"Conway's survey is not merely good, it is masterful. His mastery flows from the enormous breadth of experience and understanding that he has developed over a professional lifetime working on nineteenth-century topics in a variety of countries. Like all real mastery, Conway's does not require (or admit) fuss. It does not fill his pages, but rather, inform them. It is the hidden part of the iceberg. The lucidity and reader friendliness of this book come precisely from Conway's not telling the reader everything he knows. Instead, he tells the reader--not the narrow specialist, but rather, the interested nonspecialist--what he or she needs to know in order to form an accurate idea of the topic and its place in the larger picture."
, author of Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence
"Conway renders the everyday cultural life of nineteenth-century Latin Americans in vivid prose that makes the reader feel like a witness to episodes and stories retold and analyzed with humor and verve."
, author of The Tribute of Blood: Army, Honor, Race, and Nation in Brazil, 1864–1945
About the Author
Christopher Conway is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is author of The Cult of Bolivar in Latin American Literature
(University Press of Florida, 2003) and editor of Peruvian Traditions
(Oxford University Press, 2004).