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Jericho Audiobook

Jericho

Author: Charles Bowden Narrator: Paul Heitsch Release Date: May 2020

In a career defined by an allegiance to the truth, Charles Bowden's reporting continually unearthed the gritty realities behind high-profile hype, including the doomed War on Drugs. His daring expeditions to Ciudad Juárez, which resulted in such books as his bestseller Murder City, left him with haunting images of ruthless drug lords and their prey. In Jericho, an unpublished work brought to light after Bowden's death in 2014, he captures the monumental corruption and addiction to power that fuel Mexico's drug cartels-and that have fueled much of humanity's suffering throughout the ages. Interspersed with scenes from the battle of the walled city of Jericho, which in Bowden's eyes is not a story of inspiring strength but of bloodthirsty plunder, the world of El Sicario ('the hitman') unfolds in brutal detail. Bucolic settings such as the Falcon International Reservoir become the site of an unsolved murder as Bowden examines why the high murder rate in Juárez has yet to spill across the border. Yet, recalling his younger days in Louisiana and retracing the atrocities of racism in America, Bowden reveals a history where greed knows no borders, while undaunted voices (including his own) relentlessly expose its perpetrators.

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Coffeeland: A History Audiobook

Coffeeland: A History

Author: Augustine Sedgewick Narrator: Jason Culp Release Date: April 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities in the history of the global economy and the world's most popular drug. The very word 'coffee' is one of the most widespread on the planet. Augustine Sedgewick's brilliant new history tells the hidden and surprising story of how this came to be, tracing coffee's 400-year transformation into an everyday necessity. The story is one that few coffee drinkers know. Coffeeland centres on the volcanic highlands of El Salvador, where James Hill, born in the slums of nineteenth-century Manchester, founded one of the world's great coffee dynasties. Adapting the innovations of the industrial revolution to plantation agriculture, Hill helped to turn El Salvador into perhaps the most intensive monoculture in modern history, a place of extraordinary productivity, inequality and violence. The book follows coffee from the Hill family plantations into the United States, through the San Francisco roasting plants into supermarkets, kitchens and work places, and finally into today's omnipresent cafés. Sedgewick reveals the unexpected consequences of the rise of coffee, which reshaped large areas of the tropics, transformed understandings of energy, and ultimately made us dependent on a drug served in a cup. © Augustine Sedgewick 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs Audiobook

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

Author: Camilla Townsend Narrator: Christina Delaine Release Date: April 2020

In November 1519, Hernando Cortes walked along a causeway leading to the capital of the Aztec kingdom and came face to face with Moctezuma. That story-and the story of what happened afterwards-has been told many times, but always following the narrative offered by the Spaniards. After all, we have been taught, it was the Europeans who held the pens. But the Native Americans were intrigued by the Roman alphabet and, unbeknownst to the newcomers, they used it to write detailed histories in their own language of Nahuatl. Until recently, these sources remained obscure, only partially translated, and rarely consulted by scholars. For the first time, in Fifth Sun, the history of the Aztecs is offered in all its complexity based solely on the texts written by the indigenous people themselves. Camilla Townsend presents an accessible and humanized depiction of these native Mexicans, rather than seeing them as the exotic, bloody figures of European stereotypes. The conquest, in this work, is neither an apocalyptic moment, nor an origin story launching Mexicans into existence. The Mexica people had a history of their own long before the Europeans arrived and did not simply capitulate to Spanish culture and colonization. Instead, they realigned their political allegiances, accommodated new obligations, adopted new technologies, and endured.

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Colombia: What Everyone Needs to Know Audiobook

Colombia: What Everyone Needs to Know

Author: Richard D. Mahoney Narrator: Gary Tiedemann Release Date: April 2020

Colombia's recent past has been characterized by what its Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez once called 'a biblical holocaust' of human savagery. Along with the scourge of drug-related massacres facing the country, politically-motivated assassinations (averaging thirty per day in the 1990s), widespread disappearances, rapes, and kidnappings have run rampant through the country for decades. For many Colombians, the violence oft-invoked in today's immigration debate is a bleak and inescapable reality. And yet, with only eleven years of military rule during its 200 some years of independence, Colombia's democratic tradition is among the richest and longest-standing in the hemisphere. The country's economic growth rate over the last seventy-five years is among the highest in South America, the overall living satisfaction of its citizens is on par with citizens of France, and it is home to some of the continent's best universities and most dazzling fine and industrial arts. With such contradictions, even to experts, Colombia is one of the most confusing countries in the Americas. In this new addition to the popular What Everyone Needs to Know® series, Richard D. Mahoney links historical legacies, cultural features, and the relentless dynamics of the illegal drug industry to unravel the enigma.

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Sandinistas, The: The Controversial History and Legacy of the Socialist Party’s Revolution, Civil Wa Audiobook

Sandinistas, The: The Controversial History and Legacy of the Socialist Party’s Revolution, Civil Wa

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Daniel Houle Release Date: April 2020

For much of the 20th century, Latin American governments in large part lived under a system of military junta governments. The mixture of indigenous peoples, foreign settlers and European colonial superpowers produced cultural and social imbalances into which military forces intervened as a stabilizing influence. The proactive personalities of military heads and the rigid structures of such a hierarchy guaranteed the “strong man” commanding officer an abiding presence in the form of executive dictator. Such leaders often bore the more collaborative title of “President,” but the reality was, in most cases, identical. Likewise, the gap between rich and poor was often vast, and a disappearance of the middle class fed a frequent urge for revolution, reenergizing the military’s intent to stop it. With no stabilizing center, the ideologies most prevalent in such conflicts alternated between a federal model of industrial and social nationalization and an equally conservative structure under privatized ownership and autocratic rule drawn from the head of a junta government.  Few examples remain as memorable as the conflict in Nicaragua, where the Frente Sandinista de Liberation Nacional (FSLN), a left-wing revolutionary party, seized power in the small Central American nation of Nicaragua in July 1979, toppling four decades of dictatorial rule perpetrated by the Somoza dynasty. A decade later, on February 25, 1990, in an election organized by the FSLN, one that the party was fully confident it would win, the FSLN suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of a coalition generally thought to be associated with the American-funded Contra movement. This was a sobering moment for the Latin American leftist revolution, and, as many were apt to see it, a triumph for American policy in the region. 

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Shining Path, The: The History of Peru’s Revolutionary Communist Party and the Ongoing Civil War Audiobook

Shining Path, The: The History of Peru’s Revolutionary Communist Party and the Ongoing Civil War

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Stephen Platt Release Date: April 2020

On the evening of May 17, 1980, a day before the Peruvian electorate, the most representative in the nation’s history, was due to go to the polls for the first authentic presidential election since 1963, a curious thing happened. In the tiny mountain town of Chuschi, little more than a hamlet nestled in a valley on the western slopes of the Andes, a group of armed youth broke the lock on the town hall and removed all of the ballot boxes, papers and voting lists prepared for the following day. These were carried out into the town square and burned. The group identified itself as Sendero Luminoso, the “Shining Path,” declaring this action to be the commencement of the armed phase of the “People’s War.” In the avalanche of press coverage for the election, the incident was scantly reported and generally overlooked. It was an exciting and energetic time in Peruvian politics, as the country sought to shake off nearly two decades of military rule and dictatorship, and a minor disturbance such as this in the rural countryside was of little interest. Nor, for that matter, was the theft of dynamite from a handful of local mines, although the handful of isolated bomb blasts that followed did stir a certain amount of curious reporting. Soon, however, the citizens of Lima began to notice the frequency of stray dogs found hanging from traffic lights and lamp posts. Images that have since become iconic in the chronicles of the Shining Path began appearing in local newspapers. This flush of macabre and ritualistic statements, apart from being confusing and a little unnerving, were also inescapably folkloric and sinister. This in time would become the hallmark of Sendero Luminoso as it emerged thereafter as one of the largest and most violent of Latin American guerrilla movements.

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México a tres bandas: Un recorrido crítico de la historia de México Audiobook

México a tres bandas: Un recorrido crítico de la historia de México

Tres grandes autores reúnen sus plumas en un solo volumen para hacer un recorrido histórico, pero crítico, de la historia de México. Toman como punto de partida la época prehispánica hasta el siglo XX. Prólogo escrito por Francisco Martín Moreno. «Ahora puedo ver, con más claridad que antes, cómo todas las tramas tienen una conexión, cómo los personajes obedecieron a las leyes de su tiempo, cómo también están conectados a nosotros y cómo es nuestro turno de seguir construyendo la patria que nos heredaron para que otros puedan hacer lo mismo.» Pedro J. Fernández «México es un país que tiene todo para ser rico, seguro y pacífico, y liderar entre las potencias del mundo. Las razones por las cuales no lo es tienen su explicación en la historia, y si conocemos la historia -las causas de las cosas- podemos cambiarlo todo.» Leopoldo Mendívil «México es una fuerza vital, voluntad de poder, un impulso. México es también una tragedia, un miedo al futuro, una locura. Es resultado de la historia que se cuenta de sí mismo y de la inconsciencia con que lo hemos construido entre todos. La única forma de transformar un país tan contradictorio, tan lleno de oportunidades, pero con patrones de conducta tan destructivos, es mirar al pasado con nuevos ojos y darle un nuevo significado a toda nuestra historia.» Juan Miguel Zunzunegui La crítica ha dicho: «Cuando Leopoldo, Juan Miguel y Pedro me hicieron el honor de invitarme a redactar el presente prólogo, acepté entusiasmado porque en México requerimos de cientos de Leopoldos, Juan Migueles y Pedros que lleven a cabo trabajos monumentales de divulgación como el que actualmente tienen en sus manos. Estoy convencido de que para redactar la inmensa obra escrita por ellos son indispensables los siguientes ingredientes para alcanzar el éxito quehan conquistado: uno, contar con un sólido amor por México; dos, tener algo que decir, material con el que ellos cuentan en abundancia; tres, saber narrar sus descubrimientos, habilidad innegable que ocurre a manos llenas en todos los casos; y cuatro, describir con pasión y certeza los acontecimientos con los que deleitan a sus cientos de miles de lectores.» Francisco Martín Moreno

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Cuba libre  ¡Cuba libre! (Spanish edition): El Che, Fidel y la improbable revolución que cambió la h Audiobook

Cuba libre ¡Cuba libre! (Spanish edition): El Che, Fidel y la improbable revolución que cambió la h

Author: Tony Perrottet Narrator: Bernardo Garcia Release Date: March 2020

Este libro describe cómo un grupo de revolucionarios se transformaron en guerrilleros y derrotaron a 50.000 soldados profesionalmente entrenados con el propósito de derrocar al dictador Fulgencio Batista. Cómo una banda de guerrilleros autoentrenados derrocó a un dictador y cambió la historia del mundo. Este libro describe cómo un grupo de revolucionarios, muchos de ellos jóvenes privilegiados recién egresados de la universidad, especializados en literatura y jóvenes abogados, se transformaron en guerrilleros de la selva y derrotaron a 50.000 soldados profesionalmente entrenados y equipados para derrocar al dictador Fulgencio Batista, apoyado por Estados Unidos.

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The Woman on the Windowsill: A Tale of Mystery in Several Parts Audiobook

The Woman on the Windowsill: A Tale of Mystery in Several Parts

Author: Sylvia Sellers-Garcia Narrator: Kyla García Release Date: February 2020

On the morning of July 1, 1800, a surveyor and mapmaker named Cayetano Diaz opened the window of his study in Guatemala City to find a horrific sight: a pair of severed breasts. Offering a meticulously researched and evocative account of the quest to find the perpetrator and understand the motives behind such a brutal act, this volume pinpoints the sensational crime as a watershed moment in Guatemalan history that radically changed the nature of justice and the established social order. Sylvia Sellers-Garcia reveals how this bizarre and macabre event spurred an increased attention to crime that resulted in more forceful policing and reflected important policy decisions not only in Guatemala but across Latin America. This fascinating book is both an engaging criminal case study and a broader consideration of the forces shaping Guatemala City at the brink of the modern era.

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Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America: Fourth Edition Audiobook

Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America: Fourth Edition

Author: John Charles Chasteen Narrator: Gary Tiedemann Release Date: February 2020

The most readable, highly regarded, and affordable history of Latin America for our times. 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.

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State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador's World of Violence Audiobook

State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador's World of Violence

Author: William Wheeler Narrator: William Wheeler Release Date: January 2020

The real story behind El Salvador's MS-13 gang and how they have perpetuated three generations of conflict and led to scores of migrants seeking a new life in the United States. Born in Los Angeles, the gang MS-13 was founded in the 1980s by Salvadoran refugees who had been hardened in a civil war stoked by American foreign policy. But the gang found its way home a decade later, as the U.S. began deporting thousands of convicts each year back to the Northern Triangle--El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Today, those countries share the world's highest murder rates, and account for 70 percent of the migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border. Foreign correspondent William Wheeler tracks MS-13 from L.A., where he meets the founders of the gang, to El Salvador, where three generations of Salvadorans have been drawn into an escalating cycle of conflict. State of War tells the tragic story of a brutal civil war that has never ended.

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The Wheel of Time: The Shamans of Mexico Their Thoughts about Life Death and the Universe Audiobook

The Wheel of Time: The Shamans of Mexico Their Thoughts about Life Death and the Universe

Author: Carlos Castaneda Narrator: Luis Moreno Release Date: October 2019

World-renowned bestselling author Carlos Castaneda's Selection of his wrtings on the shamans of ancient Mexico. Originally drawn to Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus for his knowledge of mind-altering plants, bestselling author Carlos Castaneda soon immersed himself in the sorcerer's magical world entirely. Ten years after his first encounter with the shaman, Castaneda examines his field notes and comes to understand what don Juan knew all along-that these plants are merely a means to understanding the alternative realities that one cannot fully embrace on one's own. In Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to this new approach for the first time and explores, as he comes to experience it himself, his own final voyage into the teachings of don Juan, sharing with us what it is like to truly 'stop the world' and perceive reality on his own terms.

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