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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I gain so much insight, this has motivated me to pursue more information about the Americans.
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.
good overview of Central American history voice overs the accent can be a little distracting but overall it was good