Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul
Michael Reid. New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press, 2007. 384 pp. $30.
Reviewed by Colonel John C. McKay, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
Apart from popular misconceptions and mythologies, certain ingrained racial prejudices, immigration, and now the antics of Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, Latin America is writ small in the public's eye. There have been short periods of popular interest, for example in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution, during the Banana Wars of the interwar years, and the Central American wars during the Reagan and first Bush administrations. Various U.S. administrations, starting with President James Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine, have been periodically engaged with concerns south of the Mexican-U.S. border but with scant more regional insight or studied consideration than that of the general public. Though of fairly recent vintage, anti-Americanism has incurred the ire of many unaware of its roots and causes.