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4.0 out of 5 stars SEEKING A BALANCED ASSESMENT, February 7, 2008
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This review is from: Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression (Hardcover)
Vargas Llosa's book is not about a perfect recipe. It is an honest insightful review of the Iberian world in the Western Hemisphere, well researched and documented by a Latin, who like his colleagues in arms, Carlos A. Montaner and Alberto Apuleyo are trying to tell the politicians, businessmen and others in the developed countries, to divest themselves of the pink glasses through which they, for decades have looked at Latin America. Even today, as I pore over the reviews on our countries (I am a Latin) I continue to feel disappointment in the intense focus given to growth rates, GDP, exports and imports and other matters that wind up creating economic charts and indices. Latin America cannot be, and any country for the same reason, assessed by simply reading its economic numbers. Liberty as the developed Western World understands it is not a reality in the Hemisphere and the book does a brilliant exercise in explaining why, though the steps to gaining it are only a suggestion and not a mandate as other reviews seem to conclude. This reading is a must for any Latin or foreigner needing to understand....why? Democracy is a hollow word in the region when the definition is placed against the realities found in most of our countries with some exceptional rays of hope. Latin America needs to be understood and its societies given the support wherever real democray and the support of human liberties can start to gain a solid, permanent foothold. The stability of the entire Hemisphere is at the end, what is at play.
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