New Books Network

Ariel Mae Lambe, “No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War” (UNC Press, 2019)
Ariel Mae Lambe’s new book No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) is a history of transnational Cuban activists who mobilized in the mid-1930s to fight fascism both in Cuba and beyond. A wide variety of civic and political... Read More
Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, “Aerial Imagination in Cuba: Stories from Above the Rooftops” (Routledge, 2019)
In her new book Aerial Imagination in Cuba: Stories from Above the Rooftops (Routledge, 2019), Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier looks up at the sky, and from there she begins her stories about wifi, pigeons, cacti, the lottery and congas. This dense and surprising ethnography considers the everyday lives of Cubans as they... Read More
Brandon R. Byrd, “The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti” (U Penn Press, 2019)
Brandon R. Byrd is the author of The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2019. The Black Republic examines the multitude of responses by African American leaders towards Haiti following the Civil War and going into the 20th century.... Read More
Lennox Honychurch, “In the Forests of Freedom: The Fighting Maroons of Dominica” (UP Mississippi, 2017)
Maroons—enslaved Africans who escaped and formed autonomous communities—dominated Dominica’s hilly interior for centuries. Dominica’s unusual history of a relatively brief period of colonization and few sugar plantations shaped a history of Maroon life very different from the more familiar experiences of Jamaican Maroons. Here they were able to exploit differences... Read More
Luis Martínez-Fernández, “Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba” (U Florida Press, 2018)
From pre-contact, to first-contact, to colonization and beyond, Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba (University of Florida Press, 2018) by Luis Martínez-Fernández is an easy-to-read, yet incredibly fascinating and informative book on the history of early Cuba. In this interview, Martínez-Fernández talks about his Latin... Read More
Peter Kerasotis, “Alou: My Baseball Journey” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
All aficionados of baseball are familiar with the pathbreaking role of Jackie Robinson in reintegrating the game back in 1947. What many fans are less familiar with are the issues that Latinos of color endured both in the minor leagues and the Majors starting back in the 1950s. How difficult... Read More
David Wheat, “Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640” (UNC Press, 2016)
David Wheat’s fantastic book Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) argues that the extensive participation of Luso-Africans, Latinized Africans, and free people of color made possible Spain’s colonization of the Caribbean. For Wheat, the history of the region is entangled with older and deeper... Read More