Latin America consists of nations south of the Rio Grande River whose people speak primarily Spanish or Portuguese. This huge swathe of land encompasses millions of human lives, an area of vast natural resources, and varying cultures. In Latin America, readers encounter these people, places, and things in a way that allows them to develop a deeper understanding of this vital part of the world's family of nations. The Latin American human landscape encompasses great variance in terms of poverty, opportunities, and access to resources. The nations of Latin America include some of the poorest people on the face of the Earth. The plight of these poor souls stands in sharp contrast to the generally prosperous ruling class that tends to dominate the decision-making apparatuses of these nations. Moreover, as the author of this fact-filled illustrated volume in the broader "Modern World Cultures" series notes, this is a world where future opportunities will need to exist for the masses or problems will arise. Latin America is a capably written look at the cultural geography and lifestyles of the people who reside in this neighboring world and, as such, is a book that will be of value to its readers.