Review by Choice Review
Concise, balanced, and well written, this overview of Latin America and the Caribbean deserves to be in every library. It is destined to become the standard single-volume work on Latin America. The general editors, all highly respected historians, have crafted a work notable not only for a masterful synthesis, but for its excellent illustrations, maps, graphs, charts, and time lines as well. Brief signed articles provide a succinct treatment of the physical environment, economy, people, history, politics and society, and culture of this most complex, varied, and interesting area of the world. Each article concludes with suggestions for further reading. Most of these references are to well-known works available in many libraries. The editors have chosen to organize information topically rather than to present it in an alphabetic arrangement, as is common in many encyclopedias. Fortunately, the index is adequate to the task. In a few instances, the zeal of the indexer might be questioned, e.g., the entry ``frogs'' leads to the reader to a two-sentence statement; ``dolphins'' to one. This volume easily supersedes the Encyclopedia of Latin America, ed. by Helen Delpar (CH, May '75), to which Collier and Blakemore contributed. For readers at all levels.-J.H. Whaley Jr., Virginia Commonwealth University
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Review by Booklist Review
This thorough introduction to the region's history and culture is an expert source of background information. (O 1 85)
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Review by Library Journal Review
This is one of an ongoing series of one-volume encyclopedias on various regions of the world. Previous volumes have been devoted to China (1981), Africa ( LJ 5/1/82), and the Soviet Union (1982). The present volume is edited by three well-known Latin Americanists, with a contributing cast of largely British authors. There are sections on geography, the economy, the people, and politics; but the largest sections describe the region's history and culture. Smaller subsections focus on a wide range of topics, from the wars of Latin America to Latin American science and Caribbean music. Controversial subjects such as the Cuban revolution and the Falklands/Malvinas crisis receive balanced coverage. Suggestions for additional readings (some a bit dated) follow each subsection. Fifty-five maps, a glossary, more than 200 illustrations (some in color), and an excellent index make the volume a pleasure to use. It should prove a boon not only for high school and university students but for the general public as well. Highly recommended. Brian E. Coutts, Rice Univ. Lib., Houston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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