Suggested Reading List
200 Conspicuous, Unusual, or Economically Important Tropical Plants of the Caribbean
Author: John Kingsbury
Description: A general purpose plant identification guide to Caribbean shores, also useful for subtropical Florida. Features color photographs and short plant descriptions.
A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present
Author: Jan Rogozinski
Description: Written for a scholarly audience, this concise history presents the full sweep of Caribbean geography, culture and commerce from aboriginal inhabitants through European colonization and modern developments.
A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny
Author: Mark Kurlansky
Description: A wonderfully observed social history of the Caribbean by a far-ranging journalist and favorite author. Kurlansky has a knack for honing in on the small details that make the Caribbean culturally unique, offering frank insight on music, religion, healthcare and the influence of the United States.
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
Author: Bartolome de las Casas, Nigel Griffin (Translator)
Description: A graphic chronicle of human rights abuses and an appeal to the conscience of Spain written in 1542 by a witness.
A Traveller's History of the Caribbean
Author: James Ferguson
Description: A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of the islands' formation and geologic attributes and carrying through the first civilizations in the region all the way up to the modern tourism boom.
Birds of the Dominican Republic and Haiti
Author: Steven Latta
Description: A compact, up-to-date field guide, covering 306 species of birds (including 31 endemics).
Caribbean Literature And the Environment, Between Nature And Culture
Author: Elizabeth Deloughrey (Editor)
Description: This collection of 18 essays reflects on the relationship between humans and natural history in the Caribbean, putting into consideration its troubled history and the effects that tourism and globalization have had on the region.
Culture Smart! Dominican Republic
Author: Ginnie Bedggood
Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Dominican Republic Map
Author: World Mapping Project
Description: A detailed, double-sided map showing the island and surrounding waters at 1:450,000.
Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean
Author: I Greenberg
Description: A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean.
Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti
Author: Leah Gordon, Scott Doggett
Description: A practical guide to Dominican Republic and Haiti.
National Geographic Dominican Republic
Author: Gilles ( Mingasson (Photographer)
Description: An abundantly illustrated guide to the country, with essays on history and culture and color maps.
Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life
Author: Paul Humann
Description: Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Author: Junot Diaz
Description: The Dominican-born New Yorker's long-awaited multi-layered tale of the hopes and dreams and tumult of the hugely overweight, hopelessly confused young New Jerseyite of the title. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.
The Contemporary Caribbean: History, Life and Culture Since 1945
Author: Olwyn M. Blouet
Description: Blouet navigates the complicated history of the Caribbean with scholarly ease in this account of colonial politics, race, economics and the more recent pressures from globalization.
The Devil Behind the Mirror, Globalization And Politics in the Dominican Republic
Author: Steven Gregory
Description: Gregory adeptly explores the impact of globalization on the lives of the people of the Dominican Republica in this moving history.
The Dictator Next Door, The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930-1945
Author: Eric Roorda
Description: This book questions the relations between the United States and the Dominican Republic in the 1930’s. It also examines the Good Neighbor Policy.
Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola
Author: Michele Wucker
Description: The story of the historic tensions between two countries which share a single island but are divided by history, language, race and class.
Wide Sargasso Sea
Author: Jean Rhys
Description: This short novel by Dominican-born Jean Rhys is steamy -- both in its lush, tropical setting and in its plot. The book imagines the encounter between Edward Rochester and his mad wife -- a sort of prequel to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
Wild Caribbean, The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands
Author: Michael Bright
Description: Nicely illustrated, this companion book to the BBC series on the natural history of the Caribbean includes an overview of the plants, animals and underwater life of the islands from Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago.