In the ""Portraits of the Nations"" series, a fine, comprehensive overview of a leading Latin American country. As with...

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THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA

In the ""Portraits of the Nations"" series, a fine, comprehensive overview of a leading Latin American country. As with other titles in the series, the general reader's lack of knowledge as to the details of Spanish colonial rule or the unique terrain of Venezuela is wisely taken into account. Geography, cultural life, and pre- and post-independence history are all presented clearly and intelligently. Simón Bolívar's role in the formation of independent Venezuela is given its due, but the Great Liberator doesn't overshadow the country's important, if unstable, subsequent history. Boxed ""mini facts"" and brief discussions highlight elements of the main text: especially useful, intriguing topics include the African influence on Venezuelan culture, the importance of the chocolate tree in the country's colonial economy, the use of double surnames, and key political figures of the 20th century. Annotated bibliography; index and b&w maps and photos not seen.

Pub Date: Nov. 30, 1991

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 208

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1991