Richard Feinberg

Capsule Review
SEPT/OCT
2014
Richard Feinberg

In international negotiations with seemingly much stronger states, astute developing countries can sometimes successfully defend their national interests and even win major victories.

Capsule Review
SEPT/OCT
2014
Richard Feinberg

Andreas argues that Washington should recognize that contraband capitalism is driven by demand and that solutions to the problem of illicit trade must address that reality. 

Capsule Review
SEPT/OCT
2014
Richard Feinberg

In Peru in 1780, anger over the many abuses of the Spanish colonial authorities spurred a Jesuit-educated, middle-class, indigenous merchant who called himself Túpac Amaru to organize an armed rebellion 

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Richard Feinberg

In this ambitious, at times gripping work of historical fiction, Padura re-creates the 1940 assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico.

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Richard Feinberg

Democratic stability in Latin America requires sustainable economic growth and ample opportunities for upward social mobility. This timely collection of academic studies explores the role of small businesses in achieving those objectives.

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Richard Feinberg

These complementary studies by two of Latin America’s leading economists astutely combine rational analysis with political sensitivity.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard Feinberg

Offering much more hope than despair, these sophisticated reflections by a veteran Chilean scholar-politician -- who currently serves in the country’s Senate -- seem especially pertinent given recent events.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard Feinberg

As a young anthropologist, Howe traveled to Nicaragua to investigate how rights typically codified in the developed world, especially sexual freedoms, might be reformulated in the developing world.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard Feinberg

Throughout the Western Hemisphere, frustration with dysfunctional national governments is inspiring a search for alternatives at the supranational, regional, and very local levels.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard Feinberg

Ainslie’s book is mainly a journalistic account of the horrific drug-related violence and deeply entrenched police corruption that have wracked the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Richard Feinberg

Quesadillas is a satirical, tragicomic, bottom-up portrait of Mexico in the 1980s, in the waning years of the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s dominance.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Richard Feinberg

A senior Venezuelan diplomat-scholar, Toro Hardy depicts a rapidly declining United States and Europe and an emerging Chinese powerhouse, voicing an increasingly common perspective on global trends.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Richard Feinberg

This well-argued interpretive economic history is reasonably balanced in its assessment of the region’s progress and shortcomings.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Richard Feinberg

Pérez, a masterful historian of Cuba, argues that whether Fidel Castro was motivated by heartfelt convictions or political opportunism, the Cuban leader undeniably understood the power of the past to drive contemporary politics.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Richard Feinberg

As U.S. President Jimmy Carter entered the White House in 1977, determined to restore purposeful idealism to U.S. foreign policy, a brutal military dictatorship in Argentina was systematically torturing and murdering thousands of suspected leftists.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
Richard Feinberg

The Cuban American novelist García tries her hand at political fiction, with only partial success.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
Richard Feinberg

Frank produces a remarkably rich, gritty account of daily life today in the twilight of Caribbean socialism.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
Richard Feinberg

Lynch narrates the 500-year history of the Catholic Church in Latin America with fluidity and intelligence, concluding that although “tradition confronts modernity, authority and liberty in the Church have remained indivisible, each a restraint on excess in the other.”

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
Richard Feinberg

The veteran human rights advocates whose writings are collected here celebrate the forward march of Latin Americans in securing political freedoms, even as the book calls for more attention to economic, social, and cultural rights.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Richard Feinberg

Bustos extols Guevara’s sacrificial utopianism and historical fatalism, yet his stories constitute a less flattering profile of the man’s leadership style and analytic grasp.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Richard Feinberg

The daughter of a prominent revolutionary family, Piñeiro Harnecker has emerged as an influential advocate for cooperatives and worker self-management in a changing Cuba.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Richard Feinberg

It is surely too soon to issue a definitive verdict on the reign of Fidel Castro, but this preliminary effort well sums up the current assessment of most centrist Cuba observers.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Richard Feinberg

O’Neil sketches a persuasively optimistic portrait of Mexico, one at odds with the crime-drenched media reports and alarmist warnings of nativists in the United States.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Richard Feinberg

Stuart interweaves the journeys of the author’s ancestors with the turbulent history of the English-speaking Caribbean islands and their role in the making of the Atlantic world.

Capsule Review
May/June
2013
Richard Feinberg

The author’s father, a distinguished physician and prominent human rights activist, was gunned down in 1987 in Medellín, Colombia, by one of the right-wing death squads that operated with impunity in the country at that time. This poetic memoir is many things at once: a sensitive son’s recollections of growing up in a loving family; a proud homage to his generous father, who was devoted to his relatives, his many medical students, and his wider community and whom Abad describes as “Christian in religion, Marxist in economics, and liberal in politics”; and a moving contemplation of human tragedy and memory (“an opaque, cracked mirror”).