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1 CHESTERTON, BRIDGET MARIA. The Grandchildren Of Solano Lopez: Frontier And Nation In Paraguay, 1904-1936.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Paraguay's Chaco frontier, one of the least known areas in one of the least known countries in South America, became the unexpected scene of the bloodiest international war in the Americas, the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia (1932-35). A picture postcard from the Chaco War era shows a large heart, emblazoned with the word "Paraguayo," pumping its way through the flat dusty wilderness of the Chaco and leaving a zigzag trail of smashed Bolivian forts and soldiers along the way. This visual propaganda shows why the Paraguayans were sure they would win the war: they were brave, passionate soldiers. They considered themselves invincible descendants of the great hero of the War of the Triple Alliance (1864-70), Marshal Francisco Solano Lopez (El Mariscal). But Solano L—pez was not universally revered. A controversial figure, he was widely believed to have led Paraguay into economic, social, and cultural ruin. The debate over L—pez's actions shaped the country's culture and politics for over a century after the War of the Triple Alliance. Bridget Mar’a Chesterton's in-depth examination of Paraguay's unique nationalism and the role of the frontier in its formation places the debate over L—pez in the context of larger themes of Latin American history, including racial and ethnic identity, authoritarian regimes, and militarism. Bridget Mar’a Chesterton is assistant professor of history at SUNY-Buffalo State College. 
Price: 47.50 USD
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2 GIMLETTE, JOHN. At The Tomb Of The Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 2003. 1400041767 / 9781400041763 First American Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
A wildly humorous account of the author's travels across Paraguay - South America's darkly fabled, little-known "island surrounded by land." Rarely visited by tourists and barely touched by global village sprawl, Paraguay remains a mystery to outsiders. Think of this small nation and your mind is likely to jump to Nazis, dictators, and soccer. Now John Gimlette's eye-opening book - equal parts travelogue, history, and unorthodox travel guide - breaches the boundaries of this isolatedd land and illuminates a little understood place and its people. "Perceptive and entertaining." - Times Literary Supplement 
Price: 19.43 USD
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