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Textbook for my Latin American History class. I learned quite a bit from reading this book, it makes me wish I had bought it instead of renting it. If you are interested in a great overview of the various Latin American countries and their history I highly suggest this book.
I figured it was in my best interest to get a good comprehensive birds-eye view of this part of the world. This was a great book and thoroughly covered the economic, political, and social histories of latin american countries. Through no fault of the writers, at time I felt like I was reading the same old story over and over again since so many latin american countries have shared 1) single export economies 2) struggles for power and land between rich landowners and landless peasants 3) fluctuat...
This book is clearly written and provides a decent introduction to South and Central America, and the Caribbean islands. However, it quickly becomes repetitive because each chapter is constructed almost identically, so that it is almost as if all of the chapters after Chapter 2 are simply fill-in-the-blank repeats of the earlier ones. For an introduction, I also think the authors worry about details (going through every leader and election, for instance), when they should be pointing out trends
Pretty general but informative and well done. The best general introductory text on LatAm you will find. There's breakdowns by country as well as regional themes.History is hard to write well and this book was not boring. Thomas Skidmore is the foremost historian of Brazil writing in english and this book doesn't disappoint. I love you Thomas.
Great overview of Latin American history. Pretty easy to read and a great starting point for anyone interested in Latin America.
Really good, provides overview then goes state by state, and then a generalized outtro. Really love the breadth and depth of this book. Though you may need to wikipedia some of the political stuff!
As a person who has lived briefly in South America, I am always fascinated in learning about both the present day current events there and past history. I found this book to be a very informative overview of each Latin American country, but also found it to be a bit repetitive in its layout. Overall, I feel I learned a lot by reading this book, but I also felt compelled to read more into many of the things that were briefly mentioned but sort of skimmed over. Initially I thought the book would b...
This is written like a textbook that would be used in a college class. It was very interesting to me given my experience of having gone to Mexico and Brazil and having lived in Brazil. After the first few chapters that talk about Latin America as a whole, there are specific chapters that detail the history of the major countries in the area, which I found the most interesting. It is more of a economic and political history and while there were a few snippets about the culture and lifestyle, it w...
For any novice headed to or just interested in Latin America, this is the perfect prelude to understanding the region. Given the complexities of the various countries that make up Latin America - its history, economics, politics, culture - it's impossible to write about everything in one book, but the authors do an excellent job highlighting key points and messages, and do not always take a pro-U.S. view. The information is easily digestable and not just a listing of facts and figures; it provid...
I highly recommend this book. It may be a textbook but it is written in a very accessible and concise style that makes it a very easy read. It flows well and stays interesting, with every section being relevant and compelling. Thankfully this book is free of the long and dull writing that some textbooks can be notoriously known for. If you want a quick and concise survey of the different Latin American countries and how they relate to each other as well as the world as a whole, then this book wi...
I have the 5th edition paperback. This is the best book on Latin America that I've ever read. The text is clear and repetative in such a way that it is easy to cross-reference. Most of the chapters are about specific countries, which are then divided and organized into topics (i.e. economy, political history, etc).
This is a good textbook for Latin American studies. It provides a broad overview of Latin American history and society, albeit in an unorthodox fashion. Rather than dividing each nation by chronological order, it uses several nations and their history as models for the region.
Skidmore is a great story teller and historian and clearly knows his subject. Well presented, engaging and well written. A great read for anyone trying to unwind the current political complexities in Latin America. I'd love an update to bring it fully up to current events!
if you want to Latin America You have to read this book
Great survey of Latin America history. Really enjoyed learning more about the United States' interaction with the Latin American world. Fascinating and frightening implications and results.
This is a great, simple view of Latin American history, how Latin America got to where it is today.
this is a great book and i recommend it to everyone
Heavy, although it seems some more unpleasant things were glossed over. Bah.
I'm reading the 1992 3rd edition. This is a good basic review of Latin America after independence to 1990.