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A cluster of five countries, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, are commonly referred to as Central America. Although these nations differ in their histories and politics, they share at least one factor; they have been caught up in the turmoil of America's foreign policy in this region. This audiobook depicts the chain of events that have led to the Central America we view on television.
©1991 Knowledge Products, Inc. (P)1991 Knowledge Products, Inc.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Phil
  • 17/01/2009

Struggling Central America

This was a summarized history of the countries making up Central America. Form the days of the Mayans to now, the area struggled to fulfill promise. Liberal and conservative forces were in constant struggle with each other and US involvement generally made things worse. It was after the Catholic church decided to support the many poor that they too ran into repressive reaction. The part that typified US involvement was about how Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, gave support to repressive right wing regimes to protect his interests as a shareholder and member of the board of the United Fruit Company. We called the oppressed native people communists which was a way to avoid helping the needy and support evil over good. The book was read by Harry Reasoner and he has a pleasant voice. Listening to it helped me prepare for an upcoming visit to Guatemala.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Anders
  • 14/04/2018

Avoid!

The narration: the idea of having an actor other than the narrator read quotes is never a good idea, except possibly in a book for children. When that actor in question tries to imitate voices, it becomes silly. When he does it with fake accents, it get totally unbearable. The principal narrator is poor, but it would nevertheless had been better had he read the whole thing.

The story told is most superficial. The book is totally void of critical analysis. If you want to learn about Central America, you will do better to spend half an hour with an encyclopedia. Don’t waste your money on this garbage.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Georgie
  • 10/05/2021

Eye opening

My parents came to the US before I was born very young. Growing up in Chicago I learned nothing at all about my history. It’s just not taught in CPS. I felt anger, sadness and felt lost listening to this book. I felt erased by American history. Learning pieces of where I come from. Finding out I could have literally never been born if my great grandparents didn’t survive the battles. If your someone like me. Latin descent but removed from Central America. Give this book a listen. This started a rabbit hole for me. I’ve been YouTubing more while listening to this book. I look forward to learning more. Wish Audible had more books on this on plus.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Russell Jones
  • 07/05/2021

Outstanding!

I absoloutely love this, but it makes me want to vomit hearing about how terrible the people of Central America were treated through history by Spain and the English. If you are like me with a Honduran wife and son this is a must read/listen!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andy
  • 28/01/2021

Honest and Engaging.

Loved the performances from all the separate voice actors. I'm glad it was an honest retelling of history and not the white washed one we're so accustomed to hearing from the American media and education system. Glad they also pointed out the connections between UFC and the US gov, and how capitalist greed led to the massacre of so many working poor and indigenous populations.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen
  • 02/11/2018

good historical perspective

good historical perspective... Note that it's published in 1991. I would much enjoy an updated version.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 08/05/2018

Great, Information.

I gain so much insight, this has motivated me to pursue more information about the Americans.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • B Sweeney
  • 18/03/2016

good background for Central Ameri

good overview of Central American history voice overs the accent can be a little distracting but overall it was good