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The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers) Paperback – Illustrated, October 29, 2004

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Editorial Reviews


"[A] poignant resource for anyone with an eye on the country, whether traveler, grizzled Costa Rica oldtimer, flash-in-the-pan tourist, historian, or Costa Rican national."
--Robert Goodier, "Tico Times"

"[W]orthwhile. . . . complex and compelling."
--Heather Wisner, "Costa Rica Outdoors"

"Because Costa Rica is a small country, and because its history has been less horrific and dramatic than that of its Central American neighbors, it often receives short shrift in the classroom. This book makes an implicit and convincing argument that the details, the exceptions, and the complexities can be just as important as the generalizations and trends for understanding the whole, and that concerted attention to Costa Rica can deeply enrich our understanding of Latin America."
--Aviva Chomsky, "The Americas"

"Readers of "The Costa Rica Reader "can be assured they are getting a genuinely current 'flavor' of what the country and its people are like, as well as historically grounded materials that help explain the 'why' of this generation's flavor. The editors have deftly drawn together an extraordinarily wide-ranging set of materials, erring quite rightly on the side of brevity and variety. For the student, there are innumerable pathways opened; for the tourist, given the industry's avowed focus on repeat visitors, a single roundtrip flight may not suffice, but the reading will be cover to cover."
--Lowell Gudmundson, "Hispanic American Historical Review"

"The volume's intelligent organization economically encompasses both history and historiography, with special attention to social and cultural issues. . . . Highly recommended."
--J. Ewell," CHOICE"

"This is an essential introduction to a very special country admired by many for its peaceful pursuits. The authors reveal a country with a rich heritage and diverse population."
--Tim Boxer, "15 Minutes Magazine"

About the Author

Steven Palmer is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Windsor in Ontario. He is the author of From Popular Medicine to Medical Populism: Doctors, Healers, and Public Power in Costa Rica, 1800–1940 (published by Duke University Press).

Iván Molina is Professor of History at the University of Costa Rica in San José. He is a coauthor of Stuffing the Ballot Box: Fraud, Electoral Reform, and Democratization in Costa Rica.

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  • Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
  • Paperback : 383 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0822333724
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0822333722
  • Product Dimensions : 6.18 x 0.94 x 9.26 inches
  • Publisher : Duke University Press Books; Illustrated Edition (October 29, 2004)
  • Language: : English
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