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Modern Latin America Paperback – November 25, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195375701 ISBN-10: 019537570X Edition: 7th
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Thomas E. Skidmore is Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. He is the author of Brazil: Five Centuries of Change (OUP 1999), Politics in Brazil 1930-1964 (OUP 2007), The Politics of Military Rule in Brazil (OUP 1990), and Black into White (Duke University Press 1993).Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simon Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studes at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Democracy in Latin America (OUP 2005) and Talons of the Eagle, 3e (OUP 2008).James N. Green is Associate Professor of History and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-century Brazil (University of Chicago 1999).
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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 7 edition (November 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019537570X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195375701
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ahoj2you on December 5, 2013
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I used the book to supplement a survey course I teach on Latin America. The information is generally good and helpful. I wish I could give it a higher rating, but the quite obvious skewed interpretation of the role of religion and the church in Latin America was worrying. For example, the authors dismiss the "Cristeros" movement as one reinforced by "reactionary clergy" engaged in a "crusade," with little historical background documenting the horrific efforts of the Calles government to destroy Christianity in Mexico. There is also no mention of the anti-clerical statutes of the 1917 Constitution, which precipitated the 10-year persecution of Catholics, resulting in the death of literally thousands. Likewise in discussing the Liberation Theology of the 1960's and 70's, the authors advance a grossly oversimplified "cartoon" image of the church, when they write "In time (priests) rejected the traditional idea that, as God's chosen people, the poor should calmly accept their plight and await salvation in heaven." They further write:

"(Liberation Theology) presented a frontal challenge to traditions of the church, which granted sole authority for the interpretation of God's word to the priest and to the Pope - not individual worshipers. According to this view the proper understanding of the divine will was to be channeled exclusively through the ecclesiastical hierarchy (as emphasized by the notion of papal infallibility). There was no room for debate, doubt, or personal interpretation."

This is a wildly oversimplified and frankly intellectually smug view.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BDMJ on June 8, 2012
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I bought it for one of my graduate-level classes. While the author is a well-known Latin American specialist, the book seems a little bit too shallow or perhaps spread too thin. It is better-suited for undergrad classes, in my opinion.

My main problem with the book, however, is that it is too freakin expensive! It's the latest edition and all... but really--how much work did they really have to do to update the previous one? And it isn't *that* new--it's two years old at this point.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By piequinha on February 18, 2012
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Academic book, from a well known publisher, but I've found it to contain multiple mispellings, and also that the information was not flowing chronologically, but sort of convoluted in its organization.
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By Adair M on May 2, 2013
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This is a great book tht shows all parts of the story. Almost forgot it was a textbook such a great read.
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By Kaikuse Rora on April 23, 2015
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Too much in pro of pro communist and left governments, it seems as they were trying to convince you that socialism is good.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke S. on January 5, 2013
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I used this book in an undergad course and as a graduate I assigned the Central American section as reading to an undergrad course I assisted in. Definately not graduate level reading, but this should be obvious as it is a survey book. As far as Latin American survey texts go, I have not found on I like better than this one, Its not great by any means, but it gets the job done.
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By Caleb McKillop on January 19, 2015
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Arrived quickly and looks great! I am very pleased.
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By Marisa on November 24, 2014
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Lovely guide to Latin America in one small book.
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