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The Devil Behind the Mirror, Globalization And Politics in the Dominican Republic

The Devil Behind the Mirror, Globalization And Politics in the Dominican Republic

by Steven Gregory

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Gregory adeptly explores the impact of globalization on the lives of the people of the Dominican Republica in this moving history. (CRB219, $31.95)

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

by Mark Carwardine

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species. (FG02, $22.00)

Rough Guide Dominican Republic

Rough Guide Dominican Republic

by Rough Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 327 PAGES

A quirky, comprehensive guide to Dominican Republic. (CRB90, $22.99)

Dominican Republic Adventure Map

Dominican Republic Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided full color map of the Dominican Republic at a scale of 1:450,000. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. (CRB93, $11.95)

 
Bradt Guide Dominica

Bradt Guide Dominica


by Paul Crask

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A compact, detailed guide to traveling in Dominica in the British series, with excellent coverage of natural history, cultural events, snorkeling and diving and other adventure activities. (CRB209, $25.99)

Dominican Republic in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture

Dominican Republic in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture


by David Howard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 100 PAGES

An excellent overview of Dominican Republic from an unabashedly left-leaning perspective. (CRB88, $12.95)

Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti

Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti


by Leah Gordon | Scott Doggett

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This practical guide to Dominican Republic and Haiti features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information. (CRB89, $22.99)

A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present

A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present


by Jan Rogozinski

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

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. (CRB38, $20.00)

A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny


by Mark Kurlansky

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

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. (CRB12, $17.95)

A Small Place

A Small Place


by Jamaica Kincaid

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 81 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Antigua-born Kincaid meditates on the politics, history and culture of the islands in these remarkable short essays. A useful antidote to the usual fun-in-the-sun approach of the local tourist office, the book shines a light on the poverty, corruption and startling beauty of the Caribbean. (CRB03, $13.00)

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean


by James Ferguson

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of their formation and geologic attributes, carrying through to the first civilizations in the region, and ending with the modern tourism boom. (CRB42, $14.95)

Caribbean Literature And the Environment, Between Nature And Culture


by Elizabeth Deloughrey

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

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. (CRB216, $22.50)

Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola

Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola


by Michele Wucker

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The story of the historic tensions between two countries which share a single island but are divided by history, language, race and class. (CRB46, $16.00)

Easy in the Islands, Stories

Easy in the Islands, Stories


by Bob Shacochis

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 214 PAGES

A collection of short stories and one of the most evocative depictions of daily life on the islands. Shacochis's characters, from islanders and interlopers, all ring true and his writing is a graceful tribute to the music, politics and cultural quirks of the Caribbean. (CRB78, $13.00)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


by Junot Diaz

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

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. (CRB213, $16.00)

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea


by Jean Rhys

  • LITERATURE
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 189 PAGES

This classic novel by Dominican-born Jean Rhys, steamy both in its lush, tropical setting and in its plot, imagines the encounter between Edward Rochester and his mad wife -- a riveting prequel to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. (CRB21, $13.95)

The Presence of Whales, Contemporary Writers on the Whale

The Presence of Whales, Contemporary Writers on the Whale


by Frank Stewart

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

In this well-chosen series of essays, some of our best modern writers enlighten and entertain on the subject of whales, with pieces from Roger Payne, Diane Ackerman, and Barry Lopez. (BST02, $15.95)

Thousand-Mile Song

Thousand-Mile Song


by David Rothenberg

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Musician-naturalist Rothenberg jams with cetaceans from the Caribbean to the Arctic in this exuberant chronicle of the rich underwater universe of whales. Audio CD included. (NAT144, $18.00)

Wild Caribbean, The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands

Wild Caribbean, The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands


by Michael Bright

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

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. (CRB206, $25.00)

200 Conspicuous, Unusual, or Economically Important Tropical Plants of the Caribbean

200 Conspicuous, Unusual, or Economically Important Tropical Plants of the Caribbean


by John Kingsbury

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

A general purpose plant identification guide to Caribbean shores, also useful for subtropical Florida. Features color photographs and short plant descriptions. (CRB01, $20.00)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean. (DIV11, $7.50)

Reef Fish Identification Caribbean

Reef Fish Identification Caribbean


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 400 PAGES

This definitive guide for underwater enthusiasts features 670 stunning color photographs of all the fishes of the tropical Atlantic. We also recommend Gulf of California (BJA39), Galapagos (DIV04) and Tropical Pacific (DIV49) in the same series, $39.95 each. (DIV03, $39.95)

Reefcomber's Guide, Caribbean

Reefcomber's Guide, Caribbean


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1982
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided laminated card depicts fish, corals and other invertebrates of the Caribbean. (DIV46, $7.50)

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water. (DIV02, $14.95)

Watching Giants, The Secret Lives of Whales

Watching Giants, The Secret Lives of Whales


by Elin Kelsey

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Kelsey's highly personal introduction to the culture, behavior and ecosystems of whales brims with vitality and funny anecdotes. She also discusses the human impact on underwater ecosystems. (OCE130, $42.00)

Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World

Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World


by Hadoram Shirihai | Brett Jarrett

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This eye-catching Princeton Field Guide by Shirihai and illustrator Jarrett is noteworthy for its 450 excellent color photographs, range maps and text, all bundled in a compact package. (FG62, $24.95)

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