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This trio’s oft-reprinted 1996 collaboration, Manual del perfecto idiota latinoamericano (“Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot”), offers a satiric take on the failures of leftists while serving up a hopeful prescription for prosperity based on a neoliberal program of laissez-faire economics. But in the decade since its appearance, the authors—Colombian Apuleyo, Cuban Carlos Alberto Montaner, and Peruvian Álvaro Vargas Llosa, son of novelist Mario, who again contributes a foreword—have seen the rise of several leaders who personify their archetypal idiot. To stem this tide of populism, they’ve written a sequel explaining what’s wrong with presidents like Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Evo Morales of Bolivia while warming readers about “idiots without borders,” such as Noam Chomsky and Harold Pinter, winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature. This work won’t see such honors; though the authors generally pick targets deserving of criticism and examples of misdirected policies that have failed, their dogmatic principles have themselves proved notoriously counterproductive in practice. Ironically, the authors insist that their own beliefs are, unlike those they criticize, untainted by ideology—and that those who doubt this are idiots as well. The style of adversarial debate exemplified by El regreso del idiota has become familiar enough to U.S. readers. Like others of its ilk, this polarizing book will offend some readers and delight others. Given the legs of its predecessor and the apt timing of its release, the title is sure to attract interest. Recommended for larger libraries and bookstores.