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The Path Between the Seas
by David McCullough

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The hundred year long saga of the American rule of the canal zone

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Chile: El Otro 11 De Septiembre
The Other September 11: An Anthology of Reflections and Commentaries on the 1973 Coup in Chile)
Pilar Aguilera (Editor)

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Che Guevara: a Revolutionary Life
by Jon Lee Anderson 1998

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Che Guevara was a dashing, charismatic figure: the asthmatic son of an aristocratic Argentine family whose sympathy for the world's oppressed turned him into a socialist revolutionary

 

Bestselling Latin American History Books

 

Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution (Oxford Latin American Histories)
by Louis Perez


authoritative, somewhat scholarly, history of Cuba

The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization
by Walter D Mignolo

a discussion of the role of language in the colonization of the New World - combining literature, geography, and political and cultural history

Fidel:
A Critical Portrait

by Tad Szulc

Szulc had access to many hours of interviews with Castro, friends and associates, and the Cuban archives for this revealing biography

 The Spanish War: An American Epic--1898
by G.J.A. O'Toole

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America and the Spanish American war - setting off an era of American imperialism iin Latin America

Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola 
by Michael Wucker rev 2001

 
The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply divided as their cultures: one French-speaking and black, one Spanish-speaking and mulatto.