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Chewing Gum: The Fortunes of Taste, by Michael Redclift.
A social, political, ecological, economic, and cultural history of chicle-based chewing gum, with a particular emphasis on the impact that it has had on the Yucatan region and its Mayan natives.

Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate, by Elizabeth Hill Boone.
An in-depth analysis of the surviving ancient, Mexican divinatory codices.

A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States, by Timothy J. Henderson.
An in-depth and fascinating analysis of the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848, the events leading up to it, and its long-term repercussions. The book is written primarily from a Mexican viewpoint.

Historical Atlas of Central America, by Carolyn Hall and Héctor Pérez Brignoli.
A superbly illustrated atlas of Central American covering the 16th century to the present. Includes a detailed overview of the history and culture of the region, and includes 405 color maps.

The History of the Incas, by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa.
A new, illustrated translation of Gamboa's monumental history of the Incas.

Jungle of the Maya, photographs by Douglas Goodell and Jerry Barrack.
This book takes readers on a breath-taking photographic journey through the Selva Maya (Forest of the Maya).

The Maya Tropical Forest: People, Parks, and Ancient Cities, by James D. Nations.
Part travelogue and part natural history guidebook; this book provides important data about the state and future of the Maya Tropical forest and the history and geography of the region.

The Mexican Wars for Independence, by Timothy J. Henderson.
A rousing account of Mexico's wars of independence 1810-1821, including its causes and consequences. Within this study, special attention is given to the social causes of the conflicts, and how they are still affecting Mexico today.

Palaces and Power in the Americas: From Peru to the Northwest Coast, edited by Jessica Joyce Christie and Patricia Joan Sarro.
Twelve essays that detail the archaeological, historical, and cultural relevance of various palaces found throughout the ancient Americas.

Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico, by John L. Kessell.
This is a comprehensive narrative history of the Spanish Colonial period in the American Southwest during the 17th century and the tumultuous interactions that ensued between the native Pueblo Indians and the Spanish colonist.

Romancing the Maya, by R. Tripp Evans.
Mexican Antiquity in the American Imagination 1820-1915.

Sex Work and the City: The Social Geography of Health and Safety in Tijuana, Mexico, by Yasmina Katsulis.
A detailed, anthropological study of the commercialized sex industry in Tijuana, and the health and safety risks faced by both legal and illegal sex workers in the city.

Writing Mexican History, by Eric Van Young.
A series of essays that cover the breadth of historiographic methodologies used to study Mexican history.

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