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History Politics and Society

Title Author Publisher
Don't Be Afraid Gringo : A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart : The Story of Elvia Alvarado Elvia Alvarado, Medea Bejamin  HarperCollins
The Mosquito Coast Paul Theroux  Penguin USA
Lighting the Mosquito Coast Barry Colman  CMML
The United States, Honduras, and the Crisis in Central America Donald Schulz, Deborah Schulz Unknown
Scribes, Warriors, and Kings: The City of Copan and the Ancient Maya, Revised Edition William L. Fash M. Paige Thames & Hudson
How the Maya Built Their World : Energetics and Ancient Architecture Elliot M. Abrams Univ of Texas Pr.
Copan : The Rise and Fall of a Classic Maya Kingdom David Webster et al Costa Rica Books.

Tourist and Specific Guidebooks

Moon Handbooks: Honduras 2nd Ed: Including the Bay Islands and Copan
by Chris Humphrey ***Luke's Pick

Moon Handbooks: Honduras is full of nitty-gritty, firsthand details on all aspects of travel in this picturesque, unspoiled country. Author Chris Humphrey leads you beyond the standard tourist destinations to pristine beaches, diving spots, tropical rainforests, Mayan ruins, and mountain mining towns. He gives you details on traveling by bus, taxi, car, plane, ferry, canoe, and foot, and shares his reviews of restaurants and hotels in every price range. Moon Handbooks: Honduras also provides an in-depth exploration of Honduras' geography, plant and animal life, history, and culture, giving you the chance to see this enigmatic country in its historical context.

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Adventures in Nature Honduras
by James D. Gollin ***Luke's Pick

Adventures in Nature: Honduras provides a realistic picture of the adventure travel opportunities in this relatively undiscovered destination. Adventures in Nature: Honduras brims with opinionated reviews of where to go, what to do, and where to eat and stay. At the same time, it also explains both sides of the country's environmental struggle: how political and economic forces are destroying nature and how local environmental groups are working to build a sustainable society.

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Honduras (Ulysses Travel Guide)
by Eric Hamovitch

From Book News, Inc. , August 1, 1994

Honduras has made a creative comeback in the years since Hurricane Mitch. Turning adversity into opportunity, it has improved much of its tourism infrastructure and today welcomes visitors with even more charm than before.
The fascinating Mayan ruins at Copan, the stunning Caribbean beaches, the colonial gems in and around Tegucigalpa, the majestic rainforests and mountains, and of course, the kaleidoscopic reefs around the Islas de la Bahia (Bay Islands) all of this awaits the curious traveler looking for a perfect blend of culture and nature.
In this guide you will find extensive listings of lodging and dining possibilities for all budgets; 20 maps accompanied by detailed practical information to help you find your way to all of the finest sites, parks and beaches; a cultural and historical portrait of the country, animated by insets and illustrations as well as a Spanish - English glossary.

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HONDURAS AND ITS BAY ISLANDS -- A Mariner's Guide
by Rick Rhodes (Illustrator), Julie Wright

The geography, natural resources, demographics and economy of Honduras and Its Bay Islands are addressed in this book. This cruising guide contains 55 GPS waypoints for harbor entries, and five city maps. Scuba diving, marinas, restaurants, other supplies and services, and navigational aspects in the Bay Islands and along the northwest coast of Honduras are also covered. The guide is supplemented with 19 extracts from U.S. Government (i.e., DMA/NIMA) nautical charts. Many helpful hints, including how to stay healthy, as well as a Spanish language appendix are included.

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La Mosquitia: A Guide to the Land of Savannas, Rain Forests and Turtle Hunters
by Robert J. Sharer ***Luke's Pick

A wonderful, first-hand account and resource for going off the beaten path and into the Mosquito Coast of Honduras. Enter La Mosquitia from the gateway Palacios and use Parent's guidance to find your way throug the Garifuna and Miskito communities among the lagoons and along the shores of the Caribbean coast. Fascinating!

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History Politics and Society

Don't Be Afraid Gringo : A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart : The Story of Elvia Alvarado
by Elvia Alvarado, Medea Benjamin
***Luke's Pick

Trained by the Catholic Church to organize women's groups to combat malnutrition, Alvarado, a woman with a second-grade education, began to question the wretched conditions she saw around her. She became one of her country's leading political activists. 14 pages of halftones. PBS documentary scheduled for May. One of the best looks at human rights and our own injustice., April 3, 1998.

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The Mosquito Coast
by Paul Theroux
***Luke's Pick

Reviewer: A reader from Connecticut I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a novel with unique characters and an unpredictable plot. This story is told from the point of view of Charlie Fox, son of Allie Fox. Allie is a selfish man who is fed up with American society. He improves upon the "imperfections" of the world with his ingenious inventions. He moves his family to the South American jungle to escape the defective society and create a suitable town of his own. Charlie relates his father's actions through admiring eyes at first, but he soon sees the flaws in his father's civilization. The family suffers many losses and eventually realizes that Allie is not saving them from a faulty society, but he is squelching them from thriving. This is a very well written, detailed novel that has a great deal of suspense. While the story is unique, all can relate to the feelings and thoughts of the characters in this exciting, thought-provoking novel.

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Lighting the Mosquito Coast
by Barry Colman

John Ruddock's vivid and animated words transport you from wiring the first lights in turn-of-the-century Ireland to 52 years trailblazing for a more powerful light through Central America. It's a physical adventure of outrageous characters, banana trains, Carib Indians, dictators, coups, volcanoes, malaria, dugout canoes, monkeys, macaws and machetes. A spiritual validation for the reality of God, His living Word, the life-redeeming gift of His Son and proof that faith changes lives. And a story of diligent love between a man and his Savior.
This book includes 24 pages of photographs.
Great perspective of the Honduras Mosquitia, November 9, 1999 Reviewer: Ted Maschal (ted@teddanger.com) from Utila/San Francisco This book provides an interesting account of the recent history of the Mosquitia Coast, and helped greatly with my research of the Legendary lost city of Ciudad Blanca. Taken from the autobiography of a missionary, it's an honest account of his families trials and tribulations. A must read for lovers of the Mosquitia.

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The United States, Honduras, and the Crisis in Central America
by Donald and Deborah Schulz

Placing events in the context of Honduran history, this book provides a fascinating account of Honduran domestic politics and policy makers.

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Scribes, Warriors, and Kings: The City of Copan and the Ancient Maya, Revised Edition
by William L. Fash
***Luke's Pick

Copán's role in the development of Maya archaeology is charted in lavishly illustrated detail.

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How the Maya Built Their World : Energetics and Ancient Architecture
by Elliot M. Abrams
***Luke's Pick

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Copan : The Rise and Fall of a Classic Maya Kingdom (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology)
by David Webster et al

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Adventures in Honduras

Copan was the jewel of the Mayan Empire. The Black Garifuna towns on the Caribbean resonate with Punta music. The Bay Islands are full of pirate lore and host to legendary diving. The Mosquito Coast is a wild jungle and home to indigenous Pech , and Miskito people. Our documentaries, photos, and travel tips give you all you need to discover Honduras by yourself.

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