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Everything You Need To Know about Latino History: Revised Edtion (utgåvan 1998)

av Himilce Novas (Författare)

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If you eat fajitas, listen to Selena, have studied the Spanish-American War, read Julia Alvarez, visited Miami, or seen Charlie Sheen in a movie, you're probably aware that Latino culture is an integral part of American life. But most Americans do not know much about Latino history, or realize the impact it has on the politics, economy, and culture of American life."Everything You Need to Know About Latino History" covers the contributions of Spaniards, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans whose cultures have given us everything from chocolate to chili peppers, from mambo to machismo, and from Desi Arnaz to Oscar Hijuelos. Presented in a question and answer format, this revised edition includes new information on Central and South Americans, the largest group of new Latino immigrants, the passing of Proposition 187 in California, and how Latino women are playing a larger role in politics and the arts. This accessible reference book is perfect for boththe history buff and the curious reader who want to learn more about Latino American history.… (mer)
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Titel:Everything You Need To Know about Latino History: Revised Edtion
Författare:Himilce Novas (Författare)
Info:Plume (1998), Edition: Revised, 368 pages
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Not quite what I had hoped for. To close out Hispanic Heritage Month it seemed like it would be a good time to pick up a book about Latino history. Author Novas gives us a look at Latino history (also discussing the differences and usage of Hispanic vs. Latino) in the form of a question and answer instead of just a straightforward history. Topics like the role of Spain (and other European countries), the indigenous peoples, the formulation of the United States and the relationship and the history Latinos have with the country and more are all covered.
 
In many ways the book was quite useful. There's a section on Puerto Rico which was sadly very timely but also quite informative. Questions that answer who is X and what role they played give mini-biographies of many historical figures that you may have heard of (and many you may have not!). I'm of two minds about whether the Q&A format was best because it both allowed me to skip questions or sections that didn't interest me (Latinos in pop culture wasn't something I wanted to read about) but at the same time I might have liked it better if it were just a more traditional historical narrative.
 
But on the flip side, there's there are plenty of downsides. This is the 2008 version and was published in late 2007. So it is out of date (there's no mention of the Obama presidency obviously, plus the changes during that time or any events at the very end of the George W. Bush presidency are not covered). The Q&A format has its downsides (and upsides!). As other reviews note, people from other Latin American countries are grouped together whereas people from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba each have their own chapters. I understand that it may have to do with the relationships of these particular groups of people to the US plus the sheer numbers but it still seemed a little odd.
 
I also agree with the other negative reviews: the book isn't well-written. Sometimes the bias is very obvious and it made me a little uncomfortable. There are many places where an editor could have been very helpful in hammering out how to make the writing less clunky and flow better instead of sometimes feeling like an information dump. Other reviews point to multiple errors of content which makes me hesitate just a bit on whether this was a good primer for me to read.
 
I did learn a lot of things and felt this book helped me contextualize stuff I had heard about or was really uninformed on, etc. But it seems like it might be a good idea for me to find another book to supplement this one. I bought this so I could read it on my own time but I think a library borrow would be better.
 
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  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
An ok introduction to your Latino neighbor's heritage. ( )
  Borg-mx5 | Apr 15, 2010 |
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If you eat fajitas, listen to Selena, have studied the Spanish-American War, read Julia Alvarez, visited Miami, or seen Charlie Sheen in a movie, you're probably aware that Latino culture is an integral part of American life. But most Americans do not know much about Latino history, or realize the impact it has on the politics, economy, and culture of American life."Everything You Need to Know About Latino History" covers the contributions of Spaniards, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans whose cultures have given us everything from chocolate to chili peppers, from mambo to machismo, and from Desi Arnaz to Oscar Hijuelos. Presented in a question and answer format, this revised edition includes new information on Central and South Americans, the largest group of new Latino immigrants, the passing of Proposition 187 in California, and how Latino women are playing a larger role in politics and the arts. This accessible reference book is perfect for boththe history buff and the curious reader who want to learn more about Latino American history.

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