Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left After the Cold War

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Castro's Cuba is isolated; the guerrillas who once spread havoc through Uruguay and Argentina are dead, dispersed, or running for office as moderates. And in 1990, Nicaragua's Sandinistas were rejected at the polls by their own constituents. Are these symptoms of the fall of the Latin American left? Or are they merely temporary lulls in an ongoing revolution that may yet transform our hemisphere?

This perceptive and richly eventful study by one of Mexico's most distinguished ...

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Castro's Cuba is isolated; the guerrillas who once spread havoc through Uruguay and Argentina are dead, dispersed, or running for office as moderates. And in 1990, Nicaragua's Sandinistas were rejected at the polls by their own constituents. Are these symptoms of the fall of the Latin American left? Or are they merely temporary lulls in an ongoing revolution that may yet transform our hemisphere?

This perceptive and richly eventful study by one of Mexico's most distinguished political scientists tells the story behind the failed movements of the past thirty years while suggesting that the left has a continuing relevance in a continent that suffers from destitution and social inequality. Combining insider's accounts of intrigue and armed struggle with a clear-sighted analysis of the mechanisms of day-to-day power, Utopia Unarmed is an indispensable work of scholarship, reportage, and political prognosis.

An eloquent Latin American political scientist offers an incisive, brilliantly informed look at the legacies of Castro, Allende, the Sandinistas, and others--and explainsraordinary. . . . Attempts to do nothing less than restore direction to the Latin American left."--Los Angeles Times Book Review.

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"Seldom does a new book as noteworthy cross my desk .... [This is] an excellent history... a complex prescription for how the left might yet play an essential role in post-cold-war Latin America... a book that overturns stereotypes and challenges easy wisdom."

-- Nicolas Shumway, The New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinary.... [This book] attempts to do nothing less than restore direction to the Latin American left.... Surprising and refreshing." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An examination of the Latin American left's ideals of a socialist utopia in light of Western capitalism. Aug.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679751410
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2000

    Extraordinary piece of political pragmatism for radical idealists!

    Castaneda includes a brief but well written history of the left in question, and provides a series of mutually reinforcing and politically practical methods for a sound leftist program being followed by parties such as the PRD and current Chilean President Ricardo Lagos. This book is stimulating to all those questioning the left after the fall of the Soviet Union. A must read for all Latin Americanists. For opposing leftist view points see James Petras's The Left Strikes Back, McCaughan's Reinventing Revolution, LAP book series The Latin American Left: From the Fall of Allende to Perestroika, and Latin America Faces the Twenty-First Century: Constructing a Social Justice Agenda

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