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Saving the Americas: The Dangerous Decline of Latin America and What The U.S. Must Do Hardcover – October 23, 2007
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About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANDRES OPPENHEIMER is the Latin American editor and foreign affairs columnist with The Miami Herald. His syndicated column, The Oppenheimer Report, appears twice a week in The Miami Herald and in more than 40 U.S. and Latin American newspapers, including La Nacion of Argentina and Reforma of Mexico. He is a regular political
analyst with CNN en Español, and a frequent guest at PBS' Jim Lehrer News Hour. He also hosts his own television talk show in Spanish on current events, Oppenheimer Presenta.
His previous positions at The Miami Herald included Mexico City bureau chief, foreign correspondent, and business writer. He previously worked for five years with The Associated Press in New York, and has contributed on a free-lance basis to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, CBS News, and the BBC.
Oppenheimer is the co-winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize as a member of The Miami Herald team that uncovered the Iran-Contra scandal. He won the Inter-American Press Association Award twice (1989 and 1994); the 1997 award of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; the 1993 Ortega y Gasset Award of Spain's daily El País; the 1998 Maria Moors Cabot Award of Columbia University; the 2001 King of Spain Award, given out by the Spanish news agency EFE and King Juan Carlos I of Spain; and an Overseas Press Club Award in 2002. The Ortega y Gasset and the King of Spain awards are the two most prestigious journalism awards in the Spanish-speaking world.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he studied law for four years at the University of Buenos Aires' Law School, and moved to the United States in 1976 with a fellowship from the World Press Institute. After a year at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, he obtained a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York in
Oppenheimer was selected by the Forbes Media Guide as one of the “500 most important journalists” of the United States in 1993, and by Poder magazine as one of the “100 most powerful people” in Latin America in 2002.
For more information on Andres Oppenheimer: www.AndresOppenheimer.com
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How do they do it ? they pay a bonification of less than 100 USD monthly to all people that qualify by being unemployed, poor, being a single mother, etc. these peolple become dependant in slaries of the government. Since most of these people are also informal traders they receive their income from their informal business and also a government subsidy so of course they love Correa.
While Chavez, Correa, Morales, the Kirchner couple, Ortega and now the El Salvadoran president (forgot his name) are moving along in their populist/socialist schemes favoring only their prospects of keeping power indefinitely other regions that only 15 years ago were having economical trouble (mainly India, China and eastern Europe) have geared themselves to becoming competitive and inviting investment.
While in Asia there is a huge investment in education specially technical to be able to incorporate the new technological advances and be able to have a competitive workforce we in latin America squender resources in trying to provide free education to everybody and in fields that will not make a competitive workforce, this is added to the poor reputation of legal insecurity of the region and the anti-capitalist rethoric of the most vocal leaders is driving investment away.
Latin America has squendered another decade trying to revive systems that failed in the past and has done little to improve competitiveness. We are on the road to failure.
I only hope and pray that our leaders will read and try to understand parts of this book and steer us in a better direction.
My criticism of the book are few, but must be made clear to potential consumers. First, as mentioned before, this is a non-academic text. The author relies heavily on second-hand resources. His objective is to only to bring the major themes, ideas, and events and provide commentary on them, which he does well. So, if considering buying this book be aware that that this book is non-academic and not appropriate for research.
Secondly, I found the title of the book misleading. The book is a translation of an earlier work in Spanish which carries a different and more appropriate title: "Cuentos Chinos" (Chinese Stories). Oppenheimer spends a considerable amount of time contrasting Latin Americas struggle with its economies and democratization to Eastern Asia. Little mention is actually made about the U.S. with few exceptions. The author provides a "prologue" and an "afterword" to the North American edition, but that is it. Therefore, the subtitle that reads "...and what the U.S. Must Do" should more correctly read "...what the World Must Do" because it certainly isn't written specifically for the U.S.
A fascinating book that deserves to be read and re-read. A translation from the Spanish, it is a must buy.
Seth J. Frantzman
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