Book Reviews

The ReVista book review section features reviews of recent books about Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latinx community in all disciplines.

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Surviving Mexico

Surviving Mexico

A Review of Surviving Mexico: Resistance and Resilience among Journalists in the Twenty-First Century Mexico is by far the most dangerous country for journalists to work in the Americas, and routinely hovers near the top of the world’s most dangerous, competing with...

The Brazilian Military’s Role in Public Security

The Brazilian Military’s Role in Public Security

A Review of Dano Colateral The Brazilian Military’s Role in Public Security On Sunday April 7, 2019, a 46-year-old private security guard and musician by the name of Evaldo Rosa dos Santos was driving his wife Luciana, seven-year-old son Davi Bruno, his wife’s...

Authoritarian Police in Democracy

Authoritarian Police in Democracy

A Review of Authoritarian Police in Democracy This deeply researched book suggests to its reader a truly tragic paradox: the possibility that under certain conditions, democratic institutions and processes may undermine rather than strengthen the rule of law. Building...

La Güera Rodríguez

La Güera Rodríguez

A Review of La Güera Rodríguez  By now, history has added a layer to the many ironies that Brandeis historian Silvia Arrom highlights in her spirited book about a controversial historical figure. The recent irony is in the protagonist’s nickname. La Güera Rodríguez:...

Modernity in Black and White

Modernity in Black and White

A Review of Modernity in Black and White​For years, one of my favorite pieces in the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) was the iconic Abaporu (1928), by Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral: a canvas saturated with the colors of Brazil’s flag (green,...

Becoming Free, Becoming Black

Becoming Free, Becoming Black

A Review of Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and LouisianaThe year was 1690. In the city of Havana, Cuba, a 20-year old enslaved woman named Juana asked the man who held her in slavery, one Juan Junco González, to grant her...

El misterio de las causalidades

El misterio de las causalidades

A Review of El misterio de las causalidades: RelatosAre the coincidences in our lives just random or could they have hidden causes and deeper meanings? Argentine author Maud Daverio Cox grapples with this enigma in her latest book, El misterio de las causalidades:...

For Christ and Country

For Christ and Country

A Review of For Christ and Country, Militant Catholic Youth in Post- Revolutionary Mexico​In the opening scene of Robert Weis’s superb For Christ and Country, Militant Catholic Youth in Post-Revolutionary Mexico,a young man named José de León Toral treks up a hill in...

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