New Books Network

Kris Lane, “Potosí: The Silver City That Changed the World” (U California Press, 2019)
In 1545, a native Andean prospector hit pay dirt on a desolate red mountain in highland Bolivia. There followed the world’s greatest silver bonanza, making the Cerro Rico or “Rich Hill” and the Imperial Villa of Potosí instant legends, famous from Istanbul to Beijing. The Cerro Rico alone provided over... Read More
Karin Rosemblatt, “The Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910–1950” (UNC Press, 2018)
Karin Rosemblatt’s new book, The Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910–1950 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), traces how U.S.- and Mexican-trained intellectuals, social and human scientists, and anthropologists applied their ethnographic field work on indigenous and Native American peoples on both sides of... Read More
Jessica A. J. Rich, “State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Jessica Rich’s new book, State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is a fascinating and important examination of civil-state relations, social movements, and bureaucracies all centering around AIDS/HIV policy as the nexus of analysis. With AIDS/HIV as the center of the analysis, Rich explores... Read More
Melissa Johnson, “Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize” (Rutgers UP, 2018)
Drawing from Sylvia Wynter’s call for rethinking our category of “human”, Melissa Johnson‘s ethnography Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize (Rutgers University Press, 2018) demonstrates how entangled people are with the other-than-human that surrounds them. Mud, water, trees, animals and people form assemblages and shape particular identities. These relationships... Read More
César Brioso, “Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball In Cuba” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
Today we are joined by César Brioso, author of the book Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball In Cuba (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). Blending the love for baseball fans in Cuba had during the 1950s with the political upheaval that led to... Read More
Alfredo Toro Hardy, “The Crossroads of Globalization: A Latin American View” (World Scientific Publishing, 2019)
The Crossroads of Globalization: A Latin American View (World Scientific Publishing Co., 2019) explores the complex interaction of several forces shaping the current world economic situation. Alfredo Toro Hardy analyzes the leadership of China and the economic strength of Asia, transnational companies, and international organizations like the IMF as forces... Read More
Zeb Tortorici, “Sins Against Nature: Sex and Archives in Colonial New Spain” (Duke UP, 2018)
In Sins Against Nature: Sex and Archives in Colonial New Spain (Duke University Press, 2018), Zeb Tortorici analyzes a vast corpus of documents in order to understand how sex acts that were considered out of the norm were understood for over three centuries of Spanish control. Men and women often... Read More