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"Masterson (Japanese in Latin America) opens this comprehensive reference with a three-page, at-a-glance summary of Peru, including climate description, natural resource list, and economic statistics as of July 2008. Following a time line of noteworthy events that commences with 3200 B.C.E., the expansive subject is subsequently divided into one broad introductory chapter and seven chronologically organized chapters, from its legendary Andean empires to its 2006 democratic transition. The book closes with a longer reference list and a helpful glossary of significant Peruvian figures, including politicians, singers, and writers.'
"Masterson (history, US Naval Academy) begins by describing the three environmental zones of the South American country—the Pacific coast, the Andes Mountains, and the rain forests of the eastern slopes—and how they have influenced life there from prehistoric times to the present. Then he begins a historical narrative from the precolumbian empires through the Spanish colony, independence, and the various factions and leaders from the late 19th century to the early 21st. A chronology and biographical sketches are provided."
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