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Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul Paperback – April 14, 2009
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''No one who seriously aspires to discuss Latin American politics, economics, and culture should go without reading Forgotten Continent.'' --National Interest
''Reid's account is essential reading for its clear portrayal of what can be called a post-'Washington consensus' view of Latin America.'' -- Journal of American History
''Reid's book offers something valuable to both specialists and the general reading public . . . He writes of Latin America with great empathy, intelligence, and insight.'' --Hispanic American Historical Review
''[An] intelligent and thoughtful overview . . . Reid offers a serious and well-written synthesis of Latin America's political economy that is meticulously supported by a wealth of data and the work of the best scholars studying the region.'' --Americas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michael Reid is editor of the Americas section of the Economist. Previously based in Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, he has traveled throughout Latin America and reported for the BBC, the Guardian, and the Economist since 1982.
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The thesis of the book is simple: Latin America is torn between reformers - democrats who support free markets and democracy, and populists - who support neither. Reid argues that although the populists have considerable appeal in the region, the tide has turned against them. Unlike previous eras, the current embrace of democracy and capitalism - augmented with a great deal of redistribution policies - is here to last.
Surprisingly for a journalist, Reid's history of Latin American, in three large chapters which take us from the 1820s to the 1990s, is cumbersome and hard to read. It is only when he gets to economic history that Reid, a correspondent for The Economist, hits his stride; A chapter on the development of the Washington Consensus is fascinating; I've read general economic accounts of 1997-1998 crisis (e.g. Paul Krugman's The Return of Depression Economics) and a specific study of Argentina's woes (Paul Bluestein's ...Read more ›
While the text is at times dry (especially in sections heavy on economics), overall it offers a fresh take on a part of the world that does not receive much attention among the popular press. After reading the book, I could not help but to share some of Reid's cautious optimism about the "forgotten continent." This book can be enjoyed both by Latinamericanists and curious newcomers alike.
You have to look at the good examples such as Chile and even Colombia or Peru are currently developing their nations based on a democratic and open market model of development. We are capable people in this continent, we are passionate and hard workers and with a capable state apparatus we can achieve a good life and development but we are also gullible and still expect a miracle from an iluminated leader that magically transforms our societies and can achieve development with social equity but without sacrifices. This explains how Chavez, Correa, Morales, Ortega, the Kirchner couple have achieved power through their badly executed and corrupt social investment and redistribution schemes and that is why potentially rich countries such as Venezuela and Argentina are declining instead of moving forward.
I hope every educated person in Latin America have the opportunity of reading this book so at least they can glimpse the truth from other perspective. For me it was an eye oppener and I live this reality every day.
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I believe the book was a great overview of the entire.continent. Where it lacked for me was in the area of the us Mexico border, I felt it could have expanded this issue a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by smiroddi
I enjoyed how Michael showed the challenges that South American countries face and how it was important to the U.S. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RKM
The moment the author didn't include Chavez's Venezuela as a democracy, i found it difficult to read on. The author has clearly been sucked into US propaganda. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bhammer
An absolute pleasure to read! I learned a lot about the history of international economic policy and also about Latin American history. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Griswold
This book has a lot of interesting informaiton about the sad situation in the economies of Latin America for a number of decades in the past with a message of some encourgement... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Lance R Hall
Book: I got the book and CDs to listen to in my car. The author, a long time resident of the region, research this subject well and present a good history of the economic and... Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by Stephen
This highly readable book is an excellent background to the history of politics and economics that shaped C21 Latin America. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by alsy