By Michael Reid
Latin the US has frequently been condemned to failure. Neither terrible adequate to rouse Africa’s ethical campaign, nor as explosively booming as India and China, it has mostly been ignored through the West. but this gigantic continent, domestic to part one thousand million humans, the world’s biggest reserves of arable land, and 8.5 percentage of worldwide oil, is busily remodeling its political and financial landscape.
This ebook argues that instead of failing the attempt, Latin America’s efforts to construct fairer and extra wealthy societies make it one of many world’s so much energetic laboratories for capitalist democracy. in lots of countries—including Brazil, Chile and Mexico—democratic leaders are laying the rules for swifter fiscal development and extra inclusive politics, in addition to tackling deep-rooted difficulties of poverty, inequality, and social injustice. They face a brand new problem from Hugo Chávez’s oil-fuelled populism, and masses is at stake. Failure increases the circulate of substances and unlawful immigrants to the U.S. and Europe, jeopardize balance in a quarter wealthy in oil and different strategic commodities, and threaten the various world's such a lot majestic average environments.
Drawing on Michael Reid’s decades of reporting from inside of Latin America’s towns, presidential palaces, and shantytowns, the ebook offers a shiny, quick, and proficient account of a dynamic continent and its fight to compete in a globalized world.
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