9. The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

Author: by Ernesto Che Guevara
Published at: Ocean Press; First Edition, Second Printing (August 1, 2003)
ISBN: 978-1876175702

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The book of the popular movie STARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNAL NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The young Che Guevara’s lively and highly entertaining travel diary, now a popular movie and a New York Times bestseller. This new, expanded edition features exclusive, unpublished photos taken by the 23-year-old Ernesto on his journey across a continent, and a tender preface by Aleida Guevara, offering an insightful perspective on the man and the icon.

A journey, a number of journeys. Ernesto Guevara in search of adventure, Ernesto Guevara in search of America, Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this journey of journeys, solitude found solidarity, I’ turned into we’. Eduardo Galeano When I read these notes for the first time, I was quite young myself and I immediately identified with this man who narrated his adventures in such a spontaneous manner To tell you the truth, the more I read, the more I was in love with the boy my father had been Aleida Guevara Our film is about a young man, Che, falling in love with a continent and finding his place in it.

10. The Young Lords: A Radical History

Author: by Johanna Fernández
Published at: University of North Carolina Press (February 17, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1469653440

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Against the backdrop of America’s escalating urban rebellions in the 1960s, an unexpected cohort of New York radicals unleashed a series of urban guerrilla actions against the city’s racist policies and contempt for the poor. Their dramatic flair, uncompromising vision, and skillful ability to link local problems to international crises riveted the media, alarmed New York’s political class, and challenged nationwide perceptions of civil rights and black power protest.

The group called itself the Young Lords. Utilizing oral histories, archival records, and an enormous cache of police records released only after a decade-long Freedom of Information Law request and subsequent court battle, Johanna Fernandez has written the definitive account of the Young Lords, from their roots as a street gang to their rise and fall as a political organization.

Led predominantly by poor and working-class Puerto Rican youth, and consciously fashioned after the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords confronted race and class inequality and questioned American foreign policy. Their imaginative, irreverent protests and media conscious tactics won significant reforms and exposed U.S.

11. The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America

Author: by Greg Grandin
Published at: Metropolitan Books; Reprint edition (January 14, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1250214850

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEA new and eye-opening interpretation of the meaning of the frontier, from early westward expansion to Trump’s border wall. Ever since this nation’s inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity.

Symbolizing a future of endless promise, it was the foundation of the United States’ belief in itself as an exceptional nation democratic, individualistic, forward-looking. Today, though, America hasa new symbol: the border wall. In The End of the Myth, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaning of the frontier throughout the full sweep of U.S.

History from the American Revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. For centuries, he shows, America’s constant expansion fighting wars and opening markets served as a gate of escape, helping to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts outward.

But this deflection meant that the country’s problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. And now, the combined catastrophe of the 2008 financial meltdown and our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political passions that had long been directed elsewhere back home.


The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty
Author: by Daron Acemoglu
Published at: Penguin Books (September 22, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0735224407

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From the authors of the international bestseller Why Nations Fail, a crucial new big-picture framework that answers the question of how liberty flourishes in some states but falls to authoritarianism or anarchy in others-and explains how it can continue to thrive despite new threats.

In Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson argued that countries rise and fall based not on culture, geography, or chance, but on the power of their institutions. In their new book, they build a new theory about liberty and how to achieve it, drawing a wealth of evidence from both current affairs and disparate threads of world history.

Liberty is hardly the “natural” order of things. In most places and at most times, the strong have dominated the weak and human freedom has been quashed by force or by customs and norms. Either states have been too weak to protect individuals from these threats, or states have been too strong for people to protect themselves from despotism.

Liberty emerges only when a delicate and precarious balance is struck between state and society. There is a Western myth that political liberty is a durable construct, arrived at by a process of “enlightenment.” This static view is a fantasy, the authors argue.

13. Los señores del narco / Narcoland (Spanish Edition)

Author: by Anabel Hernandez
Published at: Debolsillo (March 24, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1644732069

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Los seores del narco es una descarnada crnica sobre las alarmantes complicidades de los altos crculos polticos, policiacos, militares y empresariales con el crimen organizado. Esta segunda edicin de Los seores del narco, revisada y actualizada, incluye la entrevista indita del Chapo con la DEA.

Anabel Hernndez tuvo acceso no slo a una vasta documentacin, indita hasta hoy, sino a testimonios directos de autoridades y expertos en el tema, as como de personas involucradas con los principales crteles mexicanos de la droga. Esto le ha permitido examinar rigurosamente el origen de la sangrienta lucha por el poder entre los grupos criminales, y cuestionar la “guerra” del gobierno federal contra la delincuencia organizada.

Al investigar las intrincadas redes de contubernios, la autora tuvo que remontarse a la dcada de 1970, cuando se controlaba el trfico de enervantes haciendo que los narcos prcticamente pagaran impuestos al gobierno. En su inquietante recorrido avanza hacia los aos ochenta, cuando los jefes de la organizacin criminal del Pacfico, auspiciados por la CIA, incursionaron en el jugoso negocio de la cocana, y nos conduce hasta el surgimiento de poderosos capos como los hermanos Beltrn Leyva, Ismael El Mayo Zambada o Joaqun Guzmn Loera, quienes lograron penetrar las estructuras del Estado y ponerlas a su servicio.

14. Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination

Author: by Adom Getachew
Published at: Princeton University Press (April 28, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0691202341

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Decolonization revolutionized the international order during the twentieth century. Yet standard histories that present the end of colonialism as an inevitable transition from a world of empires to one of nationsa world in which self-determination was synonymous with nation-buildingobscure just how radical this change was.

Drawing on the political thought of anticolonial intellectuals and statesmen such as Nnamdi Azikiwe, W.E. B Du Bois, George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah, Eric Williams, Michael Manley, and Julius Nyerere, this important new account of decolonization reveals the full extent of their unprecedented ambition to remake not only nations but the world.

Adom Getachew shows that African, African American, and Caribbean anticolonial nationalists were not solely or even primarily nation-builders. Responding to the experience of racialized sovereign inequality, dramatized by interwar Ethiopia and Liberia, Black Atlantic thinkers and politicians challenged international racial hierarchy and articulated alternative visions of worldmaking.

15. Guerra Contra Todos los Puertorriqueños: Revolución y Terror en la Colonia Americana

Author: by Nelson A Denis
Published at: Bold Type Books; Illustrated edition (November 24, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1568585451

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“Prepse para ser enfurecido. Una lectura obligada y reveladora.” – Robert Domuez, New York Daily News En 1950, despu’s de cincuenta ade ocupaciilitar y gobierno colonial, el Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico monta fallida revolucirmada contra Estados Unidos. La violencia arraso con la isla: comandos nacionalistas fueron enviados a Washington a ajusticiar al presidente Harry Truman, se desataron tiroteos en ocho municipios, se incendiaron cuarteles policiacos y oficinas de correo.

Para sofocar esta insurrecciel Ej’rcito de Estados Unidos desplegles de tropas y ametralls pueblos desde el aire, marcando la primera vez en su historia que el gobierno estadounidense atac esta forma a sus propios ciudadanos. Por medio de narraciones orales, entrevistas personales, relatos de testigos oculares, testimonios del Congreso de Estados Unidos y archivos recientemente liberados al po por el FBI, Guerra Contra Todos los Puertorrique/I nos relata la historia de una revolucilvidada y su contexto en la historia grande de Puerto Rico, desde la invasistadounidense de 1898 hasta la lucha actual por la plena autodeterminacie los puertorrique

16. Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Author: by Mark Pendergrast
Published at: Basic Books; New edition (July 9, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1541699380

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The definitive history of the world’s most popular drugUncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous “Coffee Crisis” that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the “third-wave” of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs.

As the scope of coffee culture continues to expand, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world’s favorite beverages.