Veteran journalist David E. Hoffman, author of three previous acclaimed books that drew on his extensive knowledge of Russia, shifts focus to Cuba in Give Me Liberty, but the story still involves a consequential and inspiring struggle against authoritarian rule. Oswaldo Paya was for years a leading voice of opposition to Fidel Castro’s dictatorship and formed a pro-democracy movement. He died in a mysterious car crash a decade ago. Hoffman’s account of Paya’s life is not only a richly detailed tale of individual courage, principle, and persistence, but also a penetrating examination of where motivation and determination to be free come from in people, what drives individuals in oppressive societies to assert themselves, and what it takes to secure liberties the rest of us often take for granted.
Who knew that a South Mexico mine fire a century ago could still feel so distressing--and so painfully relevant--to us here today? Yuri Herrera, one of the foremost chroniclers of Mexico's corruption, focuses in this short but powerful narrative on a long-overlooked episode in his country's tragic history, recounting a mine fire that, due to the company's and the government’s neglect, killed dozens of miners. HIs brilliant acount highlights what is sadly still a contemporary problem not only in Mexico but all over the world where exploitation is allowed to proceed unchecked.
Before he was one of international literature’s most revered figures, Paco Ignacio Taibo II was a student militant who participated in a series of protests in Mexico City during the summer of 1968 that culminated in a government-sanctioned massacre of the demonstrators. Paco, with his trademark irreverent and anti-establishment prose, captures the spirit of the 1968 Mexican student movement in this memoir. Not only is this book a brutal and harrowing narrative of events, it is also a tender depiction of the “Movement” and of what it means to be an idealistic and progressive revolutionary during times of repression and fear.