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Maya Atlas : The Struggle to Preserve Maya Land in Southern Belize
by Maya People of Southern Belize (Compiler), Toledo Maya Cultural Council (Compiler)

BelizeHank says:  An excellent resource for school teachers
Yucatan Before and After the Conquest
by Diego De, Bp., Landa, William Gates (Editor), Diego De Landa (Editor)

BelizeHank says: A very inexpensive and worthwhile book.   This book tells you how the Maya lived and were perceived by the Europeans who first saw them.  Bishop De Landa wrote this book in an attempt to justify his wholesale "destruction" of  Mayan history by burning their books and idols in
the infamous auto-de-fe of  July, 1562.  Ironically, his book provided the clues used by Yurii Knorosov that ultimately revealed the language of  Maya hieroglyphics.
Breaking the Maya Code
Michael D. Coe


BelizeHank says:   Very fascinating!  If you are an amateur Mayanist, you must read this book.   If you are a pro, no doubt, you already have.
Popol Vuh : The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
by Dennis Tedlock (Translator)

BelizeHank says:   If you are into poetry, or Latin-American writing, or if you simply must have an understanding of Mayan perspectives, this might be a great book.  I found it to be a chore, despite my love for the Maya.
Savages and Civilization : Who Will Survive?
by J. McIver Weatherford

BelizeHank says:  Many reviews were mixed, but I feel this book does have relevance, very intriguingly presented.  

Time Among the Maya : Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico
by Ronald Wright

BelizeHank says:
  I don't have this book with me now, but if it is the one...it includes a dramatic retelling of the (oft heard of but little known) Caste Wars, wherein the Maya, after centuries of subjugation and abuse, finally revolted (with help from Belize (then British Honduras) and when on the verge of victory in the 1850's, put down their weapons and returned to their homes - it was time to plant corn!!
The Code of Kings : The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs  Linda Schele, et al
The Blood of Kings : Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
Linda Schele, et al
The Code of Kings : The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs
Linda Schele, et al
A  Forest of Kings : The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya
Linda Schele, David Freidel (Contributor)
Maya Cosmos : Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path
by David Freidel
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Sunbeams : A Book of Quotations
by Sy Safransky (Editor)

BelizeHank says:  see "My Thoughts" in the Table of Contents, most of the quotations are from this wonderful compilation.
Explorers of the Amazon
Anthony Smith


BelizeHank says: Highly readable, fascinating adventures
Personal Narrative of the Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America During the Years 1799-1804 
Alexander Von Humboldt

BelizeHank says:   I read this book many years ago (library book),  I honestly don't recall details,  but would love to read it again!
Incidents of Travel in Yucatan 
John Lloyd Stephens, et al
Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan
John Lloyd Stephens

BelizeHank says:  Catherwood's drawings are stupendous, unequaled before or since - get this book if you can, read how Stephens bought Copan for a pittance - a must-have classic.
The True History of Chocolate
Sophie D. Coe, Michael D. Coe (Contributor)

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