That the author of this survey is a specialist in economics--specifically, he is the senior lecturer in Latin American economic history at the London School of Economics--definitely influences his academically rigorous but certainly approachable introduction to Argentina's history. Lewis' emphasis, then, is on economics, which is perfectly suitable for an examination of this South American nation because financial and commercial institutions and policies underlay the development--or, more importantly, the lack thereof--of Argentina as a productive society, perhaps more so than for any other country. The big question for anyone tackling the story of Argentina is, Why has the country experienced a prolonged "failure to sustain growth" despite all its material gifts? In Lewis' analysis, we see that Argentina, despite past mistakes in organizing and sustaining a workable economy, still enjoys the potential of effecting the "bright future" that Argentines, at several points in their national history, have observed far off on the horizon. Brad HooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Colin M. Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is an expert on social conditions and policy and policy in Argentina and Latin America, and has published widely in these areas.