This is the best book on Ecuador today. It provides necessary background information to comprehend the political, economic, and social situation in the country. The author correctly identifies the politics of oil and the growing indigenous movement as the most important factors in Ecuador's recent history. His detailed breakdown of recent events is exemplary and gives the facts required to understand one of the most important but least-studied countries in Latin America. This kind of book has long been needed; Gerlach's insights into the complex politics of Ecuador are extremely valuable for those interested in contemporary Ecuador and Latin America in general. -- Erick Langer, Georgetown University Indians, Oil, and Politics stands as the best overall analysis of recent Ecuadorian history in any language. Latin America's contemporary indigenous rights movement began in the jungles of Ecuador, not Chiapas, Mexico. Allen Gerlach has produced a truly masterful account of that movement, together with a brilliant case study of corporate greed and its devastating impact on indigenous peoples. -- Thomas M. Davies, Jr., San Diego State University This book provides a detailed discussion of Ecuadorian politics at the end of the twentieth century, focusing on a four-year period in which there were six national presidents. It will be useful for anyone trying to sort through the rapidly shifting political alliances and breaches during this complex period of economic and political crisis. -- Kim Clark, University of Western Ontario Provides a general overview of major themes in Ecuador's political history. Latin American Research Review Belongs in all college and university libraries with significant holdings in Latin American studies. Highy recommended. CHOICE
About the Author
Allen Gerlach has written primarily on Latin America for newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. He is currently an attorney.