Suggested Reading List
A Small Place
Author: Jamaica Kincaid
Description: Antigua-born Kincaid meditates on the politics, history and culture of the islands in these remarkable short es-says. A useful antidote to the usual fun-in-the-sun ap-proach of the local tourist office, she shines a light on the poverty, corruption and startling beauty of the Caribbean.
Art of the Andes, from Chavin to Inca
Author: Rebecca Stone-Miller
Description: This authoritative and concise illustrated survey of Andean art and architecture covers not only Machu Picchu and additional Inca monuments, but also Chan Chan, Nasca and other archaeological sites and cultures.
Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide
Author: Robin Restall, Clemencia Rodner, Roger Williams
Description: This comprehensive field guide, featuring an astounding 6400 paintings and 2308 maps, covers all the birds from Ecuador to Guiana.
Colossus: The Price of America's Empire
Author: Niall Ferguson
Description: Niall Ferguson argues in this provocative book that the United States is indeed an Empire, the largest and most powerful one the world has known, and that the country must face up to the responsibility that such a status entails.
Columbus, The Four Voyages
Author: Laurence Bergreen
Description: Though everyone knows that in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the gutsy, politically savvy, ferociously religious and increasingly deluded Admiral of the Ocean Seas organized three more daring voyages in his quixotic quest for a water route to Asia, all recounted in gripping detail by Bergreen, noted biographer of Marco Polo and Magellan.
Conquest of the Incas
Author: John Hemming
Description: This classic prize-winning history of the Inca struggle against the Spanish invasion weaves wide-ranging, scholarly material in to a gripping narrative.
Costa Rican Wildlife
Author: Pocket Naturalist
Description: Put it in your pocket! This handy, fold-up card includes color illustrations of dozens of typical birds, mammals and reptiles. We also carry plastic cards for Costa Rica Birds (Item CRC56) and Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths (Item CRC57), $5.95 each.
Author: Michael Reid
Description: Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, and its prospects in the face of globalization.
Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map
Author: Lima 2000
Description: This fact-filed map shows the whole of the Sacred Valley from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu on one side and, on the reverse, the area surrounding the sanctuary in splendid, topographic detail (1:50,000) . It's the best map for those making the trek from kilometer 88 to the site and an excellent choice for those exploring by bus or train.
Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830
Author: Robert Harvey
Description: Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence.
Looking For History, Dispatches From Latin America
Author: Alma Guillermoprieto
Description: A beautifully written, incisive collection of essays on contemporary Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Peru and Mexico.
Love in the Time of Cholera
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edith Grossman (Translator)
Description: A glorious tale of great love consummated after 50 years, nine months and four days, memorably set in a dusty 19th-century town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond
Author: Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction), Michael Fogden (Photographer)
Description: Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rain forest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity, the book is a marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
Panama Canal by Cruise Ship
Author: Anne Vipond
Description: This outstanding guide to the Panama Canal, and popular ports of call in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America features a mile-by-mile guide to the transit, a history of the building of the canal and a detailed pullout map.
Panama Wildlife Guide
Author: Rainforest Publications
Description: This handy 14-panel fold-up card features expert color illustrations of dozens of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Short Stories in Spanish, Cuentos en Espanol
Author: John King (Editor)
Description: These modern tales in the bilingual series of Penguin Parallel Texts make for good reading in any language.
South America, The Andes Map
Description: The full range of the Andes and the Pacific coast of South America.
Author: Jason Wilson
Description: Starting out in Cuzco, heart of the Inca Empire, Wilson spreads north and south along the Andes, including excerpts from South American literary giants, travelers and his own impressions.
The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs
Author: Ulrich Keller
Description: These archival photographs tell the story of the people who built the Panama Canal, the engineers who designed it and the changes wrought on the landscape through its construction.
The Conquistadors, A Very Short Introduction
Author: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Matthew Restall
Description: This provocative book by two leading historians explores who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible.
Author: Carmen Bernard, Paul Bahn (Translator)
Description: Featuring hundreds of archival drawings and photographs, a chronology and chapters on Atahualpa, the Conquistadors and Hiram Bingham, this handy book (previously published as "People of the Sun") illuminates the daily life, monuments and history of the Inca.
The Last Days of the Incas
Author: Kim Macquarrie
Description: MacQuarrie tackles the personality, aspirations and greed of Francisco Pizarro in this vivid account of the conquest of a continent.
The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America
Author: David Rains Wallace
Description: Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace then weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource.
The Old Patagonian Express
Author: Paul Theroux
Description: Combining history, anecdote and acutely observed detail on people and place, Theroux begins his journey on a Boston subway car and works his way south via rail, plane and truck to the Patagonian railroad in this enthralling narrative.
The Path Between the Seas, The Creation of the Panama Canal: 1870-1914
Author: David McCullough
Description: Admirably told in vivid, page-turning detail. McCullough reveals the full scope of the Panama Canal, its characters, technical difficulties and Byzantine politics.
The Penguin History of Latin America
Author: Edwin Williamson
Description: Beginning with the Spanish conquest, this brisk history covers questions of empire, colonialism and nationalism through the 1980s.
Author: Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Description: A lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. Its 17 marvelous essays introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforest.