The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico - Miguel Leon-Portillo

Long before Howard Zinn there was The Broken Spears. Mostly the work of translation by Spanish missionaries from the original Nahuatl it tells the story of Mexico's conquest by Cortez through the eyes of the Aztec people. The stories told within are still searing and vivid today, forcing us to reckon with our past.

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ISBN: 9780807055007
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Published: Beacon Press - November 15th, 2006

The Lost City of Z - David Grann

Both a history and a modern travelogue, The Lost City Of Z (Vintage, $15.95) is the perfect companion for any excursion. David Grann traces the glamorous and perilous life of Col. Percy Fawcett, an explorer for the Royal Geographic Society, who in the mid-20th century searched the Amazon jungle for a long-lost advanced civilization. Grann follows in Fawcett’s footsteps in 2007, bringing with him not only modern amenities (GPS) but a writer’s sensibility; while his arduous trek is slow, this book moves at a rigorous clip. The Lost City of Z is a must read for the adventurous—or the adventurous at heart.

Long before radar, satellites and Google Earth there was the Royal Geographic Society and men like Col. Percy Fawcett, adventurers of the first order heading out from Europe to map the last of the world's wilderness in the mid-twentieth century. Nearly a hundred years later, New Yorker writer David Grann tells the exciting story of Fawcett's search for a lost advanced civilization, weaving the tale of Fawcett's exploration of the Amazon with his own search for the missing explorer. Grann recounts with skin-crawling detail the many pests (Eye-licking bugs? No thank you.) and heart-stopping dangers he encountered while following in Fawcett's footsteps. Despite the slow and arduous jungle travel it recounts, David Grann's The Lost City of Z moves rapidly, making it the perfect companion for your own journey to the Amazon, the beach, or the backyard.

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ISBN: 9781400078455
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Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2010

Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City - Greg Grandin

“Oh yes, he did,” is my response when people ask if Henry Ford really tried to re-create small-town America deep in the Brazilian rain forest. It’s almost too odd to be true.  But Fordlandia (Picador, $16), by Greg Grandin, chronicles this strange chapter in the often strange life of Henry Ford.  By the end of the 1920s, just as the U.S. was entering the Great Depression, Ford, one of the richest men in America, decided to bring his version of America to the Amazon.  Ford thought he could single-handedly resurrect the failed Brazilian rubber industry while also helpfully bringing “civilization” to the natives.  Without Ford’s usual brand of organization and planning, Fordlandia seemed to be fueled by hubris alone; Grandin makes it all a fun and fascinating story.

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ISBN: 9780312429621
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Published: Picador - April 27th, 2010