Best Colombian History Books
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1. El olvido que seremos / Forgotten We'll Be (Hispánica) (Spanish Edition)
Author: by Hector Abad Faciolince
Published at: Alfaguara; 001 edition (January 30, 2018)
Ahora con pelcula de Fernando Trueba. La obra maestra de Hctor Abad Faciolince, uno de los libros fundamentales de la literatura contempornea en espaol. El 25 de agosto de 1987 Hctor Abad Gmez, mdico y activista en pro de los derechos humanos, es asesinado en Medelln por los paramilitares.
El olvido que seremos es su biografa novelada, escrita por su propio hijo. Un relato desgarrador y emocionante sobre la familia, que refleja, al tiempo, el infierno de la violencia que ha golpeado Colombia en los ltimos cincuenta aos. Esta novela de Hctor Abad Faciolince ha sido ganadora del Premio WOLA-Duke en Derechos Humanos en Estados Unidos y del Prmio Criaao Literria Casa da America Latina de Portugal.
ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONSoon to be a movie by Fernando Trueba. Hctor Abad Faciolince’s masterpiece, one of the fundamental books in contemporary Spanish-language literature. On August 25, 1987, Hctor Abad Gmez, doctor and human rights activist, is murdered by paramilitaries in Medelln. Oblivion: A Memoir is his biographical novel, written by his own son.
2. Magdalena: River of Dreams: A Story of Colombia
Author: by Wade Davis
Published at: Knopf; Illustrated edition (September 15, 2020)
A captivating new book from Wade Davis-award-winning, best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for more than a decade-that brings vividly to life the story of the great Ro Magdalena, illuminating Colombia’s complex past, present, and futureTravelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free.
For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterly new book, Davis tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet.
As Gabriel Garca Mrquez once wrote during his own pilgrimage on the river: “The only reason I would like to be young again would be the chance to travel again on a freighter going up the Magdalena.” Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits.
3. Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
Author: by Mark Bowden
Published at: Grove Press; Reprint edition (February 20, 2018)
A tour de force of investigative journalism-Killing Pablo is the story of the violent rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the head of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar’s criminal empire held a nation of thirty million hostage in a rei
4. Bolivar: American Liberator
Author: by Marie Arana
Published at: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 8, 2014)
A brilliant biography that reads like a wonderful novel but is researched like a masterwork of history (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs), this is the epic story of the famous South American general and statesman Simn Bolvar. SIMN BOL VAR El Libertadorfreed six countries from Spanish rule and is still the most revered figure in South America today.
He traveled from Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains, engaged in endless battles and forged fragile coalitions of competing forces and races. He lived an epic life filled with heroism, tragedy (his only wife died young), and legend (he was saved from an assassination attempt by one of his mistresses).
In Bolvar, Marie Arana has written a sweeping biography that is as bold and as passionate as its subject. Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, Arana vividly captures the early nineteenth-century South America that made Bolvar the man he became: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, dedicated abolitionist, gifted writer, and flawed politician.
5. Pablo Escobar: My Father
Author: by Juan Pablo Escobar
Published at: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (August 29, 2017)
THE POPULAR SERIES NARCOS CAPTURES ONLY HALF THE TRUTH. HERE, AT LAST, IS THE FULL STORY. THE INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER! Until now, we believed that everything had been said about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the most infamous drug kingpin of all time, but these versions have always been told from the outside, never from the intimacy of his own home.
More than two decades after the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with the king of cocaine, Juan Pablo Escobar travels to the past to reveal an unabridged version of his fathera man capable of committing the most extreme acts of cruelty while simultaneously professing infinite love for his family.
This is not the story of a child seeking redemption for his father, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and the overwhelming need for peace and forgiveness.
6. Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America
Author: by Michael Reid
Published at: Yale University Press; New edition (November 14, 2017)
A newly updated edition of the best-selling primer on the social, political, and economic challenges facing Central and South America Ten years after its first publication, Michael Reid’s best-selling survey of the state of contemporary Latin America has been wholly updated to reflect the new realities of the Forgotten Continent.
The former Americas editor for the Economist, Reid suggests that much of Central and South America, though less poor, less unequal, and better educated than before, faces harder economic times now that the commodities boom of the 2000s is over.
His revised, in-depth account of the region reveals dynamic societies more concerned about corruption and climate change, the uncertainties of a Donald Trump-led United States, and a political cycle that, in many cases, is turning from left-wing populism to center-right governments.
This essential new edition provides important insights into the sweeping changes that have occurred in Latin America in recent years and indicates priorities for the future.
7. The Lost Amazon: The Pioneering Expeditions of Richard Evans Schultes
Author: by Wade Davis
Published at: Earth Aware Editions; 2nd edition (May 10, 2016)
Explore the uncharted Amazon with acclaimed botanist and pioneering Amazonian explorer, Richard Evans Schultes, guided by an intimate narrative that supplements his photography of indigenous tribes, hallucinogenic plants, stunning vistas, and much more.
8. Bolívar: Libertador de América / Bolivar: American Liberator (Biografías y Memorias) (Spanish Edition)
Author: by Marie Arana
Published at: Debate; 001 edition (May 19, 2020)
Un relato biogrfico vibrante que captura la pica historia de Simn Bolvar, El Libertador. Simn Bolvar se gan el sobrenombre de El Libertador tras poner fin al dominio espaol sobre seis pases. Su vida fue heroica, trgica y legendaria: viaj del Amazonas a los Andes, libr eternas batallas, forj alianzas entre razas rivales…
Partiendo de un gran abanico de fuentes, Marie Arana captura un vvido retrato de la Suramrica de inicios del siglo XIX, la que forj a Bolvar y lo convirti en un valeroso general, un estratega brillante, un escritor portentoso y un poltico sin parangn; en definitiva, uno de los personajes ms admirados de Latinoamrica.
Bolvar es una biografa trepidante en la que el lector hallar la imagen de una vida trgica capturada en todo su esplendor y un conmovedor manifiesto de la verdadera esencia del pueblo latinoamericano. ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONA sweeping narrative worthy of a Hollywood epic, this is the authoritative biography of the warrior-statesman who was the greatest figure in Latin American history.
9. Conquistador Voices: The Spanish Conquest of the Americas as Recounted Largely by the Participants
Author: by Kevin H Siepel
Published at: Spruce Tree Press; 1st edition (October 12, 2015)
The Spanish Conquest: What Really Happened? If you’re a person who likes to learn the messy details of events likely sanitized in your schoolbooks, Conquistador Voices may be for you. You’re likely to find this book not only informative but easy to read, because Conquistador Voices is built around first-person narrativesthe kind of thing that usually holds our attention.
Think of it as a film documentary in written form, one that tells an important story in 500-year-old sound bites and narrative, and that does so in a way that informs without moralizing. In this two-volume set you’ll find neither a defense of the conquistadors nor a politically correct polemic against them.
What you will find is a one-stop, five-part layman’s summary of the Conquest, one that delves dispassionately into persons and events we still talk about today. To see who’s covered in each volume, click on the volume’s cover image and then Look Inside.
If you like what you see, order a copy for yourself or other history buff today.
10. News of a Kidnapping (Vintage International)
Author: by Gabriel García Márquez
Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (January 8, 2008)
In 1990, fearing extradition to the United States, Pablo Escobar head of the Medelln drug cartel kidnapped ten notable Colombians to use as bargaining chips. With the eye of a poet, Garca Mrquez describes the survivors’ perilous ordeal and the bizarre drama of the negotiations for their release.
He also depicts the keening ache of Colombia after nearly forty years of rebel uprisings, right-wing death squads, currency collapse and narco-democracy. With cinematic intensity, breathtaking language and journalistic rigor, Garca Mrquez evokes the sickness that inflicts his beloved country and how it penetrates every strata of society, from the lowliest peasant to the President himself.
11. Oblivion: A Memoir
Author: by Héctor Abad
Published at: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (May 14, 2013)
“An irreplaceable testimony of the struggle for democracy and tolerance in Latin America.” El PasHctor Abad’s Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author’s father, Hctor Abad Gmez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987.
Twenty years in the writing, it paints an unforgettable picture of a man who followed his conscience and paid for it with his life during one of the darkest periods in Latin America’s recent history.
12. Colombia – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (102)
Author: by Kate Cathey
Published at: Kuperard; Second edition (June 24, 2019)
Colombia has a spectacular and variant landscape, embracing tropical beaches, highland plateaus, the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Andes, arid deserts, and dense Amazonian jungle. Colombian society is equally diverse. Stylish, cosmopolitan cities coexist with poverty in the beautiful countryside.
As a result of the 16th-century Spanish conquest, modern Colombia’s multiethnic society is a synthesis of Spanish, indigenous, and African traditionsevident in the music, in the food, and in Barranquilla’s famous Carnival. The Colombian people are emerging from decades of crushing civil war and lawlessness with their spirits unbroken.
Animated, lighthearted, and ever ready to enjoy the moment, they are looking to the future with hope and are eager to share their rich and beautiful country with the outside world. This pocket-sized book reveals Colombia’s key customs and traditions, examines life at home and at work, and introduces some distinct and delicious culinary quirks.
13. Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America
Author: by Edward Telles
Published at: University of North Carolina Press; 1St Edition (October 22, 2014)
Pigmentocracies-the fruit of the multiyear Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA)-is a richly revealing analysis of contemporary attitudes toward ethnicity and race in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, four of Latin America’s most populous nations. Based on extensive, original sociological and anthropological data generated by PERLA, this landmark study analyzes ethnoracial classification, inequality, and discrimination, as well as public opinion about Afro-descended and indigenous social movements and policies that foster greater social inclusiveness, all set within an ethnoracial history of each country.
A once-in-a-generation examination of contemporary ethnicity, this book promises to contribute in significant ways to policymaking and public opinion in Latin America. Edward Telles, PERLA’s principal investigator, explains that profound historical and political forces, including multiculturalism, have helped to shape the formation of ethnic identities and the nature of social relations within and across nations.
14. The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself
Author: by David Bushnell
Published at: University of California Press (February 9, 1993)
Colombia’s status as the fourth largest nation in Latin America and third most populousas well as its largest exporter of such disparate commodities as emeralds, books, processed cocaine, and cut flowersmakes this, the first history of Colombia written in English, a much-needed book.
It tells the remarkable story of a country that has consistently defied modern Latin American stereotypesa country where military dictators are virtually unknown, where the political left is congenitally weak, and where urbanization and industrialization have spawned no lasting populist movement.
There is more to Colombia than the drug trafficking and violence that have recently gripped the world’s attention. In the face of both cocaine wars and guerrilla conflict, the country has maintained steady economic growth as well as a relatively open and democratic government based on a two-party system.
It has also produced an impressive body of art and literature. David Bushnell traces the process of state-building in Colombia from the struggle for independence, territorial consolidation, and reform in the nineteenth century to economic development and social and political democratization in the twentieth.
15. There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia
Author: by Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
Published at: Bold Type Books; Illustrated edition (February 27, 2018)
The bloody story of the rise of paramilitaries in Colombia, told through three characters – a fearless activist, a dogged journalist, and a relentless investigator – whose lives intersected in the midst of unspeakable terror. Colombia’s drug-fueled cycle of terror, corruption, and tragedy did not end with Pablo Escobar’s death in 1993.
Just when Colombians were ready to move past the murderous legacy of the country’s cartels, a new, bloody chapter unfolded. In the late 1990s, right-wing paramilitary groups with close ties to the cocaine business carried out a violent expansion campaign, massacring, raping, and torturing thousands.
There Are No Dead Here is the harrowing story of three ordinary Colombians who risked everything to reveal the collusion between the new mafia and much of the country’s military and political establishment: JesrValle, a human rights activist who was murdered for exposing a dark secret; IvVeluez, a quiet prosecutor who took up Valle’s cause and became an unlikely hero; and Ricardo Caldera dogged journalist who is still being targeted for his revelations.
16. Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas (Histories of Economic Life, 2)
Author: by Professor Amy C. Offner
Published at: Princeton University Press (September 17, 2019)
The untold story of how welfare and development programs in the United States and Latin America produced the instruments of their own destructionIn the years after 1945, a flood of U.S. Advisors swept into Latin America with dreams of building a new economic order and lifting the Third World out of poverty.
These businessmen, economists, community workers, and architects went south with the gospel of the New Deal on their lips, but Latin American realities soon revealed unexpected possibilities within the New Deal itself. In Colombia, Latin Americans and U.S. Advisors ended up decentralizing the state, privatizing public functions, and launching austere social welfare programs.
By the 1960s, they had remade the country’s housing projects, river valleys, and universities. They had also generated new lessons for the United States itself. When the Johnson administration launched the War on Poverty, U.S. Social movements, business associations, and government agencies all promised to repatriate the lessons of development, and they did so by multiplying the uses of austerity and for-profit contracting within their own welfare state.