Updates (2nd ed. was 1984) Wynia's (political science, Carleton College) introduction to Latin American politics. His paradigm of choice is game theory, and he applies it well, identifying the players (foreign and domestic) and the rules governing their interaction. His chapter on Chile is a winner. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
List of maps and tables; Preface to the third edition; Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; Part I. Understanding Latin American Politics: 1. The Latin American predicament; 2. The rules of the Latin American game; 3. Players - I; 4. Players - II; 5. The stakes in the game; Part II. The Political Games Played in Latin America: 6. Mexico: Whose game is it?; 7. Chile: democracy destroyed; 8. Venezuela: democracy preserved; 9. Brazil: populists, authoritarians, and democrats; 10. Argentina: populists, authoritarians, and democrats; 11. Cuba: a communist revolution; 12. Nicaragua: revolution the Sandinista way; Appendix; Index.