An authoritative and concise introduction to an area of such great economic potential is certainly needed. This history has been written by a specialist who was closely connected with Latin America for over 40 years. His text emphasizes how many races and classes have contributed to the civilization of this great land-mass, with its vast mountain ranges, rivers, prairies, forests, and deserts: Indians, European conquistadores, priests, planters, African slaves, caudillos, liberal intellectuals, and commercial pioneers.More
"A beginner's guide to the continent....Lively and full of anecdote." (Financial Times)
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Mr Pendle's approach to Latin American history is thoroughly Anglo. By this I mean that, in his view, Great Britain played an overwhelming role in the wars and independence of the Spanish colonies and in their further development throughout the XIX and XX centuries. (?) Moreover, and possibly owing to the fact that this seems to be a 1963 edition, the language used to describe specific human groups such as the Spaniards, the "Criollos" and the Natives is very frequently plagued by politically incorrect monickers such as "ignorant", "slow", "lazy" "slothful" and even "stupid"!! (One point for British arrogance; zero points for British intellectual sensitivity).
In spite of the aforesaid, one must recognize there is a genuine desire to be comprehensive and incorporate as much as possible of Latin American history in the space available.
Mr Williams rendering of the book is outrageously tedious, in spite of the fact that the man possesses a very fine and silky voice. His inclination to a monotone and lethargic reading makes it quite difficult to follow him without falling asleep. I honestly must say that I am a regular listener of audiobooks and therefore pretty well trained in listening skills, but Mr Williams nevertheless is a very trying experience,
See my previous comments.
Time for a newer version of Latin American history in your Audible options.
Great overview of the last few hundred years
- Jean Le Lupi