BOOKS RECEIVED: Gustavo Politis, “Nukak: Ethnoarchaeology of an Amazonian People” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
From Gustavo Politis, one of the most renowned South American archaeologists, comes the first in-depth study in English of the last “undiscovered” people of the Amazon. His work is groundbreaking and urgent, both because of encroaching guerrilla violence that makes… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel, “Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing” (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015)
More than just a cookbook, Decolonize Your Diet redefines what is meant by “traditional” Mexican food by reaching back through hundreds of years of history to reclaim heritage crops as a source of protection from modern diseases of development. Authors… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Pablo Garcia Laoeza and Victoria L. Garrett, eds., “The Improbable Conquest: Sixteenth-Century Letters from the Río de la Plata” (Penn State UP, 2014)
The Improbable Conquest offers translations of a series of little-known letters from the chaotic Spanish conquest of the Río de la Plata region, uncovering a rich and understudied historical resource. These letters were written by a wide variety of individuals,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Brian, Benton, and Garcia Loaeza, eds., “The Native Conquistador: Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Account of the Conquest of New Spain” (Penn State UP, 2015)
For many years, scholars of the conquest worked to shift focus away from the Spanish perspective and bring attention to the often-ignored voices and viewpoints of the Indians. But recent work that highlights the “Indian conquistadors” has forced scholars to… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ricardo Hausmann and Francisco Rodriguez, “Venezuela Before Chavez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse” (Penn State UP, 2015)
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Venezuela had one of the poorest economies in Latin America, but by 1970 it had become the richest country in the region and one of the twenty richest countries in the world, ahead… Read More
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