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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 June 2012
This a fairly interesting book covering the development of the Americas, and addressing the reasons why North America, and Latin America, have come to be seen so differently, despite being essentially a single land mass. The author touches very briefly on key events. For example the colonisation of of Latin America by Spain and Portugal receives very little attention and the American Civil War is mentioned only in passing. There is almost nothing about Bolivar's liberations and independence wars. There is a clear assumption that readers will already know all this (and much more), so this is not really a book to read if you want to learn about these events.

Instead this is more like an extended essay, comparing and contrasting the conditions in a range of countries. Almost inevitably the United States get the most attention here, but there is quite a bit too, about Brazil, Mexico, and Canada. However there is very little about most of the Latin American countries like Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile or Uraguay.

Fairly enjoyable reading but as the entire history of the Americas is covered here in just 170 pages, inevitably light on detail.
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