Book Reviews

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

Recent Reviews

Bolivia in the Age of Gas

Bolivia in the Age of Gas

A Review of Bolivia in the Age of Gas Re-thinking Resources and Revolution in BoliviaBret Gustafson’s Bolivia in the Age of Gas is an ambitious and exquisitely detailed historical ethnography of Bolivia and its complicated relation with gas (and oil). Fossil fuels,...

El jardín pandémico

El jardín pandémico

A Review of El jardín pandémico From Chaos to Intimacy through a Dialogue with Plants Imagine the tranquility of a garden. With the aroma of flowers mixed in with the buzzing of bees and the contrast of shady trees against the fierce Paraguayan sun. From the intimacy...

How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die

A Review of How Democracies Die Challenges and Threats of Modern Democracies: Some Lessons from the U.S. Experience For Latin American Democracies How Democracies Die analyzes the main dangers that modern democracies face. As the authors warn, 21st-century democracies...

The Return of Collective Intelligence

The Return of Collective Intelligence

A Review of The Return of Collective Intelligence Ancient Knowledge and Modern Science: A New Paradigm for a New World My college Native American Culture professor,  the Mescalero Apache scholar Inez Sánchez, told our class that we should regard the word "primitive"...

Vernacular Sovereignties

Vernacular Sovereignties

A Review of Vernacular Sovereignties Kichwa Women for a Democracy with Diversity Manuela Lavinas Picq, a professor at the Universidad San Francisco en Quito, Ecuador, offers a rarely seen representation of Latin American Indigenous women as a collective, historical...

The Fernando Coronil Reader

The Fernando Coronil Reader

A Review of The Fernando Coronil Reader In Search of a Lost Future Fernando Coronil appears on the cover of this posthumous book in a photograph taken by his daughter Mariana. Cement and a communications tower appears to distance him from his beloved plains and...

Borderland Battles

Borderland Battles

A Review of Borderland Battles Post-Peace, Fragile Borderlands   When then-President Juan Manuel Santos signed a peace accord with one of the Western Hemisphere’s oldest guerrillas in 2016 (the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC), optimism ran...

Exile Music

Exile Music

A Review of Exile Music A Testament  to The Jewish Latin America Diaspora Novels about the Holocaust and Jewish survival span countries and languages and audiences of all ages. Such stories tend to be told against a European or United States background. Rarely does a...

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