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Silver, Sword, and Stone

Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story

by Marie Arana

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Silver, Sword, and Stone by Marie Arana
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    Aug 2019, 496 pages

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An achingly beautiful recounting of the painful legacies that define Latin America, told through past history and its reflection in modern-day people.

With debates over immigration from Latin America raging in the United States, now is the ideal time for a book that can deepen our understanding of why the region is in the midst of continuous upheaval, and why so many of its residents risk everything to come north. Marie Arana's book, Silver, Sword & Stone, is therefore a timely response to uninformed fears and partisan rhetoric about Latin American peoples, even though she makes no policy recommendations nor does she address the current immigration situation. Rather, this book explores the indelible marks left on this region by its history.

This story is told through three themes, all of which pre-date European conquest but were amplified and modified by it: the region's precious metals, pervasive violence and organized religion. While these may seem reductive—boiling down a complex array of cultures to three strands of ...

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