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The Pan-American dream : do Latin America’s cultural values discourage true partnership with the United States and Canada?.

Harrison, Lawrence E., 1932-

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ISBN 10: 046508916X / ISBN 13: 9780465089161
Verlag: New York : BasicBooks, 1997, 1997
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Titel: The Pan-American dream : do Latin America’s ...

Verlag: New York : BasicBooks, 1997

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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This timely and important study offers detailed histories of North and South America to illuminate how different cultural values have produced widely disparate social and economic outcomes. In the context of the present, the book explores what can be done to enhance the prospects for forging a dynamic community in the Western Hamisphere. Index.

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An intriguing, discursive inquiry into the variant wealth of Latin and North American nations, from a former foreign aid official who knows the territory. Before evaluating whether Central and South American countries can begin to match the economic and sociopolitical successes made by El Norte, Harrison (Who Prospers?, 1992) reviews what he terms the cultural divide. In brief, the author argues that the North's Anglo-Protestant heritage has produced results greatly superior to those of a South burdened by an authoritarian Ibero-Catholic tradition that devalues initiative and mistrusts free markets. Getting down to business, Harrison assesses the blessings democratic capitalism has conferred on Canada and the US while caudillos, clerics, leftist revolutionaries, and assorted others have arrested the development of their New World neighbors. With time out to excoriate intellectuals on both sides of the equator for perpetuating unfounded Marxian myths of Yanqui exploitation, he goes on to provide detailed reports on four bellwether nations (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico) that could make their own way as stable industrial powers in the foreseeable future. Also covered are such sore subjects as the traffic in drugs, immigration (illegal and otherwise), trade imbalances, and the extension of NAFTA. On balance, Harrison concludes, there are grounds for believing that in time many Latin countries can achieve reforms sufficient to make them full-fledged members of a world-class community within the Western Hemisphere. A savvy observer's perceptive (and optimistic) take on a populous part of the world that remains an afterthought for most North Americans. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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