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Modern Latin America 7th Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0195375701
ISBN-10: 019537570X
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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 DAP on September 14, 2015
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Well written and organized. Just what the Professor wanted!
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Arrived quickly and looks great! I am very pleased.
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Lovely guide to Latin America in one small book.
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good text, arrived in great shape.
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