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Colombia

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Essential Reading Package-EXSAM339

Item EXSAM339. Buy these 4 items as a set for $59 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Love in the Time of Cholera

SAM26
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edith Grossman (Translator)
Vintage Books
2007
348
0307389731
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A glorious tale of great love consummated after fifty years, nine months and four days, memorably set in a dusty 19th-century town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
$16.00

Culture Smart! Colombia

SAM163
Kate Cathey
Kuperard
2011
168
1857335457
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95

Moon Colombia

SAM202
Andrew Dier
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
500
1631213571
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Colombia.
$23.99

Colombia Adventure Map

SAM96
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Maps
2012
1
1553411714
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful travel map of Colombia at a scale of 1:1,525,000, printed on water- and tear-proof paper.
$11.95

Moon Bogota

SAM223
Andrew Dier
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
160
1631215884
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights) but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Bogota.
$14.99

Moon Medellin, Including Colombia's Coffee Region

SAM224
Andrew Dier
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
160
1631215906
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights) but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Medellin.
$14.99

Aroma of the World: A Journey into the Mysteries and Delights of Coffee

GNL28
Elisabetta Illy
White Star
2015
213
8854409243
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
A beautiful book for the coffee lover, this heavily illustrated compendium details the passage of the coffee bean from origination to current status as an icon of modern living.
$24.95

Beyond Bogota, Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia

SAM161
Gary Leech
Beacon Press
2010
260
0807061484
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Part memoir, part history, this is the tale of journalist Leech's 11-month captivity in Colombia at the hands of FARC, a guerrilla group. Leech is very critical of the drug war, and uses his ordeal as a frame for exploring the history, culture and current politics of Colombia.
$22.00

Colombia: A Concise Contemporary History

SAM212
Mejia, German R., Michael LaRosa
Rowman & Littlefield
2013
288
1442209364
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This refreshing history of Colombia showcases the country’s political, social and cultural accomplishments over the past two centuries -- a welcome break from all the focus on Colombia’s failures and disappointments.
$37.00

Forgotten Peace: Reform, Violence, and the Making of Contemporary Colombia

SAM234
Robert A. Karl
University of California Press
2017
344
0520293932
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In a lucid, scholarly narrative, Princeton professor Robert Karl examine's Colombia's mid-century conflicts (1950s and 1960s). He provides a vantage point for readers who would like to interpret the country's democratic transition and development that continues in the present day.
$34.95

Latin America in Colonial Times

SAM175
Matthew Restall
Cambridge University Press
2011
304
0521132606
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This scholarly primer considers the history of the continent from the arrival of the first Conquistadors in the 16th century to the dying embers of empire 300 years later, giving equal weight to the histories of the colonial rulers, the African slaves bro
$36.99

News of a Kidnapping

SAM174
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Vintage Books
2008
291
1400034930
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In 1990, fearing extradition to the United States, Pablo Escobar -- head of the Medellin drug cartel -- kidnapped ten notable Colombians to use as bargaining chips. With the eye of a poet, Garcia Marquez describes the survivors' perilous ordeal, depicting the keening ache of Colombia after nearly forty years of turmoil.
$15.95

The Andes

AND74
Jason Wilson
Oxford University Press
2009
266
0195386353
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

The Conquistadors, A Very Short Introduction

SPN489
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Matthew Restall
Oxford University Press
2012
128
0195392299
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This provocative book by two leading historians explores who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible.
$11.95

The Making of Modern Colombia, A Nation in Spite of Itself

SAM170
David Bushnell
University of California Press
1993
334
0520082893
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A leading historian of the region, Bushnell traces the political history of Colombia from before the arrival of the Spaniards through independence and reform in the 19th century, then through to the 1980s in this thoroughly enjoyable, incisive portrait of a nation.
$31.95

Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America

GEN462
Chris Bacon (Editor)
MIT Press
2008
400
0262524805
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
In this wide-ranging analysis, contributors review the historical, political, economic and agro-ecological processes of the coffee industry.
$34.00

Contemporary Art Colombia

SAM220
Hossein Amirsadeghi
Thames & Hudson
2016
272
0500970769
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The first comprehensive survey of Colombian art printed in English, this work sketches the new and dynamic art scene that has blossomed in the Latin American nation within the last decade.
$85.00

A Gringa in Bogota, Living Colombia's Invisible War

SAM184
June Carolyn Erlick
University of Texas Press
2010
144
0292722974
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Editor-in-Chief of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America, Erlick captures the rhythms of daily life and culture of the city.
$19.95

Bolivar, American Liberator

BZL122
Marie Arana
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2014
624
1439110204
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In her accessible biography of the "George Washington of Latin America," Marie Arana follows the remarkable leader through his struggles in six Latin American countries.
$22.00

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness

SAM02
Peter Matthiessen
Penguin Putnam
1987
280
0140255079
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego.
$16.00

How to Travel Without Seeing, Dispatches from the New Latin America

SAM228
Andres Neuman
Lightning Source
2016
224
1632060558
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Hopscotching around the countries of South America, all the way to Panama, acclaimed Spanish-Argentinian writer Andres Neuman offers wry observations on literature, history, language and current events. His virtuoso journey is organized into short sections and is chock full of culture and class.
$15.99

Living to Tell the Tale

SAM61
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edith Grossman (Translator)
Vintage Books
2004
496
140003454X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Garcia's celebrated memoir, as captivating, warm and spirited as any of his fictional tales, covers his youth in Aracataca, memorably recast as fictional Macondo on Colombia's Caribbean coast.
$15.95

My Colombian War, A Journey Through the Country I Left Behind

SAM169
Silvana Paternostro
Henry Holt and Company
2008
323
0805088601
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Now a journalist living in New York, Paternostro travels back to her homeland in a search for the roots of Colombia's bloody civil war.
$22.99

Oblivion, A Memoir

SAM183
Hector Abad
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2013
263
0374223971
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Written by his son, this searing memoir celebrates the life of a Colombian doctor who fought against oppression and inequality and who was murdered by paramilitaries in 1987.
$15.00

The Robber of Memories, A River Journey Through Colombia

SAM194
Michael Jacobs
Counterpoint
2013
272
161902196X
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Inspired by a chance encounter with Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Cartagena, the adventurous Michael Jacobs travels to Baranquilla to journey 1,000 miles across western Colombia on the great Magdalena, the "river of our lives." He captures the conflicts, troubled past and spirit of isolated communities along the way.
$26.00

One Hundred Years of Solitude

SAM27
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
HarperCollins Publishers
2006
417
0060883286
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The breathtaking, life-altering, much-celebrated tale of life and love is on most everyone's list of the greatest books of all time, ours included. Its setting and themes are universal.
$16.99

The Colombia Reader

SAM226
Marco Palacios (Editor), Ann Farnsworth-Alvear (Editor)
Duke
2017
648
0822362287
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Through contributions by writers, poets, political leaders and lay people, this Colombia primer gives insight into religion, art, culture, regional differences, gender inequalities, the rural/urban divide and more, fleshing out a country often defined by its drug wars.
$29.95

The Secret History of Costaguana

SAM185
Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Riverhead Books
2012
283
1594488037
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in early 20th century Colombia, this thoroughly postmodern novel revolves around the fictional Colombian exile Jose Altamirano and his connection to Joseph Conrad and his novel Nostromo, inspired by the history and people of Colombia.
$16.95

The Lost Amazon, The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes

AMZ144
Richard Evans Schultes (Photographer), Wade Davis
2016
176
1608876543
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Ethnobotanist Schultes disappeared into the Colombian Amazon and emerged 12 years later with more than 10,000 images of the tribes, specimens and landscapes he encountered deep in the jungles. This book pairs his photos with text by fellow ethnobotanist Wade Davis.
$40.00

The New Neotropical Companion

GPS11
J.C. Kricher, Mark Plotkin (Introduction)
Princeton University Press
2017
448
0691115257
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
From plants and animals to birds and bugs, it's all here in this wonderfully written overview of the ecology, habitats, plants and animals of Central and South America. A revised second edition.
$35.00

Tropical Nature

GPS13
Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Scribner
1984
248
0684187108
PAPER
Natural History
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.00

Birds of South America, Passerines

SAM221
Ber Van Perlo
Princeton University Press
2015
464
0691167966
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This sturdy guide to the perching birds of South America covers every known species, even those found on offshore islands like the Galapagos. The illustrated profiles cover 1,952 birds and include range maps and information on habitat, identification and vocalizations.
$29.95

Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica

SAM12
Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll
Princeton University Press
2001
224
0691090351
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.
$29.95

Colombia Birds

SAM216
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2015
1495183815
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Perfect for identifying the birds of Colombia, this guide easily slips into a pocket. Laminated with full-color illustrations that depict over 200 birds.
$7.95

For Kids

First Descent

SAM171
Pam Withers
McClelland and Stewart
2011
165
1770492577
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
When a 17-year-old tackles the first-ever descent of a tumultuous Colombian river in this novel geared for ages 12-14, Rex encounters both raging rapids and raging war.
$17.95

Waiting for the Biblioburro

SAM206
John Parra (Illustrator), Monica Brown
Tricycle Press
2011
32
1582463530
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A charming picture book about two burros, Alfa and Beto, who deliver books to the children in a rural Colombian village. Includes a glossary of Spanish terms.
$16.99

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Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide

GPS12
L.H. Emmons
University of Chicago Press
1997
298
0226207218
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South America features 29 color plates of more than 200 species.
$49.00

Birds of Tropical America

CAM39
Steven Hilty
University of Texas Press
2005
312
0292706731
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
An ornithologist and veteran leader of birding expeditions, Hilty serves up short essays on how to find and better appreciate the dizzying variety of neotropical birds, their habits and habitats, diversity and distribution in this well-loved book.
$29.95

Looking For History, Dispatches From Latin America

SAM60
Alma Guillermoprieto
Vintage Books
2002
303
0375725822
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A beautifully written, incisive collection of essays on contemporary Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Peru and Mexico.
$16.95

Lonely Planet Colombia

SAM74
Lonely Planet, Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
352
1742207847
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to Colombia featuring maps and detailed information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With a few color photographs and excellent travel information.
$26.99

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

GEN333
Tom Standage
Bloomsbury USA
2005
240
0802715524
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A highly enjoyable chronicle of the prestige, power, politics and pleasures of key beverages through the ages. Standage argues that the drinks that have mattered, since the Stone Age, are, in chronological order: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola. Each chapter is a vivid history of politics, prestige, colonialism, commerce and society.
$17.00

More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs, and America's War in Colombia

SAM98
Robin Kirk
Hachette
2004
317
1586482076
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A poignant examination of the destruction wrought by a decade of Colombia's drug wars. Blending interviews, personal experiences, and research, Kirk personalizes the violence and devastation rendered by the nation's paramilitary, guerrillas and drug cartels.
$16.95

Walking Ghosts: Murder and Guerrilla Politics in Colombia

SAM99
Steven Dudley
Routledge
2006
280
0415933048
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A meticulous and informative analysis of the culture of violence surrounding Colombian rebels, guerrillas, drug kingpins, and corrupt politicians.
$41.95

Our Lady of the Assassins

SAM100
Fernando Vallejo, Paul Hammond (Translator)
Serpent's Tail
2001
144
1852426470
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A vivid, cynical portrait of Medellin, Colombia's second largest city and the stronghold of ruthless drug lord Pablo Escobar. The narrator returns to the town after a long absence to find it beset by horrific violence and a chilling indifference to death.
$17.95

Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide

SAM103
Robin Restall, Clemencia Rodner, Roger Williams
Yale University Press
2006
656
0300124155
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive field guide, featuring an astounding 6400 paintings and 2308 maps, covers all the birds from Ecuador to Guiana.
$75.00

Bradt Guide Colombia

SAM128
Sarah Woods
Bradt Publications
2015
496
1841629219
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, detailed guide in the British series, strong on practical information and ideal for travel planning. With detailed sketch maps.
$27.99

Michelin Green Guide Colombia

SAM157
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2011
440
1907099107
PAPER
Guidebook
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
This handy Green Guide in the well-known series, the first for South America, is published in conjunction with Proexport Colombia and the local expertise shows in the thoroughly annotated, comprehensive listings for where to go, stay and eat throughout the country. With a 100-page introductory section, excellent local maps and color photography throughout.
$24.99

Gaviotas, A Village to Reinvent the World

SAM178
Alan Weisman
Chelsea Green Publishing
2008
240
1603580565
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A heartening story of one man’s dream to build a thriving community in an ascetic wilderness in rural Columbia and how, against all the odds, he pulled it off. The book focuses on Paolo Lugari, who founded the ecovillage of Gaviotas in the early seventies and despite the inhospitable environment of Columbia’s eastern savanna, known as the Llanos, and the chaos of the country’s civil war, the village has become a model for sustainable living.
$24.95

National Geographic Traveler Colombia

SAM187
Christopher P. Baker
National Geographic
2016
320
1426217021
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
The intrepid Christopher Baker, author of National Geographic Cuba and other titles, penned this guide to exploring the cities, beaches and towns of Colombia, noteworthy for its attention to detail, maps and striking color photographs.
$25.99

Wallpaper City Guide Bogota

SAM203
Rachael Moloney
Phaidon Press
2012
103
0714864226
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
$9.95

The World Atlas of Coffee, From Beans to Brewing

REF57
James Hoffmann
Firefly Books
2014
288
1770854703
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
A global history of the addictive brown bean organized by country, with a look at regional techniques and traits, fair trade efforts and the role of colonialism. Includes colorful maps and photos.
$35.00

The Great Inka Road

SAM205
Ramiro Matos
Smithsonian Institution Press
2015
240
1588344959
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
An astute collection of essays on the "Qhapaq Nan" (the Great Inca Road), covering its engineering, practical uses and the great civilization that built it. Includes more than 225 full-color illustrations.
$40.00

Rough Guide to Colombia

SAM209
Stephen Keeling
Rough Guides
2015
416
0241180171
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Colombia in the hip, literate and very infomative Rough Guide style. It's divided cleanly between practical information and illuminating background on culture and history.
$26.99

Life and Death in the Andes, On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes and Revolutionaries

AND87
Kim MacQuarrie
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
448
1439168903
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this heartfelt meditation on South America and the Andes, MacQuarrie follows the Andes, hot on the trails of legendary characters like Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar and Che Guevara.
$17.00

Frommer's Easyguide to Colombia

SAM225
Nicholas Gill
Frommer's
2017
320
1628872845
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
EasyGuides are full of practical, easy to absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals.
$20.95

The General in His Labyrinth

SAM231
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Vintage Books
2003
304
1400034701
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Dramatizing the life of the great Colombian general Simon Bolivar, Marquez sets this historical novel on the Magdalena River in Colombia. Past his prime, the charming, enthusiastic general relives a life of immense power, triumph, betrayal and elusive dreams while on a journey downriver.
$15.95

The Sound of Things Falling

SAM232
Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Riverhead Books
2014
300
159463274X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, this novel dramatizes the struggles of everyday Colombians during the drug wars between the government and the Medellin cartel. Now a lawyer, Antonio Yammara remembers Bogota circa 1960 and how Pablo Escobar slowly turned it into a living nightmare.
$16.00