Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations

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Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations


Hurley, Joseph A., Reference & User Services Quarterly


Encyclopedia of U.S.--Latin American Relations. Ed. by Thomas M. Leonard. Los Angeles: CQ Press, 2012. 3 vols. acid free $500 (ISBN 978-0-87289-762-5). Online available, call for pricing.

While geographic neighbors, the United States and Latin American countries experienced different political and economic development patterns, which has often contributed to a differing and uneven political relationship between the United States and Latin American nations. Whether imbalanced or self-serving, US-Latin American relations have been and continue to be significant influential factors in important policy developments from the Monroe Doctrine to neoliberalization. The Encyclopedia of U.S.--Latin American Relations, edited by Thomas M. Leonard, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of North Florida, is an authoritative and comprehensive resource focused exclusively on the political, social, economic and military relations between the United States and the nations of Latin America. A three-volume set, this alphabetically organized encyclopedia contains over 800 entries, numerous maps, photographs, an index, cross-references, and suggested further readings, and provides an introduction essay which places US-Latin American relations into a historical context.

A significant resource, the Encyclopedia of U.S.--Latin American Relations offers a remarkable breadth of topics spanning over 200 years. Entries include standard topics such as descriptions of relations with the United States by country and entries on important individuals such as Fidel Castro. Leonard's volumes also contain less formulaic entries such as "Communism in Latin America." The strength of this encyclopedia rests not only with its comprehensiveness, but also with the quality of the entries which offer very well-researched, yet concise, topical synopses, each with a very useful further readings list. Containing over 800 entries by 160 expert contributors and a team of four skillful editors, the Encyclopedia of U. …

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