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1 The Panama Canal. Fiftieth Anniversary. The story of a great conquest.
Panama Canal Information Office 1964 Hard Cover 
122 pages, well illustrated, maps, cloth, ex-library with usual library markings, dust jacket frayed otherwise very good. 8-1/2 by 11 inches. 
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2 Abbott, John S. C. [John Stevens Cabot] History of Hernando Cortez
New York Harper & Brothers 1855 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
348 pages, illustrations, illustrated half-title in color, decorated red cloth, spine sun-faded otherwise very good, clean and tight. From the Wikipedia website: John Stevens Cabot Abbott (18051877) , an American historian, pastor, and pedagogical writer, was born in Brunswick, Maine. He was a brother of Jacob Abbott, and was associated with him in the management of Abbott's Institute, New York City, and in the preparation of his series of brief historical biographies. ~ He was a voluminous writer of books on Christian ethics, and of popular histories, which were credited with cultivating a popular interest in history. He is best known as the author of the widely popular History of Napoleon Bonaparte (1855) , in which the various elements and episodes in Napoleon's career are described. Abbott takes a very favourable view towards his subject throughout. Also among his principal works are: History of the Civil War in America (1863-1866) , and The History of Frederick II, Called Frederick the Great (New York, 1871). ; 348 pages 
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3 ARROYO, JUSTO Panama
Paris Editions Delroisse (Circa 1977) 2855180287 / 9782855180281 Hard Cover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
168 pages, well illustrated in color, map, cloth, dj, 8-1/2 by 11 inches, dj frayed otherwise very good. Photos: Arte Foto, Panama, R.P. Rene Moser, Reporters photographes: Ricardo Fernandez, Harald Gabrielson, Leon Greene, Foto Flatau. Textes: Professeur Justo Arroyo. 
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4 BAUDEZ, CLAUDE and, PICASSO, SYDNEY Lost cities of the Maya.
New York Harry N. Abrams, 1992 0810928418 / 9780810928411 Soft Cover Very Good 
Translated from the French by Caroline palmer. e175, [1] pages, well illustrated (many in color), pictorial wrappers, very good. "Claude Baudez, eminent archaeologist and head of research by France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, has suited the remains of the little-known civilizations of Mesoamerica in Costa Rica and Honduras. Since 1971 he has devoted himself entirely to research into the Maya. He was codirector of the excavations carried out on the site of Tonina, Mexico, and was in charge of the program to explore and restore Copan, Honduras. Sydney Picasso was the official photographer of the Franco-Brazilian archaeological mission to Lagoa Santa. Between 1974 and 1980 she was a research assistant at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and since then she has been working for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique on a program on the rock art of South America." 
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5 Bordeaux, Edmond S. [Szekely] The Soul of Ancient Mexico.
Mille Meditations, 1968 Soft Cover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
135 pages, well illustrated, pictorial wrappers, normal shelf wear to covers otherwise very good, 9" x 12". From The Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology: "Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, the proponent of a modern spiritual pathway he ascribed to the ancient Essenes, was born in Hungary early in the twentieth century. ~around 1923, in the Vatican Archives, he reportedly discovered the lost gospel written in Aramaic, the language Jesus actually spoke. He also reportedly discovered a Hebrew fragment of the text in Monte Cassino. (Szekely left little information about the manuscripts and no one else has been able to locate them. ) Szekely also claimed to have found a copy of the manuscript written in Old Slavonic in Vienna, but again few details have been left concerning the find or its present location. Szekely published a section of the manuscript in 1937 as the Gospel of Peace by the Apostle John. It was later republished as the Essene Gospel of Peace, the name by which it is currently best known. Given the vague information on its discovery and the failure in locating the original manuscripts, critics have suggested that the ancient texts never existed and that the Essene Gospel is an entirely modern product of Szekely's imagination. In spite of these criticisms, many have found the book of great inspirational value. Shortly after the publication of the Gospel, Szekely founded several communes in France which attempted to embody its teachings. However, as Hitler rose to power, Szekely left for the Americas. He settled in Tecate, Mexico, south of San Diego, and eventually became a Mexican citizen. He purchased a rural estate and opened the Essene School, built upon the idea that Jesus and the first Christians were Essenes. Here he began to systematically teach his principles for healthy living, which he termed biogenics. Keys to the system were vegetarianism and the use of whole fresh foods. His estate, Rancho la Puerta, became famous as a health spa, attracting many wealthy and famous people. In 1958 Szekely opened the Golden Door, a health spa in Escondido, California, that became one of the most famous of the era. It was especially favored by Hollywood stars. From his base in the Essene School he founded the International Biogenic Society to perpetuate his health perspective and authored numerous books. He also founded the Academy of Creative Living, which published many of his books, including the second and third installments of the Essene Gospel of Peace (1974). He spent the last years of his life in Cartago, Costa Rica, where he died in 1980." 
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6 Brenner, Anita The Wind That Swept Mexico: the History of the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1942
Austin, University of Texas 1971 0292701063 / 9780292701069 Third Printing Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
[8], 310 pages, well illustrated, cloth, very good. Text by Anita Brenner. 184 historical photographs assembled by George R. Leighton. From the publisher's foreword: Immediately upon its publication in 1943, The Wind That Swept Mexico was widely recognized as one of the most powerful and discerning pictorial histories ever published. 28 years later it is still regarded as a unique photographs. "Only 100 pages of text and 184 historical news photographs, yet this is the Mexican Revolution in its drama, its complexity, its incompleteness!" Wrote Bertram D. Wolfe in Book Week in 1943. ~ When the decision was reached to bring The Wind That Swept Mexico back into print, it was suggested that the story of the revolution be brought up to date. Also, Miss Brenner thought of adding a section comparing it with other revolutionary movements in the world. In the end it was decided to keep this minor classic intact and virtually unchanged. The text has been completely reset and the plates have been remade from exhibit prints kindly furnished by the New York Public Library. No other changes from teh original edition have been made. ; 310 pages 
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7 CASTILIO, BERTAL DIAZ del The discovery and conquest of Mexico, 1517-1521.
New York Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1956 Hard Cover 
Edited from the only exact copy of the original MS.. 478 pages, text illustrations, maps, cloth, very good. 
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8 CLEMENTS, CHARLES Witness to war. An American doctor in El Salvador.
Toronto, Bantam Books, 1984 0553050648 / 9780553050646 Hard Cover Signed by Author
268 pages, 8 plates, 2 maps, cloth, dj, little damp stained otherwise very good. Inscribed presentation copy from the author.; Signed by Author 
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9 COE, MICHAEL D. Mexico. Third edition, revised and enlarged.
London Thames and Hudson, 1984 Hard Cover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
180 pages, well illustrated, maps, plans, cloth, dj, very good. From the dj: Since its first publication in 1962, Michael D. Coe's Mexico has been recognized as the classic, indispensable account of Mexico's ancient civilizations. Now this companion volume to Professor Coe's The Maya has been entirely revised and enlarged for the third edition. 
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10 COY, HAROLD The Mexicans.
Boston Little Brown & Co. , 1970 First Edition Hard Cover 
Illustrated by Francisco Mora. 326 pages, illustrations, cloth, dj, very good. 1st edition. 
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11 DAVIS, PETER Where is Nicaragua?
New York Simon & Schuster 1987 067154618X / 9780671546182 Hard Cover 
347 pages, cloth, dj, very good. From the dj, 'In Where is Nicaragua? Peter Davis lifts a reader into a surreal landscape of luxury hotel suites and squalid huts, takes one to a perilous borderland between Nicaragua and Honduras, to the CIA-mined port of Corinto, to a sleepy yet embattled American embassy in Managua. Int these places there are nuns who argue revolution, priests who condemn it and a citizenry that fights to preserve its reverence for both the Virgin Mary and Lenin. Davis reminds us who the revolutionary leader Sandino was and what the Somozas did to their own people, and he shows the present bitter, bloody conflict between the Sandinistas and the U.S. supported contras. Davis introduces us to 'the last Marine,' an American who was part of the Marine troop that chased Sandino, as well as to today's leading revolutionary, Daniel Ortega and to his principal antagonist, Cardinal Obando y Bravo. . . We discover, finally, how it is to be in an unstrategic backwater that has become the obsession of a major power.' 
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12 DICKEY, CHRISTOPHER With the contras. A reporter in the wilds of Nicaragua.
New York Simon & Schuster, 1985 Hard Cover 
327 pages, 4 plates, map, cloth, dust jacket, 1st edition, very good. 
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13 Epica Task Force Grenada: the Peaceful Revolution
Washington, D. C. EPICA Task Force 1982 0918346053 / 9780918346056 Softcover Very Good 
132 pages, well illustrated, maps, pictorial wrappers, 8 by 11 inches, very good. From the back cover: "12The Ecumenical Program for Interamerican Communication and Action (EPICA) is a nonprofit education / action project which focuses on socio-economic problems and political struggles in Central America and the Caribbean. EPICA publications provide readers with historical background and up-to-date analyses for understanding these societies and the impact of the United States upon them. The EPICA Task Force prepares its publications in close association with grassroots organizations in the region and develops solidarity networks in collaboration with U. S. Social / religious groups in support of justice and liberation efforts in the Caribbean Basin. " SR512AOS ; 132 pages 
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14 Fagan, Brian M. The Aztecs
New York W. H. Freeman & Company 1984 0716715856 / 9780716715856 Softcover Good 
Xiv, 322 pages, well illustrated, map, pictorial wrappers, covers a little frayed otherwise very good. From the back cover: "Internationally known archaeologist Brian Fagan synthesizes detailed written research and oral history to construct an irresistibly readable story of one of the world's most flamboyant, least understood early civilizations. Extensively illustrated, The Aztecs is unique in its examination of the civilization both historically and as a complex, smoothly functioning society at the height of its powers. Fagan draws from a variety of research sources, including the invaluable codices compiled by 16th century friars, to convey the full flavor and detail of early Mexican life and culture. " CH133C ; 322 pages 
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15 GETTLEMAN, MARVIN E; PATRICK LACEFIELD, LOUIS MENASHE, DAVID MERMELSTIN, RONALD RADOSH editors El Salvador: Central America in the new Cold War.
New York Grove Press, 1981 0394179560 / 9780394179568 Soft Cover 
397 pages, 2 plates, pictorial wrappers, inscription on half-title by former owner otherwise very good. 'An impressive compilation . . . it is the merit of this collection that it tells us both what is specific to the pathetic case of El Salvador, and what it has in common with other recent tragedies.' (Stanley Hoffman, THE NEW REPUBLIC). 
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16 HASKIN, FREDERICK J. The Panama Canal.
Garden City, NY Doubleday & Co. 1913 Hard Cover 
Illustrated from photographs taken by Ernest Hallen, Official Photographer of the Isthmian Canal Commission. 386 pages, map, cloth, 1st edition, very good. 
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17 HASLIP, JOAN The crown of Mexico. Maximilian and His Empress Carlota.
New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972 0030865727 / 9780030865725 Hard Cover 
531 pages, 8 plates, map endpapers, cloth, dust jacket, very good. 
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18 HAY, CLARENCE L. et al (editors) The Maya and their neighbors : essays on Middle American anthropology and archaeology.
New York Dover Publications, 1977 0486235106 / 9780486235103 Soft Cover Fair 
Edited by Clarence L. Hay, Ralph L. Linton, Samuel K. Lothrop, Harry L. Shapiro and George C. Vaillant. 606 pages, 10plates, text illustrations, charts, 1 folding map, pictorial wrappers, some shelf wear otherwise very good. From the publisher: Thirty four chapters by the nation's leading scientists cover such topics as American Indian physical anthropology, Maya physical anthropology, soil economics of Middle America, linguistic classifications, special problems of Highland and Lowland Maya archaeology, Maya inscriptions, Maya astronomy and correlations with the European calendar, Maya architecture and city planning, ceramic sequences from Copan and elsewhere, patterns in general Middle American archaeology, Middle American influences on the cultures of the southwestern and southeastern United States, the Toltec and Zapotec cultures, non-Maya monumental sculpture of this area, south American influences in Middle America, and many related subjects. The list of authors in this volume is practically a who's who of American anthropology of the day: W.W. Howells, Ralph Linton, J.A. Mason, A.V. Kidder, J. Eric Thompson, Sylvanus G. Morley, Herbert Spinden R. Wauchope, Earnest A. Hooten, Oliver La Farge, George Vaillant, S.K. Lothrop,P.A, Means, A.L. Kroeber and too many others to list. 
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19 INNES, HAMMOND The conquistadors.
New York Alfred A. Knopf, 1969 Hard Cover 
336 pages, well illustrated (many in color), map, cloth, dj little frayed otherwise very good. From the dj: In this book the celebrated novelist, Hammond Innes, puts to the service of history the incomparable narrative gifts that make him one of the great story tellers of our day. He brings his mastery of the narrative of adventure to the retelling of one of the most extraordinary episodes in the annals of the Western hemisphere - the conquest of Mexico and Peru by a handful of Spanish soldiers of fortune, the collapse of two mighty empires, Aztec and Inca, before the ruthless determination of Cortes and Pizarro. 
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20 JONES, KENNETH J. editor Panama Now : Portrait of a Nation - Reference Book of the Republic
Panama Banco Continental Hard Cover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
232 pages, well illustrated, map endpapers, cloth, dj, very good. From the publisher: "The big challenge for Panama is total responsibility for the Panama Canal which the USA will finally cede to the republic at midnight on December 31, 1999. At the same time, unless some last-minute accommodations are made, a last salute will be fired to mark the end of the U.S. military presence in Panama. Former U.S. military bases form a large part of the 'reverted areas' of the old Canal Zone, the majority of which, under the treaties signed by Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos and President Jimmy Carter, are in the process of being handed back to Panama. This book details some of the bold and imaginative uses planned for these potential 'white elephants.' It also gives a picture of Panama and Panamanians, confident in their traditions, comfortable with their folklore, forging a vibrant economy, and facing the challenges of a brave new world of change. Panama Now is a work of reference and a record of an era." 
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