A comprehensive, timely and entertaining account of the political, cultural and economic dynamics of more than 30 discrete countries of the Western Hemisphere, this book is updated each year, providing students with the most recent information possible. The information is presented in an objective, balanced, non-ideological context, allowing the readers to formulate their own opinions. In addition to examining individual countries, the book views Latin America as a mosaic region as a whole and emphasizes its growing influence on the world stage. Besides providing accurate and timely information on the historical and political forces that have shaped each nation, it also examines the leading cultural figures and forces, from 18th century writers to 20th century composers and singing stars to 21st century filmmakers and actors. Finally, it describes the social and economic challenges that continue to afflict this exciting and emerging region.
Robert T. Buckman is a communication professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who has extensive experience in Latin America, including a two-year civilian assignment with the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, Army Reserve assignments to Panama and Colombia and a Fulbright Fellowship to Chile. As a freelance journalist for different newspapers, he has covered elections in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile.
Latin America Today-1 The Early Americans-13 Conquest, Colonization and the Challenge of Independence-17 U.S.-Latin American Relations-23 Argentina-34 Belize-56 Bolivia-60 Brazil-73 Chile-96 Colombia-112 Costa Rica-129 Cuba-135 Dominican Republic-157 Ecuador-164 El Salvador-177 Guatemala-186 Guyana-203 Haiti-208 Honduras-220 Jamaica-228 Mexico-233 Nicaragua-279 Panama-293 Paraguay-306 Peru-319 Suriname-337 Trinidad and Tobago-343 Uruguay-348 Venezuela-355 Smaller Nations-379 Dependencies-385 Bibliography-395