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.