Too many books about world problems are so studiously written that only the experts read them with any understanding and they profit least from the exercise. This one can be read by anyone. Here is a book about Latin-America which depicts this critical crisis facing Americans in flesh and blood terms. The author, a veteran journalist who has had close contact with Latin-America for more than 18 years gives the reader a feel for what might be termed an eye witness account. His other books include Cervantes, a Bruce fellowship award volume, The Communist War on Religion: an autobiography, Nothing is Quite Enough. Mr. MacEoin indicts Americans in general for their failure to be concerned with the tremendous stake which they have in the future of South America. The practical, economic and security reasons are pointed up but the emphasis is on the moral responsibility to render aid to people who need help. It is not a one-sided indictment, however. He scores the Latins for not understanding the native Indians. The Catholic hierarchy is chided for failing to see the social evils afflicting their people; the landowners are upbraided for exploitation of the poor. But the book is not all negative. Latin-America: The Eleventh Hour is truly a capable reporter's view in depth of the critical situation in South America which deserves sane and sober reading by all Americans who are concerned about extinguishing the burning fuse, lest one explosion (Cuba) lead to a chain reaction which would be catastrophic. May this book become the instrument for understanding of a complex situation which demands resolution, if we are to continue living free.