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'The crisis in contemporary Bolivia is exceptional even by the formidable standards of the region. A confrontation between global forces and local populations, a battle over basic ideas in political economy, a comprehensive struggle over natural resources and their proper use, and a prolonged dispute over the political organisation of the republic have combined in an extraordinary experience of contested nationhood. This admirable book is written with both bold engagement and clear-headedness. Its authority derives from the author's deep knowledge of Bolivia, where they have lived and on which they have written over a range of issues. Lucid and well structured, the book provides an excellent synthetic account and analysis of the Bolivian labyrinth.' James Dunkerley is Professor of Politics and History and Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London and editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies. 'An extraordinary achievement...The authors leave little doubt that the main cause for Bolivia's turbulent contemporary history is neo-liberalism. But they look beyond simple causalities in their analysis...The book will, beyond the slightest doubt, become a major reference for scholars attempting to analyse Bolivia's endeavours. It is well documented, has a clear structure and combines engagement with lucidity...outstanding and a must for every Bolivia scholar.' Ton Salman, Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe 'Impasse in Bolivia is a thoughtful and thorough analysis of Bolivia's struggle over the past two decades with neoliberal policies...fills a critical gap in literature on Bolivia, providing an astute analysis of the forces that have dictated the course of Bolivia's recent history...Policy-makers, journalists, academics and students of Latin American politics alike will benefit from the window this book offers into the complexities of a country that has taught the world about the dangers of foreign prescriptions and highlighted the chasm between Western theoretical solutions and the Andean reality.' Melissa Draper, the Democracy Center, Cochabamba

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Benjamin Kohl is Assistant Professor, Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University. Linda Farthing is a journalist who has specialized in Latin American affairs.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842777599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842777596
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ML on September 29, 2007
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This is an excellent, comprehensive account of the forces that led to the ascencion of Evo Morales. Morales himself is not the focus, instead the authors examine the history of liberalism (as a social order) and neoliberalism (as an economic order) in Bolivia. They aptly relate the effects of liberalism to the clamour for change.
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Excelent work done by its authors. Describing the abusive regime in Bolivia. I LOVE Bolivia but unfortunately I was forced to leave due to the anti-American moviment to which a completely understand in my heart.

From 1998 to the year 2007, I've lived in Bolivia. In a particular place called THE RED ZONE in the Chapare, Amazon basin of Bolivia (between Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba), was very dangerous and considered as a "do not travel through it" area, in every travel guide brochure. Here I sadly discovered that the indigenous children were undergoing a LOT of deprivations due to the US WAR ON DRUGS program.

We were there to fight the WAR on poverty, in a remote area of Bolivia in a place where Bolivian soldiers, trained by the Americans, were sent to eradicate the coca production. Unfortunately, this was the only livelihood of the uneducated jungle dwellers. The soldiers did nothing to retrain the native people, leaving behind famine and desperation.

They've succeed and the USAID, after the eradication of their cash crop (coca leaves), have substitute it for bananas (alternative program). These indigenous population of the CHAPARE REGION had no education, no money, no means of transporting this produce to the nearest city and thus, ended up with very little money for daily survival. We are talking about the RAIN FOREST, mud slides and confrontation with political parties and US trained UMOPAR (military) squads.

My heart goes out to the Bolivian people. I wish I could go back.

A BOLIVIAN at heart. Read this book and you will understand what I am refering to.
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I've led several philanthropic delegations to Bolivia during the past several years and Impasse in Bolivia, along with Linda Farthing's other writings on Bolivia, have held an important spot on my recommended reading list for participants on those trips. Her accessible analysis of this fascinating and complex country are a great resource for those seeking a deeper understanding.
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This book will satisfy anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the social, economic, and political issues that have conflicted the wonderful people of this wonderful country since the 'colonization era.' It is an academically challenging book that pushes readers to look past superficial explanations for the severe social inequities and political turmoil within the country. In place, it offers a comprehensive understanding of the social and political realities of the Bolivian people, one which can be applied in order to comprehend the struggles faced by many developing countries like it. Highly recommended.
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By Tom H Ryan on October 23, 2009
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well organized, easy to read, and informative, this was one of the best books on Bolivia I've read.
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