The Ecuador Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Series: Latin American Readers)
By Carlos De La Torre and Steve Striffler
Genre: Anthology (primary sources, essays, interviews, poetry, fiction, recipes, etc.; illustrations)
Publisher: Duke University Press (2009; 1st printed 2008)
ISBN: 978-0-8223-4374-5 (Paper); 978-0-8223-4352-3 (Cloth)
Examining Ecuador’s history, culture, and politics from many different perspectives, this anthology addresses colonialism, independence, the nation's integration into the world economy, and its tumultuous twentieth century. The voices and creations of Ecuadorian politicians, writers, artists, crafts people, scholars, activists, and journalists fill the Reader. Complementing selections by Ecuadorians, many published here for the first time in English, are samples of some of the best writing on Ecuador by foreign authors, including an account of how an indigenous group with non-Inca origins came to see themselves as definitively Incan and an exploration of the timeless fascination exerted by the Andes.