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Great Books

Interested in the people, issues, and causes we support? Check these books out!:

The Children of the Drug Wars: A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration CrisisThe New York Times, Sonia Nazario, July 11, 2014

Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America’s Illegal Migrants, by Ted Conover


“Absorbing … sharply observed and sympathetic … Mr. Conover’s description of what would normally be a routine plane flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles becomes a perilous, frightening journey for these workers; and a cross-country drive from Arizona to Florida (without a map) similarly takes on the nervous coloration of a thriller. In relating these events, Mr. Conover combines a sociologist’s eye for detail with a novelist’s sense of drama and compassion … he has defiantly succeeded.”

 Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times





The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War, by Mark Danner

“Once in a rare while a writer reexamines a debated episode of recent history with such thoroughness and integrity that the truth can no longer be in doubt.  Mark Danner [has done] just that.”

Anthony Lewis The New York Times






The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?, by Francisco Goldman


“Becoming by turns a little bit Columbo, Jason Bourne, and Seymour Hersh, Goldman gives us the anatomy of a crime while opening a window to a misunderstood neighboring country that is flirty with anarchy…Goldman’s intricate and insightful reporting of the crime and the trial recalls that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in News of a Kidnapping.”

Carolyn CurielThe New York Times





Law in a Lawless Land: Diary of a Limpieza in Colombia, by Michael Taussig


“If you want to know what it is like to live in a country where the state has disintegrated, this moving book by an anthropologist well known for his writings on murderous Colombia will tell you.”

-Eric Hobsbawm





Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal and Forgetting in Guatemala, by Daniel Wilkinson


“A young human rights lawyer with an eye for detail and the gumption to ride a rickety motorcycle to get to the bottom of a story until now largely untold, Wilkinson has written a book full of grim details about exploitation of coffee pickers, genocidal massacres, and frustrated leftist organizing.”

-Clifford Krauss,  The New York Times Book Review

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