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Understanding Central America
Understanding Central America
By John A. Booth and Thomas W. Walker
Westview Press, 1989, 208 pp.

A primer on Central America and the causes and consequences of its current civil wars by two leading scholar-advocates who argue that "as long as the U.S. government remains a de facto ally of the privileged minorities of the region . . . it will simply be underwriting continuing instability." Although the authors portray Central America's complexities from their particular vantage point, they present much useful data and analysis needed for an introduction to this troubled region.