Description : A history of Latin America spans six centuries and encompasses twenty countries as it discusses the people, events, and factors that shaped the region--including colonization, revolution, and the struggle for political and social equality.
Description : Born in Blood and Fire, Fourth Edition has been extensively revised to heighten emphasis on current cultural analyses of Latin American society and facilitate meaningful connections between the Encounter and the present. Throughout the Fourth Edition, a new full-color design highlights an enriched and expanded map and illustration program. This, along with new quizzing and assessment options and a new edition of the companion reader, offers students and instructors more support than ever before.
Description : The world's first vampire has come calling and she isn't happy.... After the brutal showdown with the Demarais and the reunion with Giovanni, Rachel is looking for nothing more than some peace and privacy. Harshika, the world's first vampire, has other ideas. She's not pleased with the immortal race as a whole, finding them weak and too "human." When called before her, the immortals are given an ultimatum: Submit to Harshika as her subjects or die. Now Rachel and her old friends must join with new allies to discover Harshika's weakness...hopefully in time to gain freedom for them all.
Description : Drops of crimson and muttered incantations... the stories in this collection are Born of Blood and Spells. Short stories, flash fiction, and poems – thirteen tales of dark fantasy all written by Alexa Grave. Including This Is Where I Stand, Bloodstains, and Hair of the Dog, as well as: Sunset Street Be careful what you wish for. Stuck in her dorm room alone on a Friday night, Leah can’t imagine her loneliness getting any deeper until she pops a new game into her computer... and gets sucked into it. Trapped in a world of darkness and rain, she fears she’ll never see another living soul again. Until she meets Zach. He may be the balm for her heart she’s been searching for, but fulfilling her wish comes with a price. Is she willing to pay it? Cold, Oh So Cold Hearts of men as frozen as the kingdoms they live in. Hear the static of a radio? Feel the chill sink into your bones and refuse to leave? Then you must be in the three Ice Kingdoms of Chyraine. No matter where you turn, the icicles can be seen forming in the hearts and minds of all the inhabitants. Or being driven into their backs and throats by their enemies. Dancing in the Wind It all started with those darn shoes. Dorothy is stuck in Oz with a trio of off-the-wall, diabolical munchkins, intent on putting her on trial for killing the Witch. She's all for a little bullying, at least when she's dishing it out to the kids back home. But these munchkins go too far when they force her into the Witch's silver shoes and parade her down the yellow brick road like cattle to be judged by the Wizard of Oz. Bound Every book has a heartbeat. And some are louder than others. Leda loves her job as a college librarian – books are her friends, ones that take her to far off lands and who don't cheat on her like her last boyfriend did. But a strange incident with a student has her wondering if there's something more sinister about the books in this library. Of course, Leda can't confide in anyone about her suspicions – they’d think she's crazy. Is she crazy? Or does danger lurk in between the pages?
Description : This fascinating book traces the global history of marijuana, reaching back thousands of years. Noted historian John Charles Chasteen follows the use of the drug since Neolithic times, which makes marijuana among the first domesticated plants. Surprisingly, though, only infrequently has it been used as a recreational drug. Instead, there is a vibrant spiritual dimension to its long history that has been continually ignored. Beginning with the familiar “outbreak” of the 1960s, Chasteen unearths successive layers of marijuana’s history. Written with insight, clarity, sophistication, and good humor, this deeply informed work discusses the cultivation of cannabis and its many forms, including hemp, one of the world’s principal fiber crops. After a tour of Latin America, Africa, India, and the Muslim world, Chasteen concludes that unlike alcohol marijuana has always flourished outside the mainstream. Its principal users have been creative outsiders of many kinds—mystics, artists, musicians, free thinkers, and spiritual seekers—as well as poor laborers attracted by its low cost. Marijuana, it seems, is a mind-expanding drug after all, and Chasteen explores its rich heritage with captivating insight.
Description : These essays emerge from different crucial and complex conflicts: from the memory of a bishop, Bartolome de las Casas, urging the pope of his time to cleanse the church of complicity with violence, oppression, and slavery; from the lament and defiance of so many Middle Eastern women, victims of male domination and too many wars; from the voices bursting out from the colonial margins that dare to question and transgress the norms and laws imposed by colonizers and conquerors; from the emerging and diverse theological disruptions of traditional orthodoxies and rigid dogmatisms; from the denial of human rights to immigrant communities, living in the shadows of opulent societies; from the use of the sacred Hebrew Scriptures to displace and dispossess the indigenous peoples of Palestine. The essays belong to different intellectual genres and conceptual crossroads and are thus illustrative of the dialogic imagination that the Russian intellectual Mikhail Bakhtin considered basic to any serious intellectual enterprise. They are also the literary sediment of years of sharing lectures, dialogues, and debates in several academic institutions in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Switzerland, Germany, and Palestine.
Description : The planters from long ago planted people on planets throughout the universes. This story explodes on the planet Lamenta as it develops. Things go wrong, as a string of evil queens push the power of women too far, stripping everything from the useless males they keep only for procreation, and harvesting their needed prey. This evil had to be stopped. Out of this evil empire did come one of their future royal whites to organize and build armies from the savages that the Hersonian Empire were harvesting. The planet then became a sponge holding rivers of blood. After the ashes started to settle, the evil queen emerges out of the unknown to destroy the queen of love and great purity. This sends the king on a giant exploration adventure covering the planet. On this trip, he finds a new love and gives Mempire a new queen. Evil refuses to give up on Lamenta as the future queen of evil; Lilith, almost makes all life on Lamenta extinct. Space dog gives King James the ability to fight this evil and with time, life begins to reproduce again. Yet during his travels, Lilith captures his seed to create his child to have as a tool to cripple Mempire. The spirits of the heavens intervene as they allow Mempires dead queen to reach her hand out and save this child, hiding her spirit in a new child. Mempire continues to provide its citizens an environment to build their new families. Yet, dangers continue as their queen from the grave warns as Mempire continues to battle evil. King James and his royal whites lay a solid foundation for an empire that would grow into one of the greatest in the Milky Way as many of the stars in your sky belong to this great power of good.
Description : A premier volume in Oxford's Pivotal Moments in World History series, Americanos offers an engagingly written, compact history of the Latin American wars of independence. Proceeding almost cinematically, scene by vivid scene, John Charles Chasteen introduces the reader to lead players, basic concepts, key events, and dominant trends, braided together in a single, taut narrative. He vividly depicts the individuals and events of those tumultuous years, capturing the gathering forces for independence, the clashes of troops and decisions of leaders, and the rich, elaborate tapestry of Latin American societies as they embraced nationhood.
Description : Accompanied by original documents including agreements, speeches, and treaties, more than six hundred alphabetically arranged entries cover such topics as cultural displacement, doctrines, and disruptive migration.
Description : Here, from a brilliant young writer, is a paradigm-shifting history of both a utopian concept and global movement—the idea of the Third World. The Darker Nations traces the intellectual origins and the political history of the twentieth century attempt to knit together the world’s impoverished countries in opposition to the United States and Soviet spheres of influence in the decades following World War II. Spanning every continent of the global South, Vijay Prashad’s fascinating narrative takes us from the birth of postcolonial nations after World War II to the downfall and corruption of nationalist regimes. A breakthrough book of cutting-edge scholarship, it includes vivid portraits of Third World giants like India’s Nehru, Egypt’s Nasser, and Indonesia’s Sukarno—as well as scores of extraordinary but now-forgotten intellectuals, artists, and freedom fighters. The Darker Nations restores to memory the vibrant though flawed idea of the Third World, whose demise, Prashad ultimately argues, has produced a much impoverished international political arena.