Bernard O'Donnell

This was an interesting book on an area of politics I have been fascinated by and that of Brazil in particular. I did find it rather hard to follow the themes through, but suspect that is my problem in not knowing enough about the region.

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Jeffrey For a more straightforward introduction to Latin America's dirty wars, one that departs from realism to great dramatic and comic effect, I would recommend "The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts" by Louis de Bernieres.

I would say that Ribiero's book is more of a diplomatic character study than it is an explication of right-wing politics in South America. To read "His Own Man" as a critique of U.S. interventionism in Latin America is, to me, to commit the sin of thinking that everything is about America.
Bob H If you are a US citizen, this should interest you, once the story is well under way and these Brazilian officials realize they're a part of a bigger US-directed Cold War -- and they're a sideshow, at that. Nonetheless, it's a campaign that will overthrow several Latin American democracies and destroy tens of thousands of lives in the name of anti-Communism. It's an indirect way of telling it -- this character floats above a very dirty flow of history -- but the fact it's an obscure region to US readers recommends it.
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