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In this insightful analysis of the Latin American left, Castañeda shows why hostility and misunderstanding between the left and the U.S. have endured since the 1920s, and he outlines changes that are taking place today likely to produce a coexistence with the United States.
With the collapse of Soviet communism, the Latin American left, whether in or out of power, faces challenges that will inevitably affect the United States' involvement in the region. Castañeda shows why hostility and misunderstanding between the left and the United States have endured since the 1920s, and why the Latin left has not proved capable of solving its dilemma of how to carry out revolution or lasting reforms without incurring the wrath of Washington. Utopia Unarmed examines the strengths and weaknesses of Fidel Castro, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, the Peronists, Lula and the PT in Brazil, the Sandinistas, the Shining Path, and other representatives of the left, and describes the clashing interests, distrust, and insensitivity that have marked the conflict between the two continents. Finally, Castañeda outlines the changes that are taking place today in Latin America which are likely to produce a modern, mature, and truly imaginative relationship with the United States.