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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Scholarly Resources Inc.,U.S. (1 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842051082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842051088
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,722,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Allen Gerlach has written primarily on Latin America for newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. He is currently an attorney.

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Most books on Ecuador deal with tourism or the Amazon. This book is excellent in that it gives a brief overview in the history of Ecuador followed by an in depth look into the history, especially the political side since the 60's. It also gives us a blow by blow account of the turbulence in the country from 95 up to just after 2000. Some parts of the book are written better than others but it is still a great book for anyone interested in Ecuador. Hopefully there will be more books written about Ecuador in the future which are less focused on tourism and the Amazon (which are important issues)and more focused on many other issues which have largely been ignored such as history, politics, religion and even football.
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By busymum on 27 Feb. 2014
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Gives great insight.
Ecuador is not written about that much: this is an in-depth analysis giving good objective understanding of the effects of development.
But easy to read too!
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By H Page on 20 Jan. 2012
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Bought as a present for someone about to go off to Ecuador for 7 months - he was delighted to have some "light reading" (!) for the journey!!
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Where was the editor? 14 Nov. 2006
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I have recently moved to Ecuador and thought this book might give me a better understanding of what is going on here. There is plenty of information in this book--but it is completely garbled! I have read many political science books, and this is the most disorganized, badly written, unedited one I have ever tried to get through. There are outright misktakes, frequent repetitions, poor translations, and no clear storyline, chronological or otherwise. Could someone please write a better book about Ecuadorean politics? It should be a fascinating subject.
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useful but rambly 22 May 2007
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This book has lots of information and a lack of jargon but I do agree that an editor could have helped make the text flow better. Once the author starts talking about indigenous movements he tends to move around in time and repeat points in ways which make it hard to keep a clear thread. The chapters on recent presidencies also could use more structure. Still, worth reading if you want to get a quick picture of Ecuaforan politics till about 2001.
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Superb, but dense 11 Nov. 2006
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Gerlach's discussion of the Indian uprising of 2000 is excellent, although at times his book suffers from too much detail and too little abstraction. If you are in search of a history of Ecuador, specifically the rise of the indigenous movement, then this is your book.
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A definate read for anyone going to Ecuador 8 Jun. 2004
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I'm going to Ecuador soon and I feel like this book has given me a great introduction to social issues and politics in the country. With the information I have gained I have been able to follow the most recent developments in the current Gutierrez administration, and I can put these events in a historical perspective. Gerlach, for me, has made sense of the senseless. The book has also helped me to form a lot of questions for which I hope to get answers on my upcoming trip.
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A Thorough Analysis 3 Jan. 2008
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If you want to understand the current economic climate in Ecuador, this book will lend you a helping hand as to the pre-cursor that has led to Correa's regime.
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