"Everything you wanted to know about Latin America... Matthew Brown has managed to compact 200 years of history of a vast and diverse region into just over 200 pages. He has condensed recent academic scholarship on history and politics and combined it with what you really want to know about culture, society, and sport, particularly how and why football became so influential. This is a very readable and knowledgeable introduction that will help all readers join the dots and gain a deep understanding of how Latin America came to be how it is and what makes it tick today. A must-read for anyone interested in the region." --Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, University of Kent
About the Author
Matthew Brown is Reader in Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol. He is the author of The Struggle for Power in Post-Independence Colombia and Venezuela (2012).