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Posted April 29, 2008
As a student I was horribly disappointed with the textbook. Often, where tables could be used to list important individuals and their accomplishments, the author simply listed them in a fairly unorganized manner. The difficulty I had in reading the book did not come from a lack of understanding the Spanish language. It came from poor organization and no apparent regard for communicating those ideas that are most important. The book also included a few factual errors. Several of them related to the treatment of Catholicism. The author cites 1976 for the expulsion of Archbishop Lefebvre from the Church when it was really in the late '80's. The 1976 penalty was a suspension of his faculties (which is different). The book also radically oversimplified what happened at the Second Vatican Council.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2007
Hoja de ruta is a textbook for the courses on Culture and Civilization of Latin America. This third edition of 452 pp, updated as of February 2007 and enhanced with pictures, maps and graphics features, among other topics, a complete geopolitical analysis of the nueva izquierda and centro derecha governments in the chapter El nuevo mapa político de Latinoamérica and its repercussion in those countries¿ economies in El nuevo mapa económico de Latinoamérica. For the broadness of the topics discussed in the book that go from politics to how to prepare delicious ethnic plates, from history to the role of women in the shaping of Latin American societies, from literature to reguetón, from art or religion to the use of flirtatious remarks the book gives the Instructor all the elements to transform the classroom in a lively forum that will prepare the students with a deep understanding of current societies in this always changing continent which is Latin America.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2006
Hoja de ruta, Cultura y Civilización de Latinoamérica, is a textbook specially designed for college courses on culture and civilization of Latin America in the Spanish programs. It is a textbook updated to the latest significant events in Latin America in the last few years (or months): the arrival to power of a ¿new left¿ with the election of Hugo Chávez, Tabaré Vázquez, Ernesto Kirchner, Evo Morales, Michelle Bachelet, Lula, and the emergence of Ollanta Humala in Peru¿s political scene in 2006 (April 2006) the road map of gas in Latin America: Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru interoceanic ways, roads for integration. It is a textbook that goes beyond facts, dates and numbers. It teaches the history of Latin American through its impact in the cultural, social and political lives of its peoples. It is a student friendly textbook which will teach students the past as a way of understanding the present it talks about the Conquest, but also about the Reggaeton it talks about Macondo but also about McOndo it talks about the founder fathers, but includes a whole chapter on the important role of women in the construction of Latin American societies. It even offers students the possibility of preparing a delicious ethnic plate, or of learning some flirtatious remarks that will make more enjoyable his planned trip to a Latin American country. Hoja de ruta gives the students of Spanish for Business the cultural, political and economical background they need in order to understand the way to do business in Latin America. Hoja de ruta will always be ahead other textbooks since it will constantly be updated with the latest events, annually if necessary.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.