The title has the virtues and vices of a one-author reference book. A reviewer of Dent's Encyclopedia of Modern Mexico (Scarecrow, 2002) observed that "the author's prejudices do break through," and they do here as well. In the article on diplomats, Dent refers to "pin-striped plenipotentiaries." In many articles (for example, Operation Condor), quotation marks are too often used for emphasis. Some facts could have used checking, most notably the reference to the 1817-1925 presidency of James Monroe in the introduction (p.xxii), although his dates are correct in the main text.
The book would be most suited to an academic library's Latin American collection or a large public library with a strong interest in Latin America. Kathleen Stipek
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"The stength of this book is the succinct writing and the inclusion of concepts, strategies, ideologies, doctrines, conflicts, and processes. The 20-page index is also excellent. Although some may not agree with Dent's arguably liberal bias, his treatment of the topics is for the most part fair and balanced. Recommended for all academic and larger public libraries." - Library Journal
"Dent surveys U.S.-Latin American relations from the federal period through the presidency of George W. Bush….[s]uited to an academic library's Latin American collection or a large public library with a strong interest in Latin America." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"College-level students of international politics will find Historical Dictionary of U.S.-Latin American Relations lends to a blend of history and politics in quick reference format, allowing for both thematic reference and biographical or political study. These aren't just brief passages either: in-depth overviews are accompanied by bibliographic references for further reading." - MBR Bookwatch