Guatemala Pacific Slope Birds
Perfect identifying the birds of Guatemala's Pacific Slope, this 12-panel guide easily slips into a pocket. Full-color illustrations. Folded size: 3.5 x 8.75 inches. Unfolded size: 24 x 8.75 inches.
A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico
This second edition of Fiona Reid's wonderfully detailed and comprehensive field guide to the mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico features 59 vivid full-color illustrations. Reid painted most of the creatures in the field, a formidable challenge and -- given the quality of the results -- well worth her while. With parks, and protected areas, habitats, range maps, tracks and natural history.
A detailed, double-sided travel map of Guatemala at the very good scale of 1:470,000.
Guatemala Adventure Map
National Geographic Maps
Water- and -tear proof with parks, preserves, underwater features and topography.
Rough Guide Guatemala
This comprehensive guide features good cultural information and the best overview of where to go and what to do throughout the country. It’s got consistently more — and more accurate — information on markets, towns and excursions than the competition. With chapters on Copan and the Honduran Bay Islands.
Lonely Planet Guatemala
A comprehensive, practical guide to Guatemala with 35 local and city maps, color photographs and extensive information on where to go and what to do.
Culture Smart! Guatemala
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
Adrian Forsyth & Ken Miyata
A lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. Its 17 marvelous essays introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforest.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Maya Art and Architecture
Mary Ellen Miller
An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Maya artistic influence. With 200 illustrations, 50 in color, including site plans, maps, strikingly rendered reconstructions and color photographs of key temples and buildings.
Guatemala in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture
This slim guide focuses on the history of Guatemala, its cultural heritage and current political, environmental and economic challenges. An excellent synopsis from an unabashedly left-leaning perspective.
A Brief History of Central America
A good overview of the region's economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.
Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Central America.
Bitter Fruit, The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala
Stephen Schlesinger & Stephen Kinzer
A foreign policy classic first published in 1982, brilliantly written and devastating in its implications. Schlesinger and Kinzer provide a dramatic account of the CIA-backed overthrow of Guatemala's democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz in 1954.
Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans
Elizabeth Burgos & David Stoll
This book alleges that Rigoberta Menchu took liberties with events depicted in her landmark autobiography.
The Guatemala Reader
A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Guatemala, aimed at students, travelers and scholars.
The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy
David Stoll & Arias Arturo
This anthology examines the debate over the authenticity of "I, Rigoberta Menchu." (GML10, $23.50)
Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan: Volume One Incidents of Travel in Central
America, Chiapas and Yucatan
John Lloyd Stephens
The first volume of Stephens' 1841 account, an instant bestseller and still an excellent introduction to the people, culture and archaeology of Central America. It follows Stephens through Belize and Guatemala, with several chapters on Copan.
The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs
Linda Schele & Peter Mathews
A vivid guided tour of seven Maya sites, including Palenque, Tikal and Chichen Itza. This outstanding book features photos and line drawings throughout, and introductory chapters with a succinct introduction to Maya history and culture.
Coe's clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights the chronology, accomplishments and legacy of the Maya.
Guatemala: Never Again!
Eyewitness testimony of the war conducted by the military against Guatemala's indigenous population during the 36-year civil war.
I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Rigoberta Menchu & Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, Menchu speaks eloquently of her struggles against the military for a decent way of life. Although some of the book's events have been called into question, it is a compelling testimony to the power of a strong-minded, ordinary person and her love for her land.
Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya.