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Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul


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Latin America has often been condemned to failure. Neither poor enough to evoke Africa's moral crusade, nor as explosively booming as India and China, it has largely been overlooked by the West. Yet this vast continent, home to half a billion people, the world's largest reserves of arable land, and 8.5 percent of global oil, is busily transforming its political and economic landscape.

This book argues that rather than failing the test, Latin America's efforts to build fairer and more prosperous societies make it one of the world's most vigorous laboratories for capitalist democracy. In many countries — including Brazil, Chile and Mexico-democratic leaders are laying the foundations for faster economic growth and more inclusive politics, as well as tackling deep-rooted problems of poverty, inequality, and social injustice. They face a new challenge from Hugo Chavez's oil-fuelled populism, and much is at stake. Failure will increase the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants to the United States and Europe, jeopardize stability in a region rich in oil and other strategic commodities, and threaten some of the world's most majestic natural environments.

Drawing on Michael Reid's many years of reporting from inside Latin America's cities, presidential palaces, and shantytowns, the book provides a vivid, immediate, and informed account of a dynamic continent and its struggle to compete in a globalized world.


"Betty Suarez's dream is to make it in the publishing world. But even though she is 'smart, hard working, and productive,' she has 'always been shadowed by the fact that she isn't the best looking young woman.' This is how describes the story of 'Ugly Betty,' an ABC sitcom adapted from a Colombian telenovela that has been a smashing worldwide success. In the original version, the long-suffering... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)


"[A] brilliantly researched and annotated work of scholarship....Reid has no ideological ax to grind, chiding both the left and the right for treating the region with 'the utmost condescension.'" New York Times

About the Author

Michael Reid is editor of the "Americas" section of the Economist. Previously based in Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, he has traveled throughout Latin America and reported for the BBC, the Guardian, and the Economist since 1982.

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The Battle for Latin America's Soul
Reid, Michael
Yale University Press
Latin America - South America
Economic Conditions
Government - International
Political Ideologies - Democracy
International Relations
Latin America Politics and government.
Latin America Economic conditions 1982-
Latin america
South America
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16 b/w illus.
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.2 lb

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