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Faces of Latin America: Fourth Edition (Revised) [Kindle Edition]

Duncan Green , Sue Branford

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Faces of Latin America has sold more than 50,000 copies since it first appeared in 1991, and is widely considered to be the best available introduction in English to the economies, politics, demography, social structures, environment and cultures of Latin America. Duncan Green and Sue Branford take the reader beyond the conventional media’s fixation on the drug trade, corrupt politicians and military leaders, death squads, and guerrilla movements to celebrate the vibrant history and culture of Latin America’s people. Faces of Latin America examines some of the key forces—from conquest and the growth of the commodity trade, military rule, land distribution, industrialization, and migration to civil wars and revolutions, the debt crisis, neoliberalism, and NAFTA—shaping the region’s political and social history.
 
Green also analyzes the response to these transformations—the rise of freedom fighters and populists, guerrilla wars and grassroots social movements, union organizing and trade movements, liberation theology, and the women’s movement, sustainable development and the fight for the rainforest, popular culture and the mass media—providing a fascinating and unparalleled portrait of the continent.
 
This new edition is thoroughly updated and covers recent developments in Latin America such as the growing costs of export agriculture, the rise of Brazilian manufacturing, connections between the war on drugs and the war on terror, the social costs of neoliberalism, the Argentinian default, the search for new economic models in Venezuela and elsewhere, the decline in direct U.S. military intervention in the region, growing urbanization, urban poverty and casual employment, outmigration and the importance of family remittances from abroad, rampant environmental destruction, the struggles of indigenous movements, and more.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1497 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFJHXKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #396,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Oct. 2014
By Richard P. Huston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the best concise introductions to contemporary Latin America available.
4.0 out of 5 stars This book gave me a great historical analysis of Lain America for which I was ... 5 Jan. 2015
By George B - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gave me a great historical analysis of Lain America for which I was looking.. The analysis was along several tracts such as economic development, conflicts between the indigenous people and the wealthy and religion. This is a very useful book for understanding the very rich and diverse. It does not flow like a well written novel but is packed with enlightening facts. I definitely recommend if you are visiting any of Latin America.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks 6 Feb. 2015
By Brenna R. Connelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent Condition!! Arrived as NEW.. great price, thanks!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Get Ready 9 Jan. 2014
By Lemony Snicket - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to buy this book for a Spanish class of mine. Let me start off with the fact that I am in no way a history buff. This book is purely historical and cultural information. It is very dense, similar to that of reading a history textbook (which, let's face it, takes ages to read because of the dullness). If you are into culture, you might find this appealing. For me, it was far too much to remember with dates, groups of people, countries, etc. The single most interesting topic I read in the book was about the war on drugs, since it is somewhat recent and piques my interest.
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