"A compelling read and a significant scholarly contribution to our understanding of indigenous communities dealing with the destructive but also seductive penetration of global corporate interests."
-Eugene Hunn, author of A Zapotec Natural History: Trees, Herbs, and Flowers, Birds, Beasts, and Bugs in the Life of San Juan Gbee
"Insightful, comprehensive, and authoritative . . . Grandia has made a significant contribution to environmental anthropology and to our understanding of neoliberalism and contemporary land and labor issues in Latin America."
"The book is well crafted and clearly written . . . a significant contribution to environmental anthropology and as an important ethnography about the Q'eqchi'."
-Sean S. Downey, Current Anthropology, June 2013
"Grandia revela cómo la historia de las luchas de los q'eqchi's contra el cercamiento de sus tierras puede contribuir a una mayor comprensión de los cercamientos de las tierras comunales a favor de las empresas en todo el mundo."
-Kurt Holder, Mesoamerica, Winter 2013
"[Grandia] insists, 'erosion of the commons is never inevitable'; it can always be defended and it can be rebuilt. This book and its Spanish version are powerful means to those ends."
-Bonnie McCay, Polar Book reviews, February 2013
"This is a passionately written and often angry book, and the conclusion reaches a crescendo of critical outrage. Grandia is personally engaged in working with Q'eqchi' groups seeking to resist the policies and processes that alienate people from the land and the independent livelihoods of small-farming or peasantry. [This book is a] powerful means to those ends."
-Bonnie J. McCay, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review
"A rich anthropological account of continuity, change, and contestation over vital material and social resources...[with] thought-provoking contributions to debates over the roles and applications of anthropology and anthropologists in the processes they study."
-Sophie Haines, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute