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Very in depth political, economic, and historical analysis of the region as a whole. If anything the contents of this book are too heavy to digest just by listening to the audiobook. I had to listen some chapters twice in order to understand all the facts being discussed.
The book was written sometime in the mid 2000s. Many things have changed since then. Chavez was still alive when the book was finished.
I think the author is a little bit on the conservative side and more pro-business but always staying objective and provided the big picture on all sides of the story. This isn't a surprise since he worked as a writer for the Economist.
I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about my own country and region.
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As a reporter for the Economist - (I'm a subscriber) Michael Reid presents good info on Latin America with a slant on economics. I have no problem with his view point that Hugo Chavez is a corrupt populist in the tradition of preceding generations of flawed head's of state.
The problem with the book is disorganization. He skips around from country to country when discussing various topics, with the end result of the listener having a problem retaining the info. The topics are often blurred in a hodge podge of issues. Had the book been organized by country it would have been easier to follow.
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