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Recommended Readings

The best Travel, Culture, Nature and Adventure Books we found about countries and subject featured on our site

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CENTRAL AMERICA

Recommended Titles about Central America (General)

History, Politics and Society

Wildlife and the Environment

Travel and Impressions

Fiction

Archeology and Maya Civilization Maps

History, Politics and Society

Title Author Publisher

Central America Inside Out

Tom Barry

Grove Atlantic, US

Central America: A Nation Divided

Ralph Lee Woodward Jr.

Oxford University Press

Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America

Peter Dale-Scott and Jonathan Marshall

University of California

Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua

In Focus

LAB/Interlink Books

Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

Inside

LAB/Resource Center Press

Power in the Isthmus and The Pacification of Central America

James Dunkerley

Norton/Verso

War on the Land: Ecology and Politics in Central America

William Weinberg

Zed Books/Humanities Press

Travel and Impressions

Title Author Publisher

Beyond the Mexique Bay

Aldous Huxley

 Flamingo, UK

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan

John Lloyd Stephens

 Dover

So far from God

Patrick Marnham

Penguin

Travels in the New World

Thomas Gage

 University of Oklahoma Press

Through the Volcanoes

Jeremy Paxman

 Paladin

Archeology and Maya Civilization

Title Author Publisher

A Forest of Kings

Linda Schele and Mary Miller

Quill, US

An Archeological Guide to Northern Central America

Joyce Kelly

University of Oklahoma

The Ancient Maya

Robert Sharer

Stanford University

The Code of Kings

Linda Schele and Peter Mathew

Shribner, US

The Maya

Michael Coe

 Thames & Hudson

The Maya Cosmos

Linda Schele, David Freidel, and Joy Parker

 Quill, US

The Rise and Fall of the Maya Civilization

J. Eric. S. Thompson

 University of Oklahoma

Wildlife and the Environment

Title Author Publisher

A Neotropical Companion

John C. Kricher

 Princeton University Press

In the Rainforest

Catherine Caulfield

 Knopf, US

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals

Louise H. Emmons

 University of Chicago

The Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

Steve Howe and Sophie Webb

 Oxford University Press

Fiction

Title Author Publisher

And We Sold the Rain: Contemporary Fiction from Central America

Rosario Santos (ed)

 Ryan Publishing, UK


GUATEMALA

Recommended Titles about Guatemala and Maya people

Archeology and Maya Civilization

Tourist and Specific Guidebooks

Mayan Clothing and Weaving

Maps

History, Politics and Society  

Note: You can buy books at discounted rates through Amazon.com by following the publisher links on our selected books, or you can access our page with book content information and our recommendations by clicking on the title. Books in Red are Luke's picks

Archeology and Maya Civilization

Title Author Publisher

The World of the Ancient Maya

John S. Henderson

Cornell University Pr.

A Forest of Kings : The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

Linda Schele, David Freidel (Contributor)

Quill

Popol Vuh : The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life

Dennis Tedlock (Translator)

Touchstone Books

Breaking the Maya Code

Michael D. Coe

Thames & Hudson

An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

Mary Miller, Karl Taube (Contributor)

Thames & Hudson

The Art of the Maya Scribe

Michael D. Coe, Justin Kerr

Harry N. Abrams

An Archeological Guide to Northern Central America

Joyce Kelly

University of Oklahoma

The Ancient Maya

Robert Sharer

Stanford University Pr.

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

Linda Schele and Peter Mathew

Touchstone Books

The Maya  (Ancient Peoples and Places)

Michael D. Coe

Thames & Hudson

The Maya Cosmos : Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path

Linda Schele, David Freidel, and Joy Parker

Quill

Mayan Clothing and Weaving

Title Author Publisher

Resplandor de colores, Trajes indigenas Mayas de Guatemala

written in Japanese and published by the: 

 Tokyo Kasei Daigaku, 1998

Guatemala Rainbow

Gianni Vecchiato

 Pomegranate Art Books, 1989

Maya of/de Guatemala, Life and Dress

George W. Druckerei, Carmen L. Pettersen 

 University of Washington Press

Maya Textiles of Guatemala : The Gustavus A. Eisen Collection

Margot Blum Schevill, Christopher H. Lutz, Phoebe Apperson Hearst

University of Texas Press

Maya Culture and Costume : A Catalogue of the Taylor Museum's E. B. Ricketson Collection of Guatemalan Textiles

Christine Conte

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

History, Politics and Society

Title Author Publisher

Eternal Spring – Eternal Tyranny

Jean-Marie Simon

W.W. Norton & Company

Unfinished Conquest : The Guatemalan Tragedy

Victor Perera, Daniel Chauche (Photographer)

University  California Press

Doing Business With the Dictators : A Political History of United Fruit in Guatemala, 1899-1944

Paul J. Dosal

Scholarly Resources

Rigoberta Menchu – An Indian Woman in Guatemala

Rigoberta Menchu

Verso Books

Bridge of Courage : Life Stories of the Guatemalan Companeros and Companeras

Jennifer Harbury, Noam Chomsky (Introduction)

Common Courage Press

The Blood of Guatemala : A History of Race and Nation (Latin America Otherwise)

Greg Grandin

Duke University Press

Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

Stephen C. Schlesinger, Stephen Kinzer, Stephen E. Schlesinger, Richard A. Nuccio

Harvard University Press

Voices from Exile : Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History

Victor Montejo

University Oklahoma Press

Tourist and Specific Guidebooks

Title Author Publisher

Lonely Planet Guatemala

Conner Gorry

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Guatemala, Belize & Yucatan LA Ruta Maya

Tom Brosnahan

Lonely Planet

Guatemala : A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture

Trish O'Kane

Interlink Pub Group

The Rough Guide to Guatemala

Mark Whatmore

Rough Guides

Guatemala : Adventures in Nature

Richard Mahler

Avalon Travel Publishing


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