The author attempts to redress what she perceives as an imbalance in the literature on Soviet-Latin American relations by considering them with reference to both parties' relations with other powers, particularly the United States. Both the Soviet Union and specific Latin American countries have at times developed relationships with each other in order to influence their relations with Washington. Beyond this dimension, Moscow's interest in Latin America is primarily commercial but quite limited. The extremely close Soviet-Cuban relation is seen as idiosyncratic, the product of a unique set of circumstances that had more to do with the maneuvering of Eisenhower and Castro than with initiatives from Moscow. An informative and stimulating work.