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The popular primer to Latino life and culture—updated for 2008 Latinos represent the fastest-growing ethnic population in the United States. In an accessible and entertaining question-and-answer format, this completely revised 2008 edition provides the most current perspective on Latino history in the making, including: • New Mexico governor Bill Richardson’s announced candidacy for the 2008 presidential election • Ugly Betty—the hit ABC TV show based on the Latino telenovela phenomenon • The number of Latino players in Major League baseball surpassing the 25 percent mark • Immigration legislation and the battle over the Mexican border • The state of Castro’s health and what it means for Cuba More than ever, this concise yet comprehensive reference guide is the ideal introduction to the vast and varied history and culture of this multifaceted ethnic group.
HIMILCE NOVAS is the author of six books and has written for the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Connoisseur, and Cuisine. She hosts a popular Santa Barbara radio show and has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lectures widely on Latino history and culture.