Forgotten Continent by Michael Reid audiobook

Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul

By Michael Reid
Read by Gary Dikeos

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781455110551

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  • ISBN: 9781455110599

Runtime: 18.55 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

AudioFile Best Book of the Year

Latin America has often been condemned to failure. Neither poor enough to evoke Africa's moral crusade nor as explosively booming as India and China, it has largely been overlooked by the West. Yet this vast continent, home to half a billion people, the world's largest reserves of arable land, and 8.5 percent of global oil, is busily transforming its political and economic landscape.

This book argues that, rather than failing the test, Latin America's efforts to build fairer and more prosperous societies make it one of the world's most vigorous laboratories for capitalist democracy. In many countries—including Brazil, Chile, and Mexico—democratic leaders are laying the foundations for faster economic growth and more inclusive politics, as well as tackling deep-rooted problems of poverty, inequality, and social injustice. They face a new challenge from Hugo Ch├ívez's oil-fuelled populism, and much is at stake. Failure will increase the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants to the United States and Europe, jeopardize stability in a region rich in oil and other strategic commodities, and threaten some of the world's most majestic natural environments.

Drawing on Michael Reid's many years of reporting from inside Latin America's cities, presidential palaces, and shantytowns, this book provides a vivid, immediate, and informed account of a dynamic continent and its struggle to compete in a globalized world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliantly researched and annotated work of scholarship.” New York Times Book Review
“[A] comprehensive and erudite assessment of the region…While the social and economic face of Latin Americais becoming more attractive, political life remains ugly and, in some countries, is getting even uglier.” Washington Post
“Reid’s book offers something valuable to both specialists and the general reading public…He writes of Latin Americawith great empathy, intelligence, and insight.” Hispanic American Historical Review
“Reid’s account is essential reading for its clear portrayal of what can be called a post-‘Washingtonconsensus’ view of Latin America.” Journal of American History
“No one who seriously aspires to discuss Latin American politics, economics, and culture should go without reading Forgotten Continent.” National Interest
“[An] intelligent and thoughtful overview…Reid offers a serious and well-written synthesis of Latin America’s political economy that is meticulously supported by a wealth of data and the work of the best scholars studying the region.” Americas
“Narrator Gary Dikeos has a deep voice that lends an authoritative tone to this well researched book. Although Latin America has 500 million people and is the United States’ closest southern neighbor, our attitudes and policies toward this region usually take a backseat to Europe and Asia. The author’s argument is that Latin America is an awakening giant that could overtake the U.S. in many economic areas by the middle of the century. Dikeos narrates slowly and assuredly and has crystal-clear diction in both English and Spanish. His success in transforming the author’s intent into a vivid audio performance makes what could have been just another lament about Latin America into a compelling story.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Reid

Author Bio: Michael Reid

Michael Reid is editor of the Americas section of the Economist. Previously based in Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, he has traveled throughout Latin America and reported for the BBC, the Guardian, and the Economist since 1982.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 18.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English