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From the award-winning author of American Canopy, a dazzling account of the world’s longest road, the Pan-American Highway, and the epic quest to link North and South America, a dramatic story of commerce, technology, politics, and the divergent fates of the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.The Pan-American Highway, monument to a century’s worth of diplomacy and investment, education and engineering, scandal and sweat, is the longest road in the world, passable everywhere save the mythic Darien Gap that straddles Panama and Colombia. The highway’s history, however, has long remained a mystery, a story scattered among government archives, private papers, and fading memories. In contrast to the Panama Canal and its vast literature, the Pan-American Highway - the United States’ other great twentieth-century hemispheric infrastructure project - has become an orphan of the past, effectively erased from the story of the “American Century.”The Longest Line on the Map uncovers this incredible tale for the first time and weaves it into a tapestry that fascinates, informs, and delights. Rutkow’s narrative forces the reader to take seriously the question: Why couldn’t the Americas have become a single region that “is” and not two near irreconcilable halves that “are”? Whether you’re fascinated by the history of the Americas, or you’ve dreamed of driving around the globe, or you simply love world records and the stories behind them, The Longest Line on the Map is a riveting narrative, a lost epic of hemispheric scale.
Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar
At 33, Virginia Vallejo was media elite. A renowned anchorwoman and socialite, and a model who appeared on magazine covers worldwide, Vallejo was the darling of Colombia's most powerful politicians and billionaires. Meeting Pablo Escobar in 1983, and becoming his mistress for many years, she witnessed the rise of a drug empire that was characterized by Escobar's far-reaching political corruption, his extraordinary wealth, and a network of violent crime that lasted until his death in 1993. In this highly personal and insightful story, Vallejo characterizes the duality of Escobar's charm and charisma as a benefactor to the people of Colombia, and the repulsion of his criminal actions as a tyrannical terrorist and enemy of many world leaders. Told from the present day perspective, and reflecting on her cooperation with the US Department of Justice, in 2006, as she testified against high-ranking Colombian ministers on trial for conspiracy and murder, Vallejo offers a compelling work of intimate reflection and critical journalism--a unique perspective on the Colombian drug wars and the endlessly fascinating figure, Pablo Escobar.
There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia
McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, Maria
The bloody story of the rise of paramilitaries in Colombia, told through three characters--a fearless activist, a dogged journalist, and a relentless investigator--whose lives intersected in the midst of unspeakable terror.Colombia's drug-fueled cycle of terror, corruption, and tragedy did not end with Pablo Escobar's death in 1993. Just when Colombians were ready to move past the murderous legacy of the country's cartels, a new, bloody chapter unfolded. In the late 1990s, right-wing paramilitary groups with close ties to the cocaine business carried out a violent expansion campaign, massacring, raping, and torturing thousands.There Are No Dead Here is the harrowing story of three ordinary Colombians who risked everything to reveal the collusion between the new mafia and much of the country's military and political establishment: Jesús María Valle, a human rights activist who was murdered for exposing a dark secret; Iván Velásquez, a quiet prosecutor who took up Valle's cause and became an unlikely hero; and Ricardo Calderón, a dogged journalist who is still being targeted for his revelations. Their groundbreaking investigations landed a third of the country's Congress in prison and fed new demands for justice and peace that Colombia's leaders could not ignore.Taking readers from the sweltering Medellín streets where criminal investigators were hunted by assassins, through the countryside where paramilitaries wiped out entire towns, and into the corridors of the presidential palace in Bogotá, There Are No Dead Here is an unforgettable portrait of the valiant men and women who dared to stand up to the tide of greed, rage, and bloodlust that threatened to engulf their country.
Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar
En julio de 2006 un avión de la DEA sacó a Virginia Vallejo de Colombia. Su vida estaba en peligro por haberse convertido en el testigo clave de los dos procesos criminales más importantes de la segunda mitad del siglo XX en su país: el asesinato de un candidato presidencial y el holocausto del Palacio de Justicia.Veinticinco años antes, Virginia Vallejo era la presentadora de televisión más importante de Colombia y la belleza profesional que aparecía en las portadas de las principales revistas. Cortejada por multimillonarios tradicionales, conoció en 1982 a Pablo Escobar, un misterioso político de treinta y tres años que en realidad manejaba los hilos de un mundo de riqueza inigualable en el que gran parte del incesante flujo de dinero procedente del tráfico de cocaína se canalizaba a proyectos de caridad y a las campañas de candidatos presidenciales de su elección.Este libro, una apasionada historia de amor convertida en crónica del horror y la vergüenza, describe la evolución de una de las mentes criminales más siniestras de nuestro tiempo: su capacidad de infundir terror y generar corrupción, los vínculos entre sus negocios ilícitos y varios jefes de estado, los asesinatos de candidatos presidenciales y la guerra en que sumió a su país. Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar es también la única visión íntima posible del legendario barón del narcotráfico, plena de glamour y espíritu de supervivencia y no exenta de humor. Virginia Vallejo narra esta historia descarnada como nadie más podría haberlo hecho.
Neruda: el llamado del poeta (Spanish Edition)
Un convincente retrato biográfico de una de las figuras más fascinantes e influyentes en la historia de América Latina, Pablo Neruda.
Rio De Janeiro (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Rio de Janeiro covers all the city's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.This newly updated pocket travel guide for Rio de Janeiro will lead you straight to the best attractions the city has to offer, from visiting the iconic Cristo Redentor statue to experiencing the Carnival parade at the Sambodromo to soaking up the atmosphere on the famous Copacabana Beach.
Galapagos: A Traveler's Introduction
The biology of the Galapagos Islands has arguably been studied more than any other archipelago in the world. Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands for five weeks in 1835 and then spent the next several decades at his home in England conducting experiments on a multitude of non-Galapagos species to confirm his theory of natural selection. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, one of the most important ideas in all of science.The islands are located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, 605 miles (973 km) off the west coast of South America and consist of 13 main islands and 6 smaller islands. Only some are open to visitors.In this richly illustrated tour of the Galapagos, world renowned photographer and naturalist Wayne Lynch captures the unique wildlife living here, including the Galapagos tortoise, the marine iguana, the flightless cormorant, the blue-footed boobie and the magnificent frigatebird.
Insider Brooklyn: A Curated Guide to New York City's Most Stylish Borough
A style expert and native New Yorker's little black book of Brooklyn. More than 200 places to eat, shop, and explore.Designated the "It" borough of New York, Brooklyn has become a trendsetting destination, drawing tourists from around the world. In this beautiful, thoughtfully curated anthology, style and shopping expert Rachel Felder offers a personal tour of the borough's best-kept secrets and diverse neighborhoods, as well as a full overview of its definitive cultural institutions, public spaces, and legendary venues.
Colombia (National Geographic Traveler)
Baker, Christopher P.
Recently considered one of the world's most dangerous places, Colombia has emerged from a long history of violence. Here, in this diamond-shaped tropical nation about the size of California and Texas combined, you can find sweeping rain forests teeming with exotic animals and birds, glistening snows capping the summits of Andean volcanoes, and dozens of colorful indigenous cultures that predate the conquistadores. A cornucopia of natural wonders side by side with sleepy colonial villages and vibrant cosmopolitan cities, Colombia--a country of 46 million people--is a South American giant just awakening to its vast potential. Award-winning travel writer Christopher Baker is a foremost expert on Colombia, and he takes you through the country's vast and varied landscapes with astute guidance, making sure you don't miss the must-do sights, and lesser ones as well. Among the special features are mapped walking tours of Bogotà's old city and historic Cartagena; a mapped driving tour of San Andrès; experiential sidebars on birding, cooking Colombian cuisine, and visiting the emerald mines; insider tips from National Geographic experts; and a hefty Travelwise section that features handpicked hotels and restaurants.
The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon
Arnold, Chris Feliciano
A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon - as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politiciansFollowing doctors and detectives, environmental activists and indigenous tribes, The Third Bank of the River traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla to the drones that are now mapping unexplored parts of the forest. Grounded in rigorous firsthand reporting and in-depth research, Chris Feliciano Arnold reveals a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.During the 2014 World Cup, an isolated Amazon tribe emerged from the rain forest on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of loggers who wanted their land. A year later, in the jungle capital of Manaus, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflame a drug war that has blurred the line between cops and kingpins. Both events reveal the dual struggles of those living in and around the world’s largest river. As indigenous tribes lose their ancestral culture and territory to the lure and threat of the outside world, the question arises of how best to save isolated tribes: Keep them away from the modern world or make contact in an effort to save them from extinction? As Brazil looks to be a world leader in the twenty-first century, this magnificent and vast region is mired in chaos and violence that echoes the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since Europeans first traveled its waters.
Argentina (National Geographic Traveler, 2nd Edition)
Aimed at active travelers who want authentic, enriching, cultural experiences and expert advice from a trustworthy source, National Geographic Travelers provide ways for people to experience a place rather than just visit, and give the true feel of each destination not easily found online. Argentina travel writer Wayne Bernhardson shares his insider knowledge in this completely updated and revised guidebook on the world's eighth largest country. Beginning in the exciting capital city of Buenos Aires, the book travels to every province, from the ice-chilled tip of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in the south to the Incan-influenced realm of the north, taking you to the country's most famous sites, and lesser known ones as well. The book is peppered with ideas for getting behind the scenes to study the Argentine language, celebrate the tango, wine-taste in some of the world's most famous wineries, and more. Insider Tips from National Geographic and local experts show you where the locals go. Mapped walks include a self-guided ramble through BA's colonial core; drives range from the amazing landscapes of the Cafayete-Cachi Loop in Salta Province to the spectacular Sierras del Cordoba. The book is rounded out with a hefty Travelwise section, including special hotels and restaurants, shopping, activities, and entertainment.
Hunter of Stories
The internationally acclaimed last work by the legendary Latin American writer.Master storyteller Eduardo Galeano was unique among his contemporaries (Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa among them) for his commitment to retelling our many histories, including the stories of those who were disenfranchised. A philosopher poet, his nonfiction is infused with such passion and imagination that it matches the intensity and the appeal of Latin America's very best fiction.Comprised of all new material, published here for the first time in a wonderful English translation by longtime collaborator Mark Fried, Hunter of Stories is a deeply considered collection of Galeano's final musings and stories on history, memory, humor, and tragedy. Written in his signature style--vignettes that fluidly combine dialogue, fables, and anecdotes--every page displays the original thinking and compassion that has earned Galeano decades and continents of renown.
The Way Around: Finding My Mother and Myself Among the Yanomami
Rooted in two vastly different cultures, a young man struggles to understand himself, find his place in the world, and reconnect with his mother - and her remote tribe in the deepest jungles of the Amazon rainforest - in this powerful memoir that combines adventure, history, and anthropology.For much of his young life, David Good was torn between two vastly different worlds. The son of an American anthropologist and a tribeswoman from a distant part of the Amazon, it took him twenty years to embrace his identity, reunite with the mother who left him when he was six, and claim his heritage.The Way Around is Good’s amazing chronicle of self-discovery. Moving from the wilds of the Amazonian jungle to the paved confines of suburban New Jersey and back, it is the story of his parents, his American scientist-father and his mother who could not fully adapt to the Western lifestyle. Good writes sympathetically about his mother’s abandonment and the deleterious effect it had on his young self; of his rebellious teenage years marked by depression and drinking, and the near-fatal car accident that transformed him and gave him purpose to find a way back to his mother.A compelling tale of recovery and discovery, The Way Around is a poignant, fascinating exploration of what family really means, and the way that the strongest bonds endure, even across decades and worlds.
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