Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul

Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul

by Michael Reid, M. Reid
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300151209

ISBN-13: 9780300151206

Pub. Date: 04/14/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

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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 Chávez’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.

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300151206
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
1,247,441
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 3.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

List of Charts and Tables ix

Maps of the Region x

Preface xii

Preface to paperback edition xvi

Chapter 1 The Forgotten Continent 1

Chapter 2 The Latin American Conundrum 30

Chapter 3 The Seed of Democracy in the Land of the Caudillo 52

Chapter 4 Cold War and Revolution: The United States and the Left Reject Democracy 81

Chapter 5 Failed Reformers, Debt-ridden Dictators: The Right Rejects Democracy 106

Chapter 6 The Rise and Fall of the Washington Consensus 124

Chapter 7 The Populist Challenge 159

Chapter 8 The Reformist Response 179

Chapter 9 Changing Societies 212

Chapter 10 Evolving States 233

Chapter 11 The Stubborn Resilience of Flawed Democracies 264

Chapter 12 The Loneliness of Latin America 293

Glossary 316

Notes 322

Bibliography 357

Index 366

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