Latin America (longer list)

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Author Title (and short note)
Adams, Jerome R. Latin American Heroes: Liberators and Patriots (short biographies)
Agassiz, Louis A Journey in Brazil (scholarly, Amazon exploration by a 19th century scientist)
Amado, Jorge. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnemen (fiction, a novel of Northeast (Bahia) Brazil)
Amado, Jorge. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (fiction, a novel with folksy spice & flavor)
Apestegui, Cruiz Pirates of the Caribbean (buccaneers, privateers, 1493-1720, illustrated)
Barnes, John. Evita: First Lady (a biography profusely illustrated)
Bates, Henry Walter Naturalist on the River Amazons (1850s classic Victorian Era exploration)
Beddall, Barbara Wallace and Bates in the Tropics (1850s Victorian Era Amazon explorers)
Bernand, Carmen The Incas: Empire of Blood and Gold (anthropology)
Bingham III, Hiram Machu Picchu: Lost City of the Incas (exploration, history)
Bourne, Richard Political Leaders of Latin America (history, biographies)
Boxer, C. R. The Golden Age of Brazil 1695-1750 (scholarly; a favorite)
Boxer, C. R. The Dutch in Brazil: 1624-1654 (scholarly)
Branston, Brian The Last Great Journey on Earth (hovercraft explores Orinoco & Amazon Basins)
Braun, Barbara (ed.) Arts of the Amazon (Indian folk crafts at their best, beautifully illustrated)
Briggs, Peter Rivers in the Sea (winds, currents, seamanship, explorers in their element)
Bridges, Lucas Uttermost Part of the Earth (Tierra del Fuego Indians, an exceptional story)
Burkholder & Johnson Colonial Latin America (history)
Burnett, D. Graham Masters of All They Surveyed (British explore So. America in the 1850s)
Burns, Bradford Latin America: A Concise Interpretive History (scholarly)
Cespedes, Guillermo Latin America: The Early Years (early-modern history, scholarly)
Chapman, Walker The Search for El Dorado (explorers and conquistadors pillage and plunder)
Chidsey, Donald The Wars in Barbary: Arab Piracy (No. Africa; the US Marines in Tripoli)
Cipolla, Carlo Guns, Sails and Empires (technological innovations in era of European sailing)
Clarke, Thurston Equator: A Journey (equatorial visits around the world; much on Brazil)
Collier, Richard The River that God Forgot: The Amazon Rubber Boom (scholarly)
Cordingly, David Pirates: Terror on the High Seas (scholarly, illustrated)
Crone & Kendall The Voyages of Discovery (history and biography)
Crosby, Alfred Ecological Imperialism: Biological Expansion of Europe (scholarly)
Diamond, Jared Guns, Germs, and Steel (best-selling socio-anthropology)
Dunn, Richard Sugar and Slaves: Rise of the Planter Class in West Indies (scholarly; sociology)
Eakin, Marshall Brazil: The Once and Future Country (history)
Fagan, Brian Floods, Famines and Emperors (El Niño and its effect on our current civilization)
Fawcett, Col. Percival Lost Trails, Lost Cities (finding British explorer Fawcett; disappeared in Amazonia)
Forsyth, A.; K. Miyata Tropical Nature: Life & Death in the Rain Forest (natural history a favorite)
Fuentes, Carlos Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain in the New World (history, sociology)
García Márquez, G. One Hundred Years of Solitude (fiction, Nobel-prize for literature 1982)
García Márquez, G. Love in the Time of Cholera (fiction, the style of magical-realism)
Grafton, Anthony New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition (scholarly, exploration)
Hagen, Victor Wolf. South America Called Them: La Condamine, Humboldt, and etc. (biographical)
Hanbury-Tennison, R. Worlds Apart: An Explorer’s Life (narrative; deep in the Amazon; exploration)
Hanson, Earl Parker South from the Spanish Main (discoverers of South America, narratives)
Harter, E.C. Lost Colony of the Confederacy (post-Civil War U.S. southerners move to Brazil)
Hemming, John. Amazon Frontier: Defeat of the Brazilian Indians (history of Indian plight)
Jones, Steve Darwin’s Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated (A. R. Wallace co-discoverer)
Kandell, Jonathan Passage Through El Dorado: World’s Last Great Wilderness (exploration)
Kricher, John C. A Neotropical Companion: Animals, Plants, Eco-systems (nature; a favorite)
Lacey, Robert Sir Walter Ralegh (correct title spelling) (scholarly, biography of the famous Raleigh)
LaGrange, Francis Flag on Devil’s Island (convict forger tells all; illustrated)
Lane, Kris Blood and Silver: Piracy in the Caribbean (scholarly)
Lindsay, Philip The Great Buccaneer: Life and Death of Sir Henry Morgan (biography)
Lloyd, Christopher Lord Cochrane: Seaman, Radical, Liberator (“The Sea Wolf” in So. America)
Lucie-Smith, Edward Latin American Art of the 20th Century (survey of painting and sculpture)
Markham, Clements Expeditions into the Valley of the Amazons: 1539, 1540, 1639 (early account)
Mann, Charles 1491: New Revelations in the Americas Before Columbus (population demographics)
Matthiessen, Peter At Play in the Fields of the Lord (fiction, missionaries vs. Indians)
Matthiessen, Peter Cloud Forest (adventure / exploration in the high Andes forests/rivers)
Maybury-Lewis, David Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World (indigenous study)
Meggers, Betty J. Amazonia: Man and Culture in a Counterfeit Paradise (scholarly; botany)
Millard, Candice River of Doubt: Teddy Roosevelt in the Brazilian Jungle (biographical; a favorite)
Moran, Emilio Developing the Amazon (highways, settlements, resources)
Morison, Samuel Eliot The European Discovery of America: Southern Voyages (scholarly; a favorite)
Morison, Samuel Eliot The Great Explorers: European Discovery of America (scholarly; a favorite)
Noice, Harold H. Back of Beyond (adventures on the upper Rio Negro)
Nugent, Stephen Amazonian Caboclo Society (scholarly; daily lives of the river people)
O’Hanlon, Redmond In Trouble Again (Orinoco exploration; adventures with the Yanomami)
Onis, Juan de The Green Cathedral: Sustainable Development of Amazonia (ecology)
Page, Joe The Brazilians (excellent overall look at Brazil during the mid-1990s)
Parry, J. H. Establishment of the European Hegemony: 1415-1715 (scholarly)
Parry, J. H. The Age of Reconnaissance: Discovery, Exploration, Settlement (scholarly)
Parry, J. H.; Sherlock A Short History of the West Indies (scholarly)
Price, David Before the Bulldozer: Nambiquara Indians and the World Bank (ecology)
Rogozinski, Jan A Brief History of the Caribbean (economics, exploration, piracy)
Roosevelt, Anna Amazonian Indians: From Prehistory to the Present (scholarly, archaeology)
Roosevelt, Theodore Through the Brazilian Wilderness (autobiographical Amazon adventure)
Sale, Kirkpatrick The Conquest of Paradise: Columbus and the Colombian Legend (history)
Sauer, Carl Ortwin The Early Spanish Main (scholarly, history of Northern So. America)
Schulthess, Emil The Amazon (spectacular photographs, classic rain forest scenics)
Silverberg, Robert The Longest Voyage: Circumnavigators in the Age of Discovery (scholarly)
Schmink, Marianne Contested Frontiers in Amazonia (ranchers, loggers, Indians all clash)
Schoumatoff, Alex The Rivers Amazon (natural history and ecology)
Schoumatoff, Alex Capital of Hope (the building of the capital of Brazil: Brazilia)
Skidmore, Thomas Brazil: Five Centuries of Change (scholarly, general history)
Smith, Anthony Explorers of the Amazon (Cabral, Orellana, Aguirre, Condamine; exploration)
Smith, Anthony Mato Grosso: Last Virgin Land (scholarly text, superb photographs)
Smith, Nigel The Enchanted Amazon Rain Forest: Stories from a Vanishing World
Smith, T. Lynn Brazilian Society (scholarly, people, institutions, social structure)
Stone, Roger D. Dreams of Amazonia (ecological equilibrium, fragile rain forest, nature)
Swan, Michael The Marches of El Dorado: British Guiana, Brazil, Venezuela (exploration)
Thomsen, Moritz The Saddest Pleasure: A Memoir (superb ex-Peace Corp traveler in Ecuador & Brazil)
Thomson, George M. Sir Francis Drake (biography)
Thrower, Norm. (ed.) Sir Francis Drake (his circumnavigation by various contributors)
Ure, John Trespassers on the Amazon (accounts of first Europeans into the Amazon)
Vellinho, Moyses Brazil South: Its Conquest and Settlement (the southernmost states of Brazil)
Viola & Margolis Seeds of Change (socio-anthropology, horticulture, plant history)
Wagley, Charles An Introduction to Brazil (classic study; dated yet relevant)
Wagley, Charles (ed.) Man in the Amazon (scholarly essays on Amazon natural history)
Wagley, Charles Amazon Town: A Study of Man in the Tropics (life in an Amazon village)
Wallace, Alfred R. Travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro (Victorian Era exploration at its best)
Walton, Timothy Spanish Treasure Fleets (scholarly look at Spain’s bullion shipped to Spain)
Wesson, Robert The United States and Brazil: Limits of Influence (comparative study)
Weyer Jr, Edward Jungle Quest (search for the Villas Boas Brothers and Colonel Percy Fawcett)
Wilson, Derek The World Encompassed: Drake and his Great Voyage (history, biography)
Wood, Michael Conquistadors (scholarly work on early Amazon exploration)
Wolf, Howard Rubber: A Story of Glory and Greed (Amazon rubber boom and bust)
Wright, Louis B. Gold, Glory, and Gospel (conquistadores pillage and plunder South America)
Zalis, Paul Who is the River: Getting Lost and Found in the Amazon (travel narrative)
Zweig, Stefan Amerigo: A Comedy of Errors in History (the voyages of Vespucci analyzed)