Latin Lessons : How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-07
  • Publisher: Wiley

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The mistakes the U.S. has made in Latin America-and the high price it will pay for them Washington has long told Latin American countries how to run their economies: bring in multinationals, eliminate the social safety net, keep government debt low, court U.S. politicians, and sign free trade agreements. In the past decade, many leaders-Hugo Chavez among the most visible-have rejected that, and those countries are now growing while the U.S. is falling apart. Combining sharp wit and great storytelling with trenchant analysis, Hal Weitzman explains why Latin America has turned against its powerful northern neighbor and why the regions newfound economic success will hurt the U.S. Reveals how the politics of oil and the rise of "resource nationalism" are reshaping Americas role in the global economy and negatively affecting its prosperity at home Illustrates analytical points with vivid stories and examples: the disappearance of the Panama hat, the sweater Evo Morales wore on a trip to Europe, and more Written by a Financial Times journalist who formerly served as their Andean correspondent based in Lima, Peru

Author Biography

Hal Weitzman is the Chicago and Midwest corres-pondent of the Financial Times. He was previously the FT's Andes correspondent, based in Lima, Peru.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
How the South Was Lostp. 1
Earthquake in the Andesp. 23
Atahualpa's Ghostp. 51
Resource Nationalismp. 75
Trading Oil, Drugs, and Insultsp. 100
Meet the Streetp. 123
Evo, Evo Presidente!p. 144
"For God and Money"p. 163
Power to the Peoplep. 180
Hugonomicsp. 198
The Curious Death of the Panama Hatp. 224
A Different Visionp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 259
Select Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 263
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