We have a variety of interviews discussing books on Latin America. James Dunkerley chooses his best books on Latin American history, Patricio Navia chooses his best books on Latin American politics, and William LeoGrande his best books on US relations with Latin America. John King chooses his selection of the best Latin American novels. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera chooses his best books on the rise of Latin America.
On individual countries, Hugh Thomson chooses, his best books on Mexico, Oscar Hijuelos his best books on Cuba, Larry Rohter his best books on Brazil and Chris Moss chooses his best books on Argentina and Psychoanalysis. Alan Angell chooses his best books on Pinochet and Chilean politics.
Regina Marchi chooses her best books on the Latin American celebrations of the Day of the Dead.
From the humorous and dark stories of a young V. S. Naipaul to recent coming-of-age novels, set in a cut-throat Jamaican holiday resort or American’s urban battlefields, Alexia Arthurs explores the myriad expressions of Caribbean identity in fiction
Political scientist Patricio Navia discusses how the identity of Latin America is inextricably bound up with its colonial history, why Latin American voters elect left-wing leaders, and how social inclusion is necessary for Latin America to realise its full potential
The Secret History of Costaguana
by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz
The Many-Headed Hydra
by Marcus Rediker and Paul Linebaugh
Of Divine Warning
by Jane Anna and Lewis R Gordon
Time for a Visible Hand
by Stephany Griffiths-Jones, Jose Antonio Ocampo & Joseph Stiglitz
From two 19th century journals, to historical fiction, to reportage on Jamaicans living in London in the 1950s to the island’s music, British travel writer Ian Thomson, author of The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica, recommends a broad range of books that shed light on Jamaica.
As a country that was created after the first and only successful slave revolt in history, Haiti looms large in the popular imagination. Here, Christian Wisskirchen, founding member and former chair of The Haiti Support Group, recommends five books that reveal much about Haiti and what makes it special, and its fascinating and often traumatic history since independence in 1804.
The Pinochet Regime
by Carlos Huneeus
Battling for Hearts and Minds: Memory Struggles in Pinochet’s Chile, 1973–1988
by Steve J Stern
Fear in Chile: Lives Under Pinochet
by Patricia Politzer
Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey
by Ariel Dorfman
Victims of the Chilean Miracle: Workers And Neoliberalism In The Pinochet Era, 1973–2002
by Peter Winn
Marshalling one of the first ever televised coups, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s legacy is fraught. While some apologists try to justify the dictatorship on economic grounds, his time in office saw innumerable human rights abuses. Alan Angell, Emeritus Fellow in Latin American Politics at the University of Oxford, considers the regime of “a very cruel man.”