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Peru under Garcia: An Opportunity Lost

Peru under Garcia: An Opportunity Lost

by John Crabtree

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The Garcia presidency of Peru, 1985-90, may prove to be the defining moment in that economically, politically, and racially divided country. The American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA), first elected to the presidency in the early 1930s and then prevented from taking power, finally had its chance to rule--and failed. With it failed Peru's first and only genuine political party, opening the door to the Perot-like Fujimori, now a caudillo ruling without a Congress, and, perhaps, ultimately to the Shining Path. Crabtree's book, the first in English on the debacle, which builds on the excellent work of Rosemary Thorp and Geoffrey Beltram's Peru, 1890-1977 ( LJ 3/1/79), presents a balanced approach to a regime about which few Peruvians hold balanced views. At the same time, by incorporating the research and thoughts of 17 Peruvian, British, and North American experts into his own analysis, Crabtree manages to write a true insider study without a discernible bias--a tour de force in Latin American scholarship. Recommended for both academic and large public libraries.-- Nancy Padgett Lazar, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
An assessment of the failures and successes of the revolutionary party's (APRA) first president of Peru, Alan Garcia, 1985-90. Stresses the political and economic constraints as the right attacked his direction of reform and the left attacked his pace. Crabtree is Latin American editor for Oxford Analytica, and has also been a correspondent for the Guardian and the Economist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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Latin American Ser.

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