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Arm Your Mind With 2017’s Best Latino/Latin American History Books
Every year, university presses across the United States publish dozens of books documenting the Chicano-Latino experience through history, culture, music, immigration, biography, race, and so much more. Following is the best academic books about Latinos published with one oldie-but-goodie thrown in the mix. Enjoy, and profes: write for el pueblo, not for the ivory tower. But the best part is the oral history section — where South American session players, who backed everyone from Blondie to Jackson Browne and many other famous American music stars, finally get their due. Disturbing, essential read about how the Mexican Revolution brought violence upon Mexicans in Texas in numbers and carnage unseen since the aftermath of the Mexican-American War. James Beard winner Bill Esparza does the first-ever history of Mexican food in Los Angeles, with profiles of pioneers, stalwarts, and Alta California masters. Featuring gorgeous photos and recipes for you to try and make the good stuff.
1. Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
Make Your Own List. He chooses five books that illuminate the cultural and political history of the continent. Before we talk about your five choices can you tell me what got you interested in Latin America and its history? Two people — Che Guevara and my history professor at York, Gwyn Williams, who taught a module on guerrillas in the early s. It was a fusion of political inspiration and academic interest. I think it is a very enterprising history because it challenges the thesis of American exceptionalism — the idea that the Puritan tradition is so singular that it determines North America in contrast to Catholic and Spanish Latin America. And he finds a greater convergence than mainstream belief normally recognises.