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The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics

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This reader brings together more than 200 texts and images in a broad introduction to Guatemala's history, culture, and politics. In choosing the selections, the editors sought to avoid representing the country only in terms of its long experience of conflict, racism, and violence. And so, while offering many perspectives on that violence, this anthology portrays Guatemala ...more
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Includes 3 pages from the CIA ca. 1954 that list the 80+ Guatemalans marked for “disposal” after the upcoming American orchestrated coup against a democratically elected, agrarian reform government. Except all the names are redacted. Still. Don’t worry, the CIA told us none of them were assassinated!

A thorough, well introduced reader from Grandin and co. The reader chronologically walks through documents, essays, visual media, poems, etc. from a variety of Guatemalan and non-Guatemalan authors,
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent, comprehensive read. If I ever need to know a lot about a different country, I'll probably look and see if there is an edition in this series covering it. As far as the history goes, I would've liked to know more about the peacemaking process that ended the 36 year civil war. Otherwise, this is an extremely thorough read which I would recommend to anyone needing such a text about Guatemala.
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The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics
Edited by Greg Grandin, Deborah Levenson & Elizabeth Oglesby
Reviewed by Mark D. Walker
The Guatemala Reader is an impressive compilation of 200 texts in a broad, comprehensive introduction to Guatemala’s history, culture, and politics. I wish I had this when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the early 70s, or when studying for my Masters at the Institute of Latin America at the University of Texas later in the decade, not to mention over eight years
Jennifer Pletcher
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book gives a broad review of Guatemala as a country. Politics, culture, history, livelihood - it is all in this book. It gives a wide perpsective on the country's long history of violence. It includes short stories, historical facts, poems, letters, pictures, artwork....the list is long.

This book was good. It was better than I expected. When it arrived I looked at the size of it, and thought it would read more like an encelopedia, but it did not. The is really well written and full of grea
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very nice and extensive compilation of stories, poems, documents, photos, interviews etc. Gives an honest representation of amongst others the history of Guatemala.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The most informative, comprehensive book I’ve read in the past 5 years!
These are a series of country studies that provide a valuable overview of various Latin American countries. They use both primary and secondary sources by eyewitnesses and important scholars respectively to illuminate key periods of each country’s history. They also include a trove of images, maps, and fine art. Each volume focuses on a single country. Currently, Duke has published readers about the Dominican Republic, Chile, Paraguay, Guatemala, Ecuador, Perú, Costa Rica, Cuba, México, Argentin ...more
Susan Walberg
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for purposes of research, to get some background on Guatemala for the book I am currently writing. This was a great resource, full of a variety of perspectives and documentation on historic events.
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Greg Grandin is the author of Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A Professor of History at New York University, Grandin has published a number of other award-winning books, including Empire's Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, and The Blood of Guatemala.

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