Malinche, South American Liberators, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Malinche's Conquest, by Anna Lanyon, is a new favourite of mine. I'd never heard of Malinche until I clicked on Native American on a distributor's website and this was one of the books they had in stock.

Apparently, though, Anna Lanyon has, as she went looking for Malinche's story. Malinche was a Native American living in Mexico and South America when the Spanish invaded. She helped them conquer the local population and has been called a traitor by modern Latinos. Apparently, they even coined an insult from her name- Malinchista, which I think means traitor. Used, $2

Bolivar, by Marie Arana, is another favourite of mine. I discovered it a couple years ago, when we went to Wilmington, Delaware and I stopped in a bookstore there. Bolivar is the Hispanic version of George Washington: he liberated a bunch of Spanish colonies and helped them start countries. Used, $3.

Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, by David von Drehle, is one of my new favourite books. Von Drehle has a magnetic voice, and manages to enthrall me in the story. It chronicles the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, as well as the aftermath and the events leading up to it. The factory employed a lot of Jewish people who had immigrated to New York City to escape horrible conditions in Europe. Used, $2.

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