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First published in Spanish in March 1996, the 'Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot' opens up the ever-increasing debate in Latin America regarding its 'underdeveloped' status. Witty, incisive, fact-packed, and entertaining, it was written by three disillusioned ex-leftists, or former 'Latin American Idiots', who believe that true free market reform is Latin America's only hope.
In this Guide, the authors target many of Latin America's traditionally heroic icons, such as Castro, Che Guevara, Simon Bolivar, and the 'popular church'. They also target sentiments of victimization and anti-Americanism and the blissful ignorance of economics that have for years provided so many Latin Americans with faulty explanations for their miseries. The Guide urges the Latin American Idiot to stop blaming others - the United States, the foreign debt, the multinationals - and start facing facts. Despite exciting controversy in Latin America, this provocative book reached number one on the nonfiction bestseller lists in many countries and is sure to continue prompting thoughtful - and sharp - debate on the origins of Latin America's crises.