About The Book
This indispensable guide offers a comprehensive, country-by-country look at the current state of affairs in the most explosive region of the hemisphere. Largely ignored by the American public and often exploited by Washington, Central America became a center of U.S. and world attention in 1979 with the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua and the continuing guerrilla war in El Salvador. Over the next decade more than $8 billion in U.S. military and economic aid poured into the region as it became an ideological and social battleground.
In Central America Inside Out Tom Barry turns a penetrating eye on this region, its crises, and their causes. Digging from the “inside out,” he provides a trenchant analysis of the region’s internal dynamics and international relations, examining in detail each country’s government and politics, military, economy, society, and environment, as well as the role played there by the United States.
From Guatemala to Panama, Central America Inside Out offers an unsurpassed survey of this often misunderstood but important region.
“A thorough, well-documented . . . investigation of the extend and consequences of North American government and business influence over Central American politics and economics.” –Kirkus Reviews
“The Central America Fact Book is indispensable. No serious Latin Americanist can afford to have this book out of reach.” –Larry Birns, Council on Hemispheric Affairs
“A badly needed and easy-to-use reference book.” –Walter LaFeber, Cornell University