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Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation

9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622312542. $34.95; 1 MP3-CD/9 CDs. library ed.; digital download. HIST
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PBS Newshour senior correspondent Suarez wrote and performed this ambitious audio companion to the eponymous documentary series. The encyclopedic narrative covers 500 years of Latino American historical figures, from early explorers to modern-day personages. Suarez weaves the story of the Latino community's rise and struggle into the larger American narrative through broad trend descriptions as well as intimate portraits of individuals. His chronological approach is comprehensive but can make the narrative sound like a textbook. Suarez is a competent narrator and reads with passion about his subject.
VERDICT Recommended to fans of the documentary series or those looking for a powerful overview of Latino Americans' substantial contribution to American history.

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