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Peter Canby

Peter Canby is a senior editor at The New Yorker and the author of The Heart of the Sky: Travels Among the Maya (HarperCollins).


  • Language Arts February 25, 2015

    A Volcano of Documents

    How the discovery of police archives has altered the memory of political atrocities in Guatemala.

    Peter Canby

  • Environmental Issues June 16, 2010

    Retreat to Subsistence

    Could the introduction of genetically modified genes into Mexico's landrace corns lead to their extinction?

    Peter Canby

  • Non-fiction September 13, 2007

    Getting Away With Murder

    The brutal murder of a bishop and its violent aftermath exemplify post-civil war Guatemala's descent into chaos

    Peter Canby

  • Climate Change June 13, 2006

    Heat Wave

    As the planet warms and global catastrophe beckons, what changes are we willing to make to adjust to a brave new world? Tim Flannery and Elizabeth Kolbert seek answers in two provocative new books.

    Peter Canby

  • Drug War and Drug Policy July 29, 2004

    Latin America’s Longest War

    In May, Jan Egeland, the United Nations Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs, called a news conference in New York to declare publicly what he had been warning people about for some time: that

    Peter Canby

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  • Non-fiction October 24, 2002

    More Bitter Fruit

    Six years ago, in 1996, the government of Guatemala and the guerrilla groups it had fought bitterly for thirty-six years signed an ambitious set of peace accords.

    Peter Canby