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Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature

by Adrian Forsyth | Ken Miyata

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests. (GPS13, $16.00)

Maya Art and Architecture

Maya Art and Architecture

by Mary Ellen Miller

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Mayan artistic influence. (MYA20, $20.95)

Culture Smart! Guatemala

Culture Smart! Guatemala

by Lisa Vaughn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (CAM119, $9.95)

Rough Guide Guatemala

Rough Guide Guatemala

by Rough Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 511 PAGES

This comprehensive guide features good cultural information and the best overview of where to go and what to do throughout the country. It's got consistently more -- and more accurate -- information on markets, towns and excursions than the competition. With chapters on Copan and the Honduran Bay Islands. (CAM89, $21.99)

Guatemala Adventure Map

Guatemala Adventure Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

Water- and -tear proof with parks, preserves, underwater features and topography at a scale of 1:500,000. (CAM101, $11.95)

 
Lonely Planet Guatemala

Lonely Planet Guatemala


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to Guatemala with 35 local and city maps, color photographs and extensive information on where to go and what to do. (CAM85, $24.99)

A Brief History of Central America

A Brief History of Central America


by Hector Perez-Brignoll

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

A good overview of the region's economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise. (CAM49, $29.95)

Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World


by Dan Koeppel

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Central America. (CAM137, $17.00)

Bitter Fruit, The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

Bitter Fruit, The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala


by Stephen Schlesinger | Stephen Kinzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 331 PAGES

A foreign policy classic first published in 1982, brilliantly written and devastating in its implications. Schlesinger and Kinzer provide a dramatic account of the CIA-backed overthrow of Guatemala's democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz in 1954. (CAM82, $22.95)

The Guatemala Reader

The Guatemala Reader


by Greg Grandin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 648 PAGES

A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Guatemala, aimed at students, travelers and scholars. (GML18, $29.95)

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan: Volume One

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan: Volume One


by John Lloyd Stephens

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1969
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

The first volume of Stephens' 1841 account, an instant bestseller and still an excellent introduction to the people, culture and archaeology of Central America. It follows Stephens through Belize and Guatemala, with several chapters on Copan. With 127 engravings by Frederick Catherwood. We also carry Volume Two. ($14.95, Item MYA05) (MYA33, $16.95)

The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs

The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs


by Linda Schele | Peter Mathews

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A vivid guided tour of seven Maya sites, including Palenque, Tikal and Chichen Itza. This outstanding book features photos and line drawings throughout, and introductory chapters with a succinct introduction to Maya history and culture. (MYA13, $22.00)

The Maya

The Maya


by Michael Coe

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Coe's clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights the chronology, accomplishments and legacy of the Maya. (MYA10, $26.95)

Guatemala: Never Again!

Guatemala: Never Again!


by Thomas Quigley

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Eyewitness testimony of the war conducted by the military against Guatemala's indigenous population during the 36-year civil war. (CAM88, $34.00)

Guatemalan Journey

Guatemalan Journey


by Stephen Connely Benz

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Opening with a long chapter on life in Guatemala City, Benz's memoir moves on to the remote highlands and other little-visited regions. An excellent account of Guatemala's political history, traditions, and indigenous cultures. (GML03, $25.00)

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala


by Rigoberta Menchu | Elisabeth Burgos-Debray

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, Menchu speaks eloquently of her struggles against the military for a decent way of life. Although some of the book's events have been called into question, it is a compelling testimony to the power of a strong-minded, ordinary person and her love for her land. (GML01, $22.95)

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life


by Dennis Tedlock

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 388 PAGES

The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya. (MYA14, $16.99)

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